We were all looking forward to next week when 15 dogs would be leaving the shelter, giving a more than exhausted S a small break. now, instead of 20 small, sick or young dogs at her house that needs constant attention, there are 25. Possibly 30 if the others are found. The admin team can only do so much, we try to find homes, raise funds to cover the bills. Raise awareness. But we can't do much more.
S sleeps on average 2-3 hours at night. Between trying to get her work done over day, she feeds, cleans, cleans some more, feeds again, walks and cleans again before leaving to the shelter. Most of the time, in between that, she goes to the vet, checks up on the dogs there, or for spaying a dog, vaccinations. . Then it's shelter time. Most dogs having been locked up all day there is chaos when she arrives, barking, playing, fighting.. She lets them out in turns, and starts the cleaning. Takes a few hours just to pick the poo, in between cuddles the dogs, puts some back to their kennels, out with the others. Then feeding, medicines, some more poo picking. Time to lock up. Most of the time it's past midnight, there's no light other than a headlamp and two lights at the enterance. Takes the car and food, drives around the city, feeds the strays, often followed by the police, keeping an eye in her , not to protect. 2 at night, home again. Puppies wide awake, crying, playing. Feed and clean again, the others out for a toilet break. 3 am, try to get some sleep, on the sofa, so she can hear the puppies. An hour sleep. Puppies crying. Wide awake trying to keep them quiet, not to disturb the neighbours. Maybe another hour or two of sleep. A new day begins.
It will get warm soon. Flies, disease carrying mosquitos. . Not even to mention the conditions for the dogs, even financially we can't keep up and provide protection for them all. It will take months before the new puppies can travel.
It is absolutely vital that we find fosters and adopters.
There is only so much one person can handle.