Originally Posted by AllieD
Sometimes events happen that cause the puppies to be taken sooner clearly this has happened here. The OP seems to have asked a question about milk replacement not on getting a puppy so young.
That's exactly what happened. The mother got sick, so the owner of the mother was having to take care of four different pups, so let two go to "fosters".
I was given instructions, I did lots of research and such about this, and sadly any information I came across about weaning them, all seemed to be about puppies who were already being kicked away by the mother for weaning off milk itself, sadly I was not fully "qualified" but they could find no people in this tiny town who WERE, our shelter is HORRENDOUS.
They claim to be no kill, yet kill animals, they have spayed a four week old kitten, they have given a kitten WAY too many vaccines, the vet they used didn't treat the spay site properly on my kitten, so she got infected and had to be on antibiotics.
In short, we do not trust our local shelter.
I personally volunteered, and was ATTACKED by a cat who they failed to say was NOT social AT ALL and in fact FERAL. I still have scars from the bites and claw marks.
As well as what someone already said, the shelter would have done the same thing in this case, fostered out the puppies.
I was told how to care for her, I did care for her, she would eat kibble but not her special kibble mix, so I was unsure if I should continue to try and get her to eat it, or let her eat hard kibble like she'd already started to.