A few months ago, my husband and I found two chihuahuas wandering around our front yard near the L.A. area. We aren't dog people, but I'd had a friend whose dogs were killed when a gardener left their gate open, and I didn't want anyone to go through what my friend went through. We put the dogs in our yard and put up flyers, took them to be screened for microchips, went door to door in our neighborhood, checked at the local pet store, and have heard nothing. Neither of them have been spayed or neutered, and we can't afford to pay for it. We wish we could but we just cant. They are the sweetest dogs and we don't want them to be put to sleep (our local pound is TERRIBLE), but we can't afford to keep them. I've become so disgruntled about rescue shelters in the area. Nobody will call or e-mail me back, even with advice. I can't get a hold of a single person. I wouldn't mind fostering the dogs if it was temporary, but my husband and I can't keep them. We don't have the time to give them a good home, and we can't afford their medical expenses. They are the sweetest dogs and like to sit in your lap and are incredibly well behaved. I'd hate to see anything bad happen to them. I'm sad because my husband says I need to take them to the SPCA this week.
Does anyone have any advice for us? Should we take them to the pound or is there something else we can do that we haven't thought of? We are so disgruntled about animal rescue shelters. We can't believe nobody has even called or emailed to give us advice. We tried to do a good thing, but sadly we have learned that if we see any dogs wandering around, we need to turn a blind eye and just hope they end up okay.
Thank you for any suggestions you can give.