In January, a pregnant dog needed a place to have her litter of puppies. All she had was a snowdrift to lie in, and that’s where she had 6 pups. Soon, the poor malnourished mama stopped producing sufficient milk to feed her little babies. Fortunately, a concerned family discovered the hungry, huddled family and drove all of the dogs to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue.
Located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (RLRR) sees a lot of freezing cold strays. For those not from the area, February temperatures up there see an average high of 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Often it can be even colder.
“The majority of our animals are strays, but some are surrendered by residents. Most of the dogs and cats are young, since life expectancy for animals living outdoors on the reservation is usually around two years.” – Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue via Facebook
The shelter’s goal for all their dogs and cats is just a temporary stay followed by transport to the (much larger) Twin Cities for foster care and adoption. A photo RLRR shared of the shivering pups the day of their discovery now has hundreds of shares.
“This photo shows the great need for shelter and food in our very harsh winters. We have no idea how Snowbelle and her puppies survived. They were about 3 weeks old when rescued.”
Just look at how tiny these puppies are. They must all be real fighters!
This little family’s survival inspired. Many reached out with interest in adopting. In the meantime, Snowbelle became healthy enough to produce more milk for her growing puppies.
Snowbelle has since been spayed, so these beautiful pups will be her last litter. They’re all already off making their new families very happy. The proud adopters took to Facebook to boast about their new puppies.
“I adopted one of the puppies. She’s doing great. Thank you!!!!” -Paige Nichols via Facebook
“I am so happy with our puppy we got from this litter!” – Samantha Giddly via Facebook
Most importantly, the whole family is warm and well-fed.
H/T: CBS Local
Featured Image: @Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue/Facebook