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Stray Mother Dog Picked the Right Porch

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 22, 2011

We Southerners are famous for getting a lot of use out of our porches. Maybe that’s why a stray mother dog in Mississippi thought that the comfortably cluttered porch of an elderly couple would be the best spot to deliver her seven puppies.

When the surprised couple discovered their new tenants, they immediately gave them food and water as well as towels and blankets to burrow in for warmth. For eight weeks, the couple cared for the dogs, but they knew that with a limited income, no transportation, and several dogs of their own, they were in no position to permanently provide proper care for a growing litter of puppies. So they called PETA for help.

Through our network of supporters, we found a volunteer named Teresa, whom we came to think of as Mother Teresa. She drove two hours to the couple’s home (they were just as impressed with her dedication as we were), gathered up all eight dogs, and delivered them to foster homes.

After vaccinations, check-ups, spay-and-neuter surgeries, and loads of love, the pups all found forever homes. And their mother? Well, she had an instant connection with another mother—Teresa’s! And now she has a new indoor home as well. Are you like Teresa? Join PETA’s Action Team to help us help animals in your area.

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  • Donna Parks says:

    Ohh! My puppies!! Thank you Teresa for helping us out. We are so thankful they all got beautiful homes! Now, Dino, the surrogate mommy was very sad for a long while. He missed them so much, but we have given him special attention so he’s better now. To all the owners, please give my puppies a wonderful, warm hug for me!We loved them so much!

  • abbie says:

    This is exactly what happened to my mom and i, a cat ended up having a litter of 4 but we couldn’t keep them all so they lived on our porch until they were grown enough to be given away. and after we did that we didn’t even think about having the cat spayed so qshe had a litter of 2 and we had to keep them and now we spayed the momma cat and the kittens and now the kittens are about 5-6 months… :)

  • Jon says:

    The 90% of the litter was promptly euthanized.

  • Sandalwood says:

    When I was a child there was no animal shelters in the area. We lived on a side road that was dark and remote. People would pull up late at night, open the car door, and push out a dog. My late mother never turned any of them away. We always had two or three dogs and loved every one of them. I guess that is why I have always loved animals more than people.

  • kelly says:

    I JUST SO NEED ENCOURAGING AND POSTIVE STORIES LIKE THIS ONE TO HELP BUFFER THE HORRIBLE DISTURBING ONES THAT SEEM TO FOREVER STAY IN MY HEAD. PLEASE TRY TO PUT AS MANY ‘HAPPY ENDING’ STORIES AS YOU CAN,,,,THERE IS ONLY SO MANY HEART-WRENCHING ONES I KNOW I CAN PERSONALLY HANDLE.

  • laura says:

    I love that story!! What a geart pick me up!!!

  • kristie says:

    Me and my familya adopted one of the puppies. We named him max.he is threE year olds newv beat friend . Thanks theresa ;)

  • Teresa Tremaine says:

    Thank you so much for publishing this story of my passion to rescue. I will be happy to do it again if the opportunity rises.

  • Cynthia says:

    Such a beautiful and inspiration story. I hope a lot of us learn from this and strive to be a inspiration /motivation to others.

  • annie says:

    Lovely dogs and lovely people for taking care of them and ringing Peta

  • Amanda says:

    They picked the right house, indeed. What a wonderful story. Thank you, to all compassionate people involved in taking care of this dog family. :)

  • Meaghan says:

    Thanks for sharing… Heart-warming!

  • Christine Kapetanios says:

    It’s our active compassion that elevates us from brute status to what we should be – human beings. Nice story. Thank you.

  • Pat says:

    This story has just made my day. With all the bad things happening in today’s world, it’s nice to hear there is still good people out there.

  • billy williams says:

    Great Story!-I love dogs!

  • John Alexander Gibson says:

    That’s an amazing story, such great compassion. A true inspiration!

  • Chef Kelz says:

    That is the kind of story that puts a huge smile on my face and heart. I love hearing about people who love unconditionally and do the right thing. Happy Holidays!!