Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
yes!!! that is next! (and the dad too who is a stray who hangs around) for now she is in the house/backyard.
Just a word of caution: unspayed females should never be allowed unsupervised in the yard. One leash, or inside, especially when they're in heat. Male dogs can come from miles around, and will be resourceful in terms of getting to the female - climbing/jumping fences, digging under fences, chewing through fences.
And as for the female herself, she too can be desperate to get bred when the time is right, and even if you think she will listen or is an obedient dog, when she is wanting to be bred she will walk right past you if she thinks there is a male waiting for her. So even if you're "right there", I would not let her off leash outside of your house until she is fixed.
That said, the puppies you have are a dime a dozen in shelters and it comes as no surprise to me that no one wants them, even as puppies. That breed combo pretty much makes up the majority of shelter dog populations, and no shelter who is already at capacity is going to willingly take on more when they are struggling to find homes for the ones they already have. You basically have two options - be responsible for the puppies and find them good homes no matter how long it takes, or surrender them anonymously by either leaving them in a crate in the wee hours of the morning or putting them in the night drop kennels if your shelter has one (usually your county animal control will have that option, not the humane society).
But I have to be honest, I think the latter is a really poor choice in terms of what's best for the pups. You have the advantage now of screening the homes and making sure they get adopted out to good people. I know people who have cruised the AC's night drop kennels looking for pups and dogs because they either can't afford to adopt, or would not be approved otherwise, so you are taking a risk by doing that. And sadly, those dogs and puppies are the ones that get used as bate in fighting rings. They often have no chips or tags or other means of identifying them, and the people acquiring them don't have to be on file with the county. So surrendering the pups anonymously is a HUGE risk. And if that's the only feasible option for you, I would seriously think about having the pups humanely euthanized.
Going to walmart and giving away free puppies just to have them gone is not going to be better for them in long run then ensuring they can never suffer pain and neglect by humanely euthanizing them. As a breeder, either intentionally or unintentionally, you have a responsibility to these dogs for their entire lives. If you can't meet those responsibilities or find a person/organization who will do it for you, then it's time to think of other humane options. I'm not of the belief that finding any
home for a dog, even if given away for free at walmart, is better then being humanely euthanized. I know that will make me unpopular, but I've seen the life dogs live when they are handed out like free balloons. They often end up in the shelter eventually, having been through 3 or 4 irresponsible homes, and are so chalked full of problems and bad habits that they become even harder to adopt. They either sit there and take up space in a no kill shelter preventing other adoptable dogs from being taken in (thus decreasing turn over) or they eventually get humanely euthanized anyway. The chances of these puppies finding good responsible homes from being given away at walmart is very, very slim. They will get snatched up by people who think they're cute and are totally ill prepared for a puppy. Those homes are usually not forever homes.
As a long time shelter/rescue volunteer, I just KNOW the fate of these puppies will be poor if they are not responsibly adopted out by you personally. I also want you to know that the honorable thing to do is not necessarily to just give them away and get rid of them. You do have other options that in the long run will be better off for the dogs, and any dog professional will understand that.
Ans just a word of advice for dealing with the shelters (either county or private), is go in and talk to them in person. Take the puppies with you. Ask to speak with the actual adoption coordinator. Seldom is anything dealt with over the phone, they simply don't have time to deal with all the "what'-ifs" that call. So many people don't show up after committing to bringing dogs in, that it's just too much of a waste of time to prepare for new arrivals after talking to strangers over the phone. You have a much better chance at surrendering them if you go in person.