My Mutt Is Having Puppies?

I recently adopted a 1 and 1/2 year old golden retriever/doberman mix X AKC champion smooth collie (wonder how that happened?) When i went to the shelter i was dropping of some donations and i saw “Tia” She was very sweet and had just been dropped off. I was looking for a shelter mutt to compete in NADAC agility with. I asked about adopting her and was told she would be ready tommorow, so i signed the adoption papers. When i went to pick her up the next day i was told she had already been spayed by the people who broght her in. I checked her belly and there was a scar from where the stitches had been. The reason she was brought to the shelter was because she could not be trained and chewed everything up AKA- a very high drive dog, just what i wanted. The reason the former owners had gotten her was beacause her mom was an AKC champion smooth collie (the collies dogsitters(who was a family member) let her out in the front yard while she was in heat, she got tied with the neighbors dog, the dogsitters didn’t tell the owner and the dog had puppies at the dogsitters house and the pups were given away) They just had to have a puppy.
After i had gotten Tia home i noticed her belly was getting round. I took her to the vet and she was confirmed pregnant (wonder who was lying?) My vet told me not to do the emergency spay and i trusted him completely. So the pups are due in a few weeks. I will be giving the puppies away to free homes AS LONG as the are spayed/nutered. I will have the new owners sign my papillons pet quality contract.
Is this a good idea or should i do something else? I am also going to talk to the shelter.

9 thoughts on “My Mutt Is Having Puppies?”

  1. Never give away puppies.. You have to charge at least the cost for the vetting.. Charge $75-$100 per puppy. People come by and pick up free puppies to use as bait dogs, and to feed their pet snakes.. People who take free puppies, NEVER take good care of them.. Charge at least something to deter the freaks.

  2. yes you are doing the right thing.
    thank you for doing the right right thing by spaying and nuetering these puppies. gosh, why can’t people tell the truth

  3. I wouldnt give them for “free”
    at least make sure the pups have had their first shot and worming, and sell them for the cost of the care they recieved. If someone has qualms about paying for the cost of vet care, they likely wont follow up on the rest of the vaccines, much less the spay/neuter. At least $25
    I would also require a refundable spay/neuter deposit.. to be refunded upon proof of spay/neuter. Around $50 is good for this. People are more likely to spay and neuter if they are getting money back for it.

  4. DEFINITELY talk to the shelter, especially if they have a spay/neuter clause. This will at least teach them to ultrasound the animals before they’re given out for adoption. Also, tell them that the dog is having puppies and since they adopted out a dog under false pretenses, they need to take responsibility not only for the puppies but for the spay after she’s given birth.

  5. You should at least make someone pay 50-80$ for a puppy. This is because when giving them away to free homes, someone could sign the contract and not follow through, sad how our world works. Also, many dog fighters look for free puppies as bait and easily snatch up “free” puppies. Again, extremely sad how our world works. You could find a local collie rescue that only rescues that breed/mixes of that breed. The rescue would be able to do a full examination of the family adopting and sometimes a home check. You make out a deal like the puppies could stay with you until they all find a home (you would be fostering them) but the rescue would review the applications and receive that money from each puppy. (it would be their fee, not yours) this is just an idea and hope it works! please do not give them away for free. Also, you can google collie rescues and search for one near you. Often times they will post things called courtesy listings, they could mabey do this for you. Also look on for rescues. If you take them to a shelter and not a rescue for collies, please make sure these puppies are going to a no kill shelter and will not be put to sleep due to over crowding

  6. Perhaps you could give the puppies to the shelter to find homes. Or rather, you could raise the puppies and keep them at your house on the condition that the shelter find good quality homes for the pups.
    Interesting that she had a scar, but perhaps she was bred before and it was a C-section scar. Or a spay surgery gone wrong!
    It will be interesting to see what the puppies look like, not knowing the breed of the father.
    I hope your vet is coaching you on the birthing process of canines (if you have not been through it previously). There can be problems, so you will need to know what to look for. There are many online resources as well.
    Good luck, I hope everything goes well.
    p.s. I hope the shelter will be helping you with the vet bills. It would be the right thing for them to do.

  7. I think you’re doing everything right. Kudos to you for getting a shelter dog!
    However, don’t make the puppies free. Free puppies just attract animal hoarders and people who sell them for scientific experiments. You should take all of the vet bills, then divide that by the number of puppies and sell them for that. It should be at least $50 because that’s how much money someone makes by selling it for an experiment. Some people also use free puppies as bait for pitt bulls to train them to fight.
    Puppies almost never have trouble finding a home, and if you have difficulty finding a home for them you can lower the price. Of course it’s ok to give them to friends and people you trust for free.

  8. I think its wonderful that you adopted a pet from a shelter. Although, there seems to be some confusion going on at that particular shelter. I would advise against giving them away for free. That usually implies they have no value, and are more likely to be passed around, neglected and end up at the shelter where you started. Your intentions are good to have them spayed/neutered, but this can only happen between 5-6 months of age. Will you actually know if this is done? Probably not. I would try to contact a rescue group in your area. You would know for a fact that these puppies will be placed in responsible homes, and puppies are easier to adopt out, and may help them with there resue efforts financially. Good Luck!

  9. Thats a great idea that your going got make them sign a contract and make sure they get spayed/neutered! That is what I would do if I ever got in that situation.
    EDIT:I agree what DP just said. Don’t give the puppies for free. But before they buy the puppy, ask them some questions like:
    -What are you going to feed the dog?
    -What are the supplies you are going to buy?
    -Are you going to be willing to pay for the veterinarian bill? (& tell them the estimated cost for the puppy shots)
    -Do you have kids? If you do, do they know how to properly handle a puppy?
    -The puppy is not potty trained so you are going to have to spend a lot of time teaching it, are you willing to do that?
    And thats about all I can think about. Good Luck!

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