Saving a Pregnant Dog and Her Pups


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Sunny was a gal in trouble when she was rescued.
Photo by Utah Animal Adoption Center

When the Utah Animal Adoption Center in Salt Lake City saved a very pregnant Pit Bull from abuse, a Petfinder Foundation grant from Orvis helped pay for the mother’s and her seven puppies’ medical care.

“Sunny was extremely malnourished,” Resource Development Director Samantha Johnson tells us. “You could see her ribs.”

Despite being badly mistreated, Sunny had a gentle and loving temperament that endeared her to the staff. Five days after the shelter took Sunny in, they helped her have her pups.

“She was the sweetest thing ever,” Lead Shelter Assistant Lindsay Ortega says. “She let us assist her, she let us rub her belly, she let us clean her babies off. She was the best momma.”

The grant helped the shelter pay for Sunny’s spay as well as her puppies’ spay/neuter surgeries, microchips and vaccinations. Johnson tells us that the organization took in 1,175 animals last year and found homes for 1,139 of them.

“Our ability to take on a pregnant animal, rehabilitate her, and find homes for her puppies is greatly impacted by the funding we received from Petfinder Foundation,” Johnson says.

Once again this year, Orvis has matched donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000. Orvis customers went on to donate more than double the match! These generous gifts continue to help save pets like Sunny and her puppies. To make your gift, or to find out more, visit Petfinder Foundation.

This little guy thanks you:


One of Sunny’s seven adorable pups
Photo by Utah Animal Adoption Center

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