Pregnant dog finds a temporary family

Unborn Puppies – Saved!

Here’s Hannah! This was her first night at her foster home – waiting to give birth to her babies.

Three very lucky newborn puppies and their mom are safely in the hands of foster parents today thanks to an animal shelter employee who reached out to Helen Woodward Animal Center for help. The puppies were not even born yet when their very pregnant mom was abandoned at an animal facility without adequate resources to care for a dog about to give birth.

Helen Woodward Animal Center found a foster family for the mom, a 3.5-year-old Queensland Heeler named Hannah, and paid for an emergency C-section when complications made a natural birth impossible. Though one puppy was stillborn, three healthy puppies and mom are thriving today in the care of foster parents Dave and Barbara Johnson from Fallbrook.

A very pregnant Hannah before her emergency C-section.

“We saved their lives not once, but twice – first when we placed their mom with a foster family and again when Hannah was unable to deliver the pups naturally and surgery was required. These are some very lucky dogs,” said LaBeth Thompson, Adoptions Manager of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The puppies are now five days old and are thriving at just over one pound each. In about eight weeks, mom and babies will be back at Helen Woodward Animal Center where they will be spayed or neutered before looking for their forever families.

So, where are the cute photos of Hannah’s puppies? Hannah and her family is so special, they are our litter for Follow the Litter! Click here to see! 

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