During the last few months, our humane society has been in touch with rescue groups in other states where - believe it or not - mixed breed puppies are in demand. We've worked with a rescue group in New Jersey whose operator told us that spaying and neutering animals is part of the culture in her area.
"There's a stigma attached to letting your dog or cat get pregnant," she explained. "People just rarely let that happen."
If only that were the case here in Kentucky! But people do let their pets have litters, which is why our shelter usually has between 50 and 60 puppies available for adoption.
The humane society makes a serious effort to find permanent, loving homes for these puppies. Thanks to the Internet, we can now send puppies to homes all over the country.
In addition to posting our adoptable animals on our own Web site, homes4pets.org, we also post them on a national site, petfinder.com. Groups that have a shortage of puppies often contact us after seeing our postings on petfinder. We work with them to have the puppies spayed or neutered and put into foster homes here in Boyle County while they recover from surgery. They are then transported to the new locality. So far, we have sent puppies to New Jersey and to two different locations near Chicago.