The lovely, smiley Pibble in the picture above is known as Dory, and for so many years and up until recently her life had been terrible. Her Florida owners had her live outside and restricted her to the 4-foot radius of her heavy chain. She was used for breeding multiple times, and many of her puppies died before her eyes. Dory’s future was unimaginable until a couple of kindhearted humans went in to help her.
First, an animal control officer from Dory’s hometown took it upon herself to step in. She tried to convinced Dory’s owners to provide the sweet mother with proper care. Instead, her owners surrendered a very pregnant Dory into the hands of Clewiston Animal Control. She was finally free from her horrible owners, but Dory was far from safe.
The Clewiston shelter was actually already at full capacity with other homeless pets, and Pit Bull-type dogs like Dory are in danger of high risk euthanasia. That’s when Dory’s next guardian angel appeared. As an active foster pawrent within the area, she had heard of the pregnant mother who was in need and got in touch with her friends at Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue. The group agreed to sponsor Dory, and the gracious woman welcomed her into her home.
After just a few weeks of love, care and attention from her foster mom, Dory was finally ready to give birth for the last time. She brought 8 lovely puppies into the world on June 24: 5 boys and 3 girls. The puppies are yet to be given names, but according to rumors they will each be given a name from the Finding Nemo or Finding Dory films.
For now, Dory is enjoying her motherhood and savoring the love and shelter she has never experienced before. Once her puppies are fully developed, she will be spayed and put up for adoption together with her litter of beauties. You can check on Dory and her puppies to find out when are they going to be available for adoption by following the Big Hearts for Big Dogs Facebook page – and also see wonderful pictures of the fam!
Sadly, Dory’s story isn’t really a special case – it happens quite a lot. Big Hearts for Big Dogs has just taken in one of Dory’s daughters and her litter of puppies after they were found neglected and almost at the verge of death in the woods. Dory and her family were fortunate enough to catch the attention of several caring folks who intervened to change their life, but many dogs aren’t that lucky. Shelters all over the country are filled with former breeding dogs, and many of them are Pit Bulls.
We could help stop backyard breeders by not purchasing their puppies, and opting to rescue and adopt instead. If you are thinking of adopting, please consider a senior dog or a mother like Dory. The amazing love and devotion you’ll get in return will all be worth it. And being a foster pawrent is another selfless and deeply rewarding way to save dogs’ lives.