2 weeks ago I went in to the Waitakere Animal Shelter to sort out Pepper's registration for the year (as we'd moved to a new area and needed to change some details) While I was there I was told that a litter of puppies had just arrived and would I like to see them. (This is where I should have said no!!!!) They had been left at 5 weeks old in a box on the side of the road with a sign saying "Free" beside them. They're heeler cross (probably with a short coated border collie/heading dog)
One of the hardest things for me is that they must be spayed prior to leaving the kennels, so she will be spayed at 8 weeks. I understand why they have this rule, and certainly agree that it's necessary to control the overwhelming population of unwanted dogs that they and the SPCA have to deal with. But I still feel 8 weeks is a bit young! I've done lots of thinking and research and have spoken to 4 different vets and have decided that while it's not ideal, it's also not the end of the world and that alot of the information (both pro and con pre-pubescent spay) is not based on scientific studies more just hear-say. And the vets I have spoken to have much me feel much more confident.