a group of the latest pups that have come in
Life at ARF never stops and neither does the flow of puppies being dropped off at the shelter. At any given time we always have at least several litters. Some days are spent rescuing a litter that is stuck somewhere or has lost their mother. Some long days and nights are spent nursing pups back to life, staying with them, comforting them, feeding them and worrying over them each and every hour. Some days are spent having to turn people away with puppies because we just do not have the funds or space. A few wonderful days are spent matching up our wonderful fosters with a group of pups or better yet their forever home.
We have had some great puppy adoptions recently. People always love the puppies so they are somewhat easier to get adopted then the older dogs. We spend our weekends showing them off at various adoption events and promoting them online. We've also spent a lot of time rescuing puppies though. It is so important to spay and neuter to help prevent litter after litter of unwanted pups. Some of them come to the shelter in such bad shape that we barely have them for 24 hours before they pass over the rainbow bridge. This is one of the hardest times for us because we love each and every one and it breaks our heart that we could not help them more.
Donations have been extremely low lately and all projects have had to be put on hold. We have many wonderful ideas we would love to see come to life but as of right now, we are focusing stricly on keeping the shelter running. Hopefully donations and support will pick up soon and we can continue moving forward. We are currently working on renivating the puppy room. It is a room separate from the rest of the shelter to keep the puppies isolated from other dogs and be around pups of the same age. This is beneficial to their health, growth and social development. We hope to create secure concrete pens for all of them and with more donations we will be able to finish this soon. After the puppy room is complete our next task is to complete the outdoor puppy play yard and runs. This will give them a safe area all to themselves to get fresh air, play and exercise.
It is so important to give them the best opportunities possible because the more healthy and better adjusted they are, the easier it is to get them adopted. Once they grow and become adults their chance of adoption drops drastically. As donations increase, we will be able to provide a better environment for them to grow and thus be ready for that special someone. Thank you very much for your continued support.
one of our sheepdog pups at a recent event
Our puppy room, still a long way to go
puppies so sweet, just waiting for their home
Momma and her last pup in their new pen