Stray Mother Dog Picked the Right Porch

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind