To make more room for incoming dogs, Ava, a pregnant Chow mix, was supposed to be put down at a shelter. She was additionally expecting.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan named Ashlee Holland (who is a HERO in our book!) discovered Ava and realized that she was her best hope for survival, so she decided to adopt her. Holland was also a mother, which made her feel akin to Ava.
Holland took Ava to the veterinarian for a health check and an x-ray, but no one knew exactly how many puppies she would have. Ava went into labor one late evening less than two weeks after her visit to the veterinarian.
She had her first puppy shortly after. She had four more puppies within the next hour, took a rest, and then had two more an hour later.
Her contractions had stopped, so her human changed her bedding and got her cleaned up while she cared for her seven pups. But little did her human know, she wasn’t done having puppies. During the night, she went on to have eight more puppies!
As the hours went by, Ava wound up giving birth to three more puppies, which brought her litter to a whopping 18 puppies!
Holland saved not only Ava’s life but the lives of 18 little pups as well! All of the puppies were healthy and grew very quickly. Ava made a great doggy mom to all 18 of her pups.
And the BEST news is that ALL of the puppies have since been adopted to loving forever-homes! ❤️
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