The Victoria Humane Society is inundated with puppies and kittens (Facebook/ Victoria Humane Society)

Victoria Humane Society needs volunteers after flood of puppies and kittens

Pregnant cats, dogs and their litters are in need of foster care

The Victoria Humane Society has had a “ruff” time lately – with an influx of pregnant dogs and cats.

As a result, the society has 60 puppies on its hands, with three more pregnant dogs expected to deliver a litter any time soon.

The tricky part, said executive director Penny Stone, is finding a foster home for pregnant dogs because expecting mothers don’t want other dogs around.

“Basically we need someone who loves animals, who doesn’t have animals around,” Stone said. “Or at least someone who can keep the dogs separated.”

Foster families don’t need experience in delivery either.

ALSO READ: 51 cats and dogs surrendered to the Victoria Humane Society last week

“It’s sometimes better if they have no knowledge about labour, because people tend to panic,” Stone said. “We’ll talk you through it or come on over if you need help.”

Most of the time, Stone said, dogs and cats deliver babies easily on their own.

Of the six litters already born most already have a foster home, though Stone added more foster homes are always needed.

Litters, she added, can hopefully stay together and in this case it’s best if volunteers have a dog of their own, especially for puppies who have been separated from their moms.

ALSO READ: Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

“If people have a dog it’s good, because it can teach the puppies things,” she said. Approximately half of the puppies in care have been separated from their mom.

If the puppy pandemic isn’t enough, the Victoria Humane Society is also being flooded with cats and kittens.

“I had four messages on my phone this morning from people saying they wanted to surrender a pregnant cat,” Stone said.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a foster home for the Victoria Humane Society can head to victoriahumanesociety.com/

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

puppies

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The Victoria Humane Society is inundated with puppies and kittens (Facebook/ Victoria Humane Society)

Just Posted

Scarlet fever reported at Victoria elementary school

Parents advised to look for symptoms of ‘strawberry tongue’ and rash

Saanich dog walkers react to potential review of bylaws allowing off-leash dogs on beaches

Focus should have remained on migratory birds, not on dog behaviour, says Cadboro Bay dog walker

No dogs allowed off-leash at Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford

New sign placed by Metchosin Farmers Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 19

North Saanich’s Deep Cove Market up for sale for almost $1.8 million

Long-time owner Rosemary Scott hopes the public will understand her decision

Council approve temporary storage to extend life of Oak Bay Fire Hall

It’s cute, it’s iconic, but the picturesque Oak Bay Fire Hall is… Continue reading

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read