The BC SPCA is celebrating a heart-warming rescue of a mother dog and her nine newborn puppies.
Chilliwack SPCA received a call about a dog that appeared abandoned on a property near Agassiz. What staff didn’t know right away was that the dog, Dallas, had just recently given birth.
“When one of our animal protection officers responded to the call, she was immediately met at the edge of the property by Dallas, a four-year-old pit bull cross, who showed obvious signs of having just given birth," says Eileen Drever, senior officer for protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.
The newborn puppies urgently needed help, so new mom Dallas teamed up with the BC SPCA animal protection officer to get them to safety.
“She came right up to our officer and led her into the thick brush,” says Drever.
Dallas led the officer 500 feet through the dense brush until she stopped at a bush and waited. Under the bush, the officer discovered a den that Dallas had created for her puppies.
“Huddling in the den were nine, two-week-old puppies,” says Drever.
“We would never have found these puppies if Dallas hadn’t led us there,” she adds. “She is an amazing mom who knew her puppies needed help.”
The BC SPCA then contacted the owner. It was determined that Dallas had been roaming freely on his property. The owner believed the dog was the victim of predators because she disappeared and hadn’t been seen in a while.
The BC SPCA says the owner agreed he could not provide Dallas and her puppies with the care they required and then chose to surrender.
All the dogs received a clean bill of health after being checked out by a veterinarian.
“Mom is underweight and will be on a feeding program to safely increase her calorie intake to bring her weight back to normal. The puppies are healthy and mom and her litter are now being cared for in a foster home,” says Drever.
Dallas will be available for adoption once her puppies are ready to leave her and she has been spayed. As for the puppies?
“The puppies will be available for adoption in approximately six to seven weeks.”
Watch for updates at spca.bc.ca/adopt.