Why Sterilise?

I hadn’t realised there had been another negative comment on this facebook post shared on another site. I wouldn’t normally bother to comment as everyone involved in rescue here knows the extent of the problems we face. I did though put a few thoughts down on paper based on some of the experiences we have had over the last few years due to the reluctance of some to sterilise their dogs. I didn’t include though the Mastin pregnant again, this time with 16 puppies, too big too move, lying in her own mess who had to be delivered by caesarean to save her; all pups died. Or the tiny chihuahua kept for breeding then thrown over a wall when too ill to perform. I could go on. In an ideal world everyone would be responsible for their dogs and ensure there were no unwanted pregnancies, sadly we do not live in an ideal world.🐾🐾🐾

Why Sterilise?

Collected 6 unwanted puppies from the pound today
Unwanted babies so given away, 6 more will follow
In a few months time, as the Mother breeds yet again
But the owner says, why sterilise?

Took in day old puppies, umbilical cord still attached
Left in the rain on a piece of cardboard
Fed hourly and held close, one too weak to survive
Tears shed, but why sterilise?

A cat too young to give birth has a kitten, so both discarded
Mother infected from her time on the streets, kitten dies
Cat cared for and loved but had to watch pass away
Many more tears, but still asked why sterilise?

Found thrown on top of a bin, just a couple of days old
Left with the rubbish, unwanted so discarded
Hourly feeds, hot water bottles and clean bedding
Only 3 survived, but why sterilise?

A young dog swollen with milk, cries for her puppies, snatched from her,
Left with the rest of the pack, she’ll get pregnant again, too soon
Too weak, her body can’t cope with another birth
Too late to call the vet, but why sterilise?

Thought she was too young to get pregnant and gate was secure
Don’t know how it happened but she’s had 8 puppies
Can you take them, now please as I can’t look after them here
You’re a rescue aren’t you? But why sterilise?

Spend a day in the pound, killing station or rescue
Spend weeks trying to rescue a dog/cat
Open your eyes and listen to the horror stories
Then ask me again why sterilise.