Before 2023 could come to a close, yet another litter of puppies has come into the BC SPCA’s care. On December 22, just three days before Christmas, six six-week-old Great Pyrenees border collie cross puppies were surrendered to the Chilliwack animal centre. Unfortunately, this has not been an unusual occurrence this year as the BC SPCA has seen a tremendous increase in the number of pregnant dogs and puppies coming into care in 2023.
“It used to be really rare to have puppies come into the centre, but access to spay and neuter services is often challenging, which can lead to accidental litters, not to mention the rising cost of living,” explains Shelley Joaquin, manager of the BC SPCA’s Chilliwack animal centre. “We’re very grateful the owner of these puppies reached out to surrender them immediately when they realized they could no longer afford their care, and before the puppies’ health was impacted.”
Litters of young puppies require a great effort and can put a big strain on BC SPCA resources, especially on foster volunteers. The BC SPCA maintains a large foster network of caring homes where vulnerable animals can wait for their forever homes. Joaquin shares, “These little ones are so precious; they snuggle right into you when you hold them! But, like most younger animals, they needed to get out of the more overwhelming shelter environment and into foster care right away so they can learn what it’s like to live in a home by being house-trained and socialized. It was challenging to find fosters so close to the holidays, but we were thrilled to find three homes who could each accept a pair of puppies.”
Each of the puppies will be spayed or neutered and will be in the BC SPCA’s care for at least two more weeks before they are available for adoption.