Talk about being thankful! The SPCA of Wake County took in Penny the day before Thanksgiving from a local shelter partner. She was clearly pregnant, but we weren't quite sure how far along she was. We found out Thanksgiving day! Penny gave birth to five puppies, three boys and two girls. Each weighed about a pound.
Penny was initially found as a stray dog. Imagine if she had to give birth to her puppies in the woods or the side of the road? We are thankful for the family that found her and brought her to a local shelter and for our partnership with the shelter to take her into our care. She was able to have a safe place to give birth and give her pups the best chance of survival.
Penny and her puppies are now resting and growing in a foster home where they will stay for several weeks until the puppies are old enough for spay/neuter surgery. Your financial support helps provide food, vaccines, medical care and spay/neuter services to Penny and her five puppies. It also helps maintain our Foster Care program where we currently have more than 120 animals. Foster homes offer a quiet home for animals that may become too stressed in a shelter environment. Foster families also provide care for pets who may need on-going medical care before being adopted and that also opens up space in the Adoption Center for healthy animals ready for adoption right now. If you are interested in learning more about the SPCA's Foster Program, click here.
Penny has a skin condition that has caused some hair loss. We are currently treating her with prescription medication and she receives medicated baths a few times a week.
Scroll down to see more images of Penny and her puppies as well as video.
Penny was named for her love of tennis (Penn is a brand of tennis balls). What should we name her puppies?
The SPCA of Wake County is an independent non-profit. We do not receive funding from tax dollars nor are we associated with the ASPCA (an independent shelter in New York). By giving a gift to the SPCA of Wake County, your money helps animals in our community. Learn more about how we help transform the lives of pets and people here.