Shropshire Rescue Has 26 Pups In Need Of Homes

A SHROPSHIRE dog rescue is appealing for dedicated owners to come forward and offer a home to one of the 26 bull breed puppies currently in its care.

Finding Furever Homes is caring for the 26 pups and their four mums in partnership with a kennels in Condover, Shropshire and they are all either bull breeds or bull breed crosses.

The litters of puppies, which currently range from 3 to 8 weeks old are able to be rehomed once they are 10 weeks old. They have been vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped, but new owners will have to have them neutered once they are old enough, usually around six months of age.

Andrea Newton, of Finding Furever Homes, believes these innocent puppies and their mums are symptomatic of a much wider problem that exists across England and Wales.

She said: “Statistics suggest at any given time about 80 per cent of the dogs in rescue in England and Wales will be Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) or SBT cross and that is because people are failing to neuter their pets. The unwanted puppies are changing hands for very little or no money, often resulting in them being bought or given away to homes that aren’t really interested in them.

“Those dogs in turn are not neutered and often not properly cared for and they end up being abandoned or straying or being signed over to animal charities such as ours, who are then left to deal with the consequences.”

Three out of the four bitches were signed over to the registered charity by owners who had not even realised their pets were pregnant and Evie was picked up as a heavily pregnant stray.

Roxy is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross American Bull Terrier who has given birth to 10 puppies, 5 dogs and 5 bitches. The breed of the father was unknown. Lucy is also a bull terrier who has given birth to one dog and five bitches. Tess is also a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type who has given birth to 2 dogs and 2 bitches. The fourth mum, also a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Evie has given birth to six pups, three of each sex, which are currently around 3 weeks old.

Andrea Newton added: “Although some of the puppies are ready to be reserved now, many are still quite young and they will not be ready for rehoming until just before Christmas, which is not usually a great time to introduce a new dog into your home, especially if you have lots of friends and family visiting, so we will need to find them very special homes where that is taken into account.

For further information about Finding Furever Homes and to offer a puppy a home please visit http://www.findingfureverhomes.org.uk/.

Finding Furever Homes, which celebrated its first anniversary as a registered charity on 10 January 2014, has already helped rehome 310 dogs (178 since it was officially registered by the charity commission) and donated over £45,000 to help cover the vet and food bills of canines being cared for in other rescue charities across England and Wales.

Unlike many dog rescues, Finding Furever Homes never set out to compete with existing charities or build dog rescue facilities of its own but rather to take a pragmatic approach and support smaller dog rescues which already exist throughout England and Wales.

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