Why We Exist
It was early December and the weather forecast was calling for a blizzard and freezing temperatures when the phone rang. A concerned citizen had noticed a stray dog on their property had given birth under their shed.
Recognizing that the pups wouldn’t survive a blizzard, rescuers immediately packed up the truck and made the three-hour drive to a property near Rocky Mountain House.
When they arrived they found a very scared momma dog peaking her head out from under the shed. Skinny and terrified she was doing her best to keep her six puppies warm and fed. The rescuers tried to coax her close enough to get a leash around her head, but she was too smart and quick. Four puppies came out from under the shed to see what was going on and rescuers quickly scooped them up. They were placed in a basket filled with blankets and put in the warm truck. The remaining two puppies were wary just like their momma.
The wind was blowing and the snow was starting to come down, the storm was fast approaching. Rescuers tried everything to encourage the dogs to come out on their own but with no luck. Finally, with just enough space, rescuers crawled on their stomach under the shed. They were able to get a leash around momma’s neck and pull her out along with the remaining pups. They were all placed in the warm truck for the ride to a foster home.
To our surprise momma dog (whom we named Maya) crawled up, laid her head on her rescuers lap, closed her eyes and fell fast asleep. She and her little family of six were finally safe. It’s like she knew everything was going to be OK.
The trip home took almost 5 hours due to increasingly bad road conditions. When the family arrived Maya was given a big bowl of food and water and her and her puppies a warm, safe bed.
The blizzard came in full force and lasted five days, without that phone call and the rescue crew’s quick action these little puppies would have perished in the cold dark of night. Instead Maya and pups are enjoying life in adoptive homes.