Can you imagine conceiving every year you’ve been alive and maybe even twice in one year? Well, this is the only life that Maya has ever known.
Maya was brought to Suncoast Humane Society after her owner could no longer care for her. Just shortly after she was brought into our care, the staff learned that she was actually pregnant with her seventh litter of puppies at the age of 6. Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful time in one’s life but in Maya’s case it became more of a chore than anything else. All her life has consisted of so far is one pregnancy after another. This would not be an ideal situation for anyone, dog or human. Now you can add a shelter into the mix and you’ve got one stressful situation!
Krystal, one of our Animal Care Specialists, volunteered to open her home to Maya and her five puppies, Peter (now Rocky), Spring, Tulip, Blossom, and Sunny, as soon as she heard their story. This certainly was no small task. As a foster parent, Krystal was able to give Maya and her five puppies the love and attention they needed most during this time. She not only opened her home but also her heart to give all six dogs the best care they could possibly receive until they were able to be adopted. This is a true story of how our staff always goes above and beyond to help the homeless animals in our care and Krystal’s willingness and dedication shows just how far they will go.
It’s estimated that each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States. This is in contrast to just over 10,000 human babies. At this rate there can never be enough homes for all the pets. If Maya had been spayed, she would have never had to go through this never ending cycle of pregnancies. This is why we strongly believe in spaying and neutering of companion animals. It saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation and decreasing euthanasia. Preventive veterinary care is essential to keeping pets healthy and happy.
The purpose of our preventive health care clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. By offering our low cost spay and neuter for pets to the public, it’s easy and affordable to keep your dog from having unwanted litters. There is absolutely no excuse to not have your pet spayed/neutered. You don’t want to put your pet through the same thing Maya had to in her 6 years of life, so we suggest you get your pets spayed/neutered as soon as you possibly can!
We are happy to report that Maya and all five of her puppies have been adopted into loving forever homes and we couldn’t be happier! Maya is now able to live the life she was never able to have while having litter after litter. She’s living on Boca Grande now, with sundresses and sunglasses on during her convertible rides. She’s truly living the good life.