When a heavily pregnant pup was taken in by the staff at the Blue Cross Association in Ipswich, they had no idea what was in store for them!
By, 5 Dec 2019
When Darla's owners were evicted from their home, they knew they needed to take care of their heavily pregnant pup before they did anything else. Caring only for her welfare, they immediately called the Blue Cross and asked the charity to take her in so that Darla didn't end up on the streets.
Thankfully, the caring organisation were only too happy to help and took Darla in.
An eventful labour
But what happened next was quite the surprise as Darla went into labour almost immediately!
The labour itself wasn't a huge surprise but the amount of pups was. Darla gave birth to five puppies, then six, then seven…eventually finishing with twelve puppies!
Mum Darla handled the birth incredibly and her and all twelve pups are healthy and well. Although we'd imagine Darla is probably a little exhausted!
Bradley Tovell, an animal welfare assistant at the Blue Cross said,
“When we received a call asking us to help Darla, we couldn't turn her away. She was likely to go into labour any day and as her owners were being evicted, she faced having her pups on the streets. Thankfully we did have room at our inn, or rather kennels, because within two days of admitting her, Darla's pups had arrived.”
The puppies, six boys and six girls have all been given names: the boys are named Sun, Star, Galaxy, Neptune, Earth and Jupiter and their sisters are Moon, Comet, Mercury, Venus, Pluto and Saturn.
A Christmas miracle
Twelve is the largest litter the Blue Cross have ever seen and now mum and babies are all being cared for until the puppies are old enough to go out to be rehomed.
Staff at the centre say the biggest Christmas miracle would be if all dogs could be rehomed before Christmas. We've got everything crossed.