SIX Rottweiler-spaniel cross puppies are awaiting adoption after being surrendered to Fulham’s Animal Aid centre because the owner was unable to afford the cost of desexing and microchipping them.
Under Victorian law, all dogs must be microchipped before they are registered to a local council at the age of three months, and any dogs that are sold either at pet shops or as part of a private sale from a commercial breeder, animal shelter or pound must be microchipped before going to their new homes.
Centre manager Debby Goddard said she was hoping all the puppies would be adopted.
“They need someone who’s going to be home with them,” she explained.
She said people who worked part-time or families where a parent was home during the day would be suitable.
The four female and two male puppies are tiny balls of energy at this stage, but Ms Goddard warned they would grow to be big dogs.
“They will need a lot of area to run and play,” she added.
In the wake of the influx of the puppies, Ms Goddard is urging pet owners to act responsibly.
“The key thing is having your animals desexed so you don’t have to worry about finding homes for puppies and kittens,” she said.
Anyone wanting to look at the puppies with a view to adoption can visit the Hopkins Rd shelter between 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday, or between 11am and 2pm on weekends.
The pups, currently nine weeks old, will be microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, de-wormed and de-fleaed before adoption.