Did your unspayed dog have an “accidental” hook up with the neighborhood Romeo, and now you’ve got puppies on your hands? Trust us, it happens, even when you least expect it.

Raising a litter of puppies is difficult, and so is finding them all new, responsible, loving homes when it’s time for them to be weaned. Craigslist, Facebook, and other classifieds-type websites get a lot of exposure, but there’s no way to tell if the person calling or emailing you has honest motives. There are many people out there who scoop up free or cheap puppies to be used for dog fighting, medical experiments, or “flipping.” Also, because these websites don’t allow for proper screening of experience and home conditions, you can’t be sure that your puppy won’t end up in a shelter months down the road, or – worse – living with a hoarder or a part of a backyard breeding operation.

Taking puppies to the shelter won’t solve the problem, either – animal shelters are full of germs, and puppies get sick very easily. Puppies left at the shelter often contract illnesses like upper respiratory infections, parvo, and distemper. These diseases – especially parvo – are common and can be fatal, even when treated. It is essential for puppies’ health that they receive a number of vaccines and deworming treatments.

Carolina Hearts wants to help.

We know that solving the problem of pet overpopulation is through spaying and neutering pets. We don’t want to see sick puppies, or puppies trapped in a cycle of producing more unwanted dogs. Since CHAR was founded, we have always operated under what we call the “Ohana Rule” – which means that we don’t leave family members behind. We have expanded this rule now to apply even to family members that don’t need help with rehoming.

So, what’s the deal? If your herding dog – Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Cattle Dog, etc. – has an unplanned or unwanted litter of puppies, we will help you both by taking in the “oops” puppies for vetting and placement, AND we will cover the cost of having your female dog spayed. The puppies do not need to be purebred, however one or both of the parents should be purebred or a high-content mix.

Why transfer the puppies to us? Because we can help give them a better, healthier life. All our puppies are given at least two rounds of critical vaccines, dewormed, and microchipped before adoption. After that, adopters are required to show proof of subsequent vaccinations, spay or neuter, and enrollment in obedience classes. Further, we only place puppies in homes that have herding breed experience, and that have passed rigorous reference checks and a home visit. What’s more – any dog in our rescue is our responsibility for life, which means that, even ten years down the road, we will take them back for whatever reason. Our puppies will never end up in a shelter.

Interested in learning more? Email us at carolinaheartsrescue@gmail.com.