Man Gets Unexpected Surprise When He Rescues Dog a Day Away from Being Put Down at Shelter


A man living near Raleigh, North Carolina got an unexpected surprise when he took home a dog he rescued a day way from being put down at a local shelter.

Brian brought home a dog he named Blue and discovered she was pregnant. He wrote, “So I adopted a dog from a kill shelter 2 weeks ago…s of this morning…11 puppies.”

A dog named Blue rescued from a kill shelter gave birth to puppies

Brian explained how it all came about:

“So a bit more info on the story. I wanted another cat for my current cat. He is a very active happy cat, but needs a friend. So i went to a local no kill shelter and while waiting to get “screened” I see all the dogs, and like damn. I want a dog.”

“So I go through the process of looking at there dogs, and felt none of them were really all that special. So I go home and look around for local shelters. Turns out one of the local (45 minutes away local) shelters was about to put down their dogs.”

“So I take a trip out there with my pops, and look at them. A few loud barking dogs, a few puppies (cute ones, but people were on them quickly) And then she was laying scared to death in a corner of her little cell. So I took her out of that place asap. Me and my dad assumed she had recently had pups, because her nipples and all that.

“Well, it was a rough going for the first week or so, she was very very timid. And it looks like she was abused at some point. She warms up starts coming around to me more. And to an extent the cat. While she was getting bigger. I was going to take her to a vet soon. but was holding off due to her being very afraid of car rides, and people in general.”

“So around 2 am, she starts yelping and moving around a lot. And I get out of bed, had not fallen asleep yet and she had a puppy trailing behind her. So well I did what I could lined her crate with towels, her bed. And did my best.”

“11 puppies later…she is ok, and the pups are doing just fine. Might have bit off more than I bargained for, but hopefully I can find them homes when they ready.”

Brian is waiting for 6 weeks until the puppies are grown before beginning his search for adoptive parents and said he will be extra cautious about finding the pups new homes. He adds, “I am going to be careful, did not go through all this to have them end in a poor home.”

Update: April 5, 2013

Blue’s litter of puppies are growing up and “doing well” according to Brian. He said, “They have not been doing much yet but they just started moving about and opening there eyes so soon enough I’ll have more [photos]. Just been busy going out looking for a job etc. So it’s been a bit time consuming for me to get some pictures out…”

Here’s a few of the new photos.

Blue’s puppy a week later.

Blue’s puppies haven’t quite open their eyes yet.

Brian originally went to the shelter to see about getting a cat as a companion for his current cat. Instead Blue came home with him and soon gave birth. But it looks like the cat doesn’t mind too much. In fact, it looks like he is quite entertained and is watching out for the puppies.

Update: April 21, 2013

Brian says the puppies are now starting to eat on their own and writes:

“Been fairly busy with things as of late, keeping up with 11 puppies, has been a bit more challenging then I originally thought. Between job hunting and trying to find a cheap vet and helping out with some other things. I finally have a bit of down time, I thought it time to let y’all know how the puppies are doing.

They are all doing great, very happy and starting to eat food on their own as well. Playing and getting into all kinds of silliness. They are getting big, i originally had them, inside their mom’s crate, that wasn’t going to work so I updated to a small pen in the kitchen, that only worked for a week or two. As of yesterday I just gated off the kitchen and let them have the whole run of it.”

Momma relaxing outside.

Puppy pile in a bit while i did some much needed cleaning to the kitchen.

puppies in kitchen

The puppies have the kitchen to themselves.

~ All photos credit: Brian via Imgur @Chuck_T_Bone

Pupdate: May 8, 2013 A few weeks later, and Brian says the puppies are looking for loving homes.

When Brian decided he wanted to adopt a dog, he picked Blue, a female dog who was a day away from being put down in a local shelter. It was only when he took her home that he discovered she was pregnant.

Brian said that he assumed she recently had puppies because of her nipples. The first week was challenging, as Blue was timid and took some time to warm up to him.

He was planning to take her to the vet, but held off because of her fear of people and car rides. A short 2 weeks later, Blue gave birth to 11 puppies.

Six weeks on, the Boxer mixed puppies are doing well and are now ready to find forever homes.

Brian said he will be extra cautious about finding the pups new homes saying, “I am going to be careful, did not go through all this to have them end in a poor home.”

Brian says “People in the Raleigh/Clayton area would be best, but if a family is willing to come and pick them up they can do that too.” He adds, “I will need to know they going to good home, and you can afford to care for them.”

Note, all of Blue’s pups have found homes. One even found a home with a DogHeirs member! You can read all about the pup’s adoption in our article here.

Many DogHeirs members applaud Brian for his good deed. Cheryl Simon wrote, “You rescued 12 from that kill shelter! Blessings to you!!!”

Richard wrote, “You are awesome Brian. Mom and babies are beautiful. You and Blue were meant for each other!”

Texsheva said, “This is the kind of story I want read about more often. A caring, compassionate person making a difference. He took on one dog to save her and ended up saving 12. Thank you for making this difference and leading by example Brian!!! :)”


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