“Hi, I’m Mia, and I almost wasn’t here today to tell my story. I’m barely a year old, a 20 pound schnauzer mix and I found myself on the street in a bad way – I was very pregnant. When Animal Control showed up I was sure it was all over. I was in no shape to run from them and if I got caught, well …
Luckily ORHS took me in the next day and since I looked like I was about to explode, they thought I would deliver my pups any minute. They gave me a warm place, a soft bed and good food. I felt better but nothing was happening with my puppies, except they were growing, lots. I couldn’t even walk across the parking lot to the grass to potty.
Eleven days later I went into labor in the middle of the night while I was alone. I had 5 puppies by myself but even though I was trying to push hard, no more puppies. Someone came in to check on me Saturday morning at 5AM. She realized that I was exhausted and as hard as I tried, I wasn’t able to deliver the next pup. Dr. Ladue from Park Place Animal Hospital was ready for the news and came in right away. They had even set up for a C-Section just in case. When she wasn’t able to turn the puppy that was sideways, we all knew surgery was a must.
We barely made it in time. Even though there were six people ready to take my puppies, to stimulate them to breathe – to do what I would have done if I could, we were afraid we would lose at least a few. The first puppy was large and had blocked the birth canal. She was slow to take a breath but they didn’t give up. Then it was a few minutes before another pup was handed over. It turned out that the last 5 puppies were twisted together in a knot. I never would have been able to deliver them. They would have died, I would have died, and the puppies I had delivered would have died.
My story had a happy ending because everybody lived, and now I will never have to have puppies again. I know I am so lucky to be at ORHS where everybody loves me, and they try to help with my puppies too. But I’m skin and bones, I can’t eat enough, and my puppies are taking all I have to give and more. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have help. I’m so grateful. Soon they promise me that I’ll get to have my own home with my own family to love and to love me back. I hope so. I’m just so very tired.”
Mia’s story could have been tragic. She was lucky but so many are not. We are a small rescue group is dedicated to save and find forever homes for all the animals we take in. There are times when the cost of caring for our animals is much greater than anticipated. This was the case with our sweet Mia. We have been very fortunate in the past to have received great support from the community for the care of our animals. We are again looking for genuine and caring individuals to help us with these unexpected expenses in saving the life of our Mia and her 11 puppies.
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