Leeanne, a 7-year-old family pet, was in desperate straits. Her family contacted us with a plea for assistance. Living paycheck to paycheck, their pet situation had spiraled out of control. Leeanne came first. Three years later, a pedigreed German shepherd dog was added to the family. Some cats came and went. Last June, after 7 years with no pregnancies, Leeanne had 11 puppies, and working hard the family placed 9 of them in homes. Then at Christmas a tea-cup poodle joined the crowd. Now they had 5 dogs, some cats and Leeanne was pregnant again! Finally, Leeanne wandered too close to the animal-aggressive shepherd, and was severely mauled. Now they had passed the point where anyone knew what to do.
We are working to help stabilize this family’s situation. They have agreed to give up the 2 six-month-old puppies. They have agreed to give up LeeAnne’s new litter, which will be born any day now. They have put LeeAnne in foster care with us, so that the puppies can be born in a safe environment and we can tend to LeeAnne’s medical needs. LeeAnne will be spayed as will all her pups. We will be discussing spaying the other family pets.
Remember, friends of animals, that adorable baby will need to be spayed or neutered, have immunizations, heart worm treatments, and flea and tick meds. This family has seen the error of its ways and is working to amend its situation. Help us spread the word to spay and neuter and to love our animals through preventative care.
*Post has been updated to include photographs of Leeanne with her new babies.*
Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.