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Mother Dog Fights to Nurture Pups, Relying on Garbage To Keep Them Alive

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on February 13, 2024

It’s heart-wrenching to ponder the anguish dogs endure when callously abandoned by their owners. The innocent victims are stripped of their homes, their sense of belonging, and beloved guardians. They face a devastating loss. The dog in this story is both courageous and resilient. Indah, a gentle and brave mother dog, experienced profound heartbreak when her owner left her and her newborn pups at a garbage dump near a local market. Concerned for her hungry babies, she scavenged for food amidst the refuse to sustain them.


Despite her desperate pleas, the market-goers misunderstood Indah’s cries for assistance, mistaking them for aggression. Nearby children, moved by her plight, attempted to aid her but were also met with uncertainty when Indah grumbled while standing in front of her babies. She wasn’t sure of people’s intentions and protected her babies accordingly. Thankfully, rescuers arrived, encountering a wary Indah fiercely guarding her offspring. Recognizing her maternal instincts, they earned her trust and safely retrieved her pups, still with closed eyes, from their hiding spot.


Relief flooded Indah’s heart as she realized she and her pups were no longer alone. Showered with affection and care, she and her babies were transported to the vet for thorough examinations. Indah was estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 years old. She was diagnosed with scabies and malnourishment, and her body was infested with ticks. Remarkably, despite her dire circumstances, she didn’t require intensive medical care.

Moved by Indah’s unwavering devotion to her pups, rescuers and vets marveled at her resilience. The precious family received comprehensive care and abundant love at the rescue center. Indah found solace in providing for her babies in a safe, nurturing environment. She was grateful for the affection bestowed upon her. As her puppies thrived and found loving homes, Indah also embraced her new life.


Now, she revels in the joy of companionship with her rescuers, her once sorrowful eyes now brimming with happiness. May this resilient and endearing canine find the forever home she so richly deserves.

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