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Happy Tails: The Abandoned Aussies

Six orphaned Australian Shepherd mixed puppies rescued by good Samaritan Brittany Kelley, who could only place one in a Furever Home. But rest are now at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, where they're almost ready for adoption. - PEG SCHAEFFER
Next earlier Happy Tail: Happy Tail: A Second Chance

By Peg Schaeffer

In the middle of January on a typical cold winter day I got a phone call from Brittany Kelley who had found a litter of puppies by the side of the road. She and her boyfriend were going to town. On their way they didn't see any puppies but on their way back there they were - six very young puppies. She and her boyfriend brought them home and tried to find homes for them.


Only one was taken so she asked if I could help. They brought the puppies to the farm - five wormy, mangy puppies maybe 6 weeks old if that. Brittany had tears in her eyes as she said good bye but she knew she would have a hard time caring for them.

The puppies' skin was dry and flaky. There were cracks that were bleeding and they scratched and scratched. I gave them each a bath with a gentle shampoo and combed out the flakes. They each enjoyed the rub down with a fluffy towel and as I put them on the floor they sat by my feet as if to say "do it again, please". The next day I treated them with Shapley's Mane & Tail which is great for treating mange and it encourages hair growth. They had fat bellies, a sign of worms so they were all given worm medication. Then they were all vaccinated.

Shame on the person who abandoned these puppies on the side of the road.

They never would have survived the cold weather. Even if they had survived the cold they would have been good coyote food or the worms they were infested with would have slowly killed them, despite the fact they were too young to fend for themselves. The owner's excuse probably was "I couldn't afford to have the mother spayed. Consider this: To care properly for a litter of puppies the most important thing is preparation before the birth. She should have been vaccinated before she was bred in order for the puppies to receive immunity from the mother's milk. They will be protected for six weeks if Mom was immunized. The puppies, as well as the Mom, should be wormed at two weeks of age and be wormed every two weeks. They need vaccinations at six, nine, twelve, and sixteen weeks to protect them from Parvovirus, distemper, and other contagious diseases. Yes, the proper care of puppies is costly. So, he can't afford not to have his dog spayed.

February 26, 2013, is Spay Day, USA
This month is Spay/Neuter Awareness month and February 26 is Spay Day USA. Shelters and rescues all over the country are having programs and events to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets. Four million cats and dogs--about one every eight seconds--are put down in U.S. shelters each year. A solution is possible and starts with each of us taking one small step: getting our own pets spayed or neutered. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them. Many cats and dogs who die as a result of pet overpopulation could have made wonderful pets. To help stop pet overpopulation further, consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter or rescue. Lifebridge for Animals is an organization that I work with that encourages people to alter their pets. They offer low cost spay/neuter certificates to pet owners regardless of income. There are veterinarians from Adair, Taylor, and Green counties who participate and have offered their services at a reduced rate to people who have purchased certificates from Lifebridge. During the month of February Lifebridge is offering a special rate. The certificates will be $40 for a dog and $25 for a cat. There will only be 20 certificates sold at this rate and to be fair they will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

The first opportunity to purchase the certificates will be 10am-2pmCT, Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Gate Gas Station. 642 Columbia Highway (KY 61, Greensburg, KY. We will also be offering microchips for pets on site (Bring your pet) as well as an indoor yard sale and contests. There will be two more events on the 23rd of February. The locations will be announced soon.

In addition there will be a raffle for a free certificate for a dog and a free certificate for a cat. There is no cost. Just send your name, address, and telephone number to: Lifebridge for Animals, P.O. Box 243, Greensburg, KY 42743. The drawing will be held 10am-2pmCT, February 26, 2013, at the World Spay Day Event to be held at the Sugarfoot Farm Rescue Annex, 992 Sparksville Fairplay Road, Columbia, KY The drawing will be held at 2 pm. You need not be present to win.

World Spay Day 2013 is having a Pet Pageant and people can vote for pets in various categories. There are six categories in the Pageant -Main Pageant category for both the Judges' Choice Awards and the Popular Pet Awards, and five optional categories, including Best Hair, Best Smile, Most Photogenic, Best Personality, and Ugly-Cute. Representing us will be Button, the dog adopted by Sharon Pierce, who you read about in Happy Tails. Please vote for Button every day. Sugarfoot Farm Rescue is one of 25 shelters who will be sharing the proceeds from donations to the Pageant.

As for the puppies - their dry, scaly skin has healed, and their hair is growing in. They still have fat bellies but it's from puppy chow and cookies. They appear to be Australian Shepherd mixes and they have docked tails. There are four females and a male. One of the females, Jiva, has long hair, the rest have short hair. They are playful and full of energy. They have been vaccinated and wormed. They're ready for a furever home. They send their love and thanks to Brittany Kelley who took the time to stop and save them. - Peg Schaeffer


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Happy Tails: The Abandoned Aussie mix puppies



2013-02-10 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. They're from a family of six puppies found by the side of the road by Good Samaritan Brittany Kelley, who was able to place one of them in a new home. The rest, including those in the photo(s) above, are now at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 where they await Furever Homes. The five puppies now are named Abby, Breena, Jethro, Kelly, & Jiva or Ziva.
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