At our RSPCA shelters, we always expect the unexpected. But even we were surprised by what happened when Maria arrived at our shelter.
This gentle Bulldog Cross was painfully thin, and covered in an agonising rash. Her teats were also very swollen—so she was either pregnant, or she had just given birth.
Maria was all skin and bones, so it was hard to believe that she was still carrying her puppies. But then they started to arrive. Maria went into labour—right there in our shelter. And by the following morning, we had welcomed seven tiny pups into the world.
Maria and her puppies were all especially vulnerable, and they all needed urgent care. That’s why we have to be prepared for anything. And it’s why we need your support.
The recovery continued at the home of our foster carer Georgia, who lovingly looked after the puppies and nursed Maria back to health. She was shocked about what this sweet-natured mum had been through: “Maria was terribly skinny when she arrived. But she was always very gentle around people, so she must have been owned by someone once. It’s so upsetting to think that her owner might have dumped Maria out on the streets because she was pregnant.”
Happy and healthy, all of the pups have now been adopted. And Maria has also found her own forever home.
But the next time there’s an emergency, the next time an animal comes to an RSPCA shelter in pain and distress, we will need your support.