Shelbyville, TN – Though many animal shelters leave much to be desired, there are some that go above and beyond for their homeless charges.
Such is the case at the Bedford County Animal Control where orphaned, newborn puppies have been given a second chance due to a nurturing surrogate mother, and some out of the box thinking by a staff worker.
In early December, a man discovered seven orphaned newborn puppies huddled in an outbuilding near his home. The puppies had lost their mother – someone had either abandoned her or dumped her and she had been struck and killed on a nearby road.
The man took the newborn pups to the Bedford County Animal Control where staff did their best to care for the orphaned babies. But a human hand is not the optimal substitute for nursing puppies.
Shelter staff member, Brenda Goodrich, shared her plight with rescue contacts on Facebook and then something wonderful happened. Goodrich found another rescuer that had a mother Pit Bull with milk, but no puppies.
Nobody knows what happened to the homeless Pit bull’s babies, but what they did know what that the stray was gentle, and perhaps she could help these 7 orphaned pups.
Celina Weissenborn, with the SPCA, had the puppy-less mother in foster care in Nashville. Goodrich drove the 7 puppies to the gentle mother and instinct took it from there.
Motherly instinct on the part of the homeless Pit Bull, and the natural instinct of a newborn pup to nurse on the part of the young babies.
The new mom quickly took to her orphaned charges – nurturing them as if they were her own. The mother, and the 7 puppies, will all be in need of new homes as soon as the pups are weaned.
Of special mention in this story – the mother that so graciously and warmly took on pups that were not her own has had a hard life of abuse. Her body is covered in scars and a portion of her front paw is missing. Her body is damaged, but not her spirit, and not her soul.
The Bedford County Animal Control is located at 205 Lane Parkway, Shelbyville, TN 37160, Phone: 931-685-1130.
Two inspiring dogs to share in one day – it must be the season of miracles!
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