Rural animals often have hard, short lives and are replaced regularly in a vicious circle of permanently pregnant bitches that produce endless supplies of puppies. We often come across people selling their puppies illegally but, unwilling to jeopardize the trust that enables us to move freely among the community, we don't report them. Instead, we offer them help with their animals, make suggestions where necessary and continue to try and resolve things amicably.
Just as difficult are the endless litters of orphaned pups. People ask for help with tiny pups that have lost their mothers to accidents or illness, leaving us with a problem that is hugely demanding - physically, emotionally and financially. We've fostered 14 pups at once, (exhausting!) but have now been lucky enough to find several wonderful people who will sometimes foster them for us. It's always traumatic, returning them to the rural areas, but we monitor and support the owners and try and help them find good homes for the pups when necessary.