Another accidental litter…. Four more puppies were born to Pepper this summer and her owner, Arnold, was distraught. It was Pepper’s second litter in two years, and her previous five puppies had all died of parvovirus, a common but fatal infection. Arnold didn’t know where to turn, that is until a friend shared a flyer for Bark Avenue Foundation’s free spay/neuter program.
Arnold is a 40 year old man living with his mother in an area of East LA called, “The Hill.” He and his family rely on public transportation and disability income to get by. In this community, few families have the resources to sterilize their pets and it’s common to see cats and dogs roaming the streets. This is precisely why Bark Avenue Foundation has focused spay/neuter resources in this area.
When we received Arnold’s request for help, it was immediately clear that he wanted to have Pepper spayed, and that he would do anything to help keep her four pups alive. Our staff coached him on keeping the newborns healthy, we provided dog food and supplies, and the puppies were vaccinated when they turned six weeks old. BAF was able to quickly place all four pups into loving, forever homes and Pepper was spayed, vaccinated and microchipped and returned to Arnold. Our free mobile clinic program in East LA has served hundreds of caring pet owners just like Arnold—individuals who want to stop the accidental litters, who want to do what’s right for their pets.