My 2 hr visit to the animal shelter was a whirlwind of emotion. The shelter director was kind, patient and clearly well experienced.
First, mama and the babies are in an outside spacious pen, with a huge Rottie( very sweet guy, impounded 3 times and now parent's refuse to pic him up) to her left, and 2 pit bulls to her right. Beautiful-healthy dogs everywhere!
The precious pups were all huddled inside an igloo shelter. At first I felt angered that they were not inside from the cold, but my Dh pointed out the fresh air , sunshine, and not being enclosed are beneficial to not catching serious illnesses. Also, the outside pen is significantly larger then inside pens.
Mama was visibly stressed. She licked my hand and looked into my eyes.
I was overwhelmed looking at al the beautiful animals in this section- full bread Rottie-huge mastiff- beautiful chocolate lab-I listened as the kind director explained how many of the full breads are repeated impounds who's owner refuse to pay to retrieve their animals.!
Not to digress... It was clear that their could be no guarantee of mama and babies survival. The director gave me suggestions on how to build a makeshift pen . I did not know how we would do it, but my commitment to their survival was driving me as I called my Dh to explain the plans. Legally the shelter has to hold all animals 5 days for claim time-Monday is the day