Pregnant homeless dog gets maternity shoot from animal rescue group
Posted February 26, 2020 11:29 a.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2020 1:05 p.m. EST
Sanford, N.C. — A pregnant, homeless Chihuahua was given a pregnancy photo shoot with her newborn puppies to celebrate her as a survivor and as a mother – as well as to highlight the struggles of homeless pets and overpopulation.
Lending Paws a Hand, an animal shelter in Lee County, teamed up with Puppy Prints Photography to create a collection of motherhood photos.
According to Kelsey Quinn, a volunteer with the shelter, the mother Chihuahua, whom they named Sonya, was left outside in the cold with very little shelter and lack of care.
"As a pregnant mother, she was desperately trying to seek safety, a safe place to stay warm and protect her soon-to-be-born puppies," said Quinn.
Fortunately, Sonya was found by animal control officers and taken to the Lee County Animal Shelter. However, according to Quinn, Sonya needed specialized care because of her pregnancy, and she was taken in by Lending Paws a Hand.
Sonya went into labor in late January. She experienced complications and was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic. Sonya delivered four healthy puppies, but one died.
"She has gone through so much heartbreak during her brief time on earth," said Quinn.
Lending Paws a Hand came up with the idea of celebrating Sonya's motherhood and highlighting the importance of spaying and neutering pets and the need for more fosters in Lee County.
Officials from the shelter said that spaying or neutering reduces the population of homeless animals and provides numerous health benefits.
Quinn said Sonya is thrilled to have a foster to provide the best care for her and her puppies and looks forward to finding her forever home soon!