By ChristieLyn Diller, Director of Marketing and Communications
Cadbury, a loveable terrier cross breed, was found roaming DC with two curious little pups in tow. Curious not because of their inquisitive nature, but rather, because they were Boxer mix puppies – clearly not a litter of her own!
Left to their own defenses, Cadbury and the adorable puppies – Bonnie and Clyde – had found each other and formed a family. But the even bigger surprise came the next day.
Just hours after finding safe shelter at the WHS New York Avenue Adoption Center, Cadbury gave birth to seven babies! Cadbury’s pregnancy had led her maternal instinct – and lactation – to kick in, allowing her to care for her foster babies while she prepared for her delivery.
First hand from Alyssa Ellison, Animal Care Manager -
One of the Animal Care staff members told me that she had started delivering. When I went to check on her, she had delivered two, and they were both doing fine. Over the hour, she delivered puppy numbers three and four. All appeared well, and she was doing a great job with her new babies. After puppy number four, however, she was no longer breaking open the sacs around the pups, as is necessary and instinctual for new moms to do. She was just too tired. I started helping her open them, and once I had their faces cleared and most of the sac off, she took over. She ended up with seven babies total. One of our new volunteers was in that day, and once she heard what was happening, she stepped up to foster mom and all her pups, so they would have a quiet home environment to nurse in. The pups were in recently for their first set of vaccinations, and they are doing great!
Cadbury and Her Seven Eggs
Little Bonnie and Clyde soon snuck off to start new adventures with a (human) foster family of their own, while mom stayed with her new collection of nursing pups. Cadbury and her seven eggs are now also in a loving foster home, growing bigger and cuter each day.
Because of her incredible dedication to care for her puppies – all nine of them – WHS is proud to name Cadbury our “Mom of the Year.”
Very soon, you could have a Bonnie, Clyde, Jelly Bean, Peep, Bunny, Chicklet, Lambchop, or Tulip join your family. Stay posted on our adoption page where the puppies will be listed when they are available to go home with you.
This Mother’s Day, celebrate the special mom in your life by making a gift in her honor to WHS.
When you make an honorary gift to WHS, you will not only celebrate your extraordinary mom, but help the many motherless and abandoned animals in need, right here in our community.
On behalf of Cadbury and all of her pups, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Take Action - See a stray? Don’t delay! Call the WHS Animal Care and Control team at 202-576-6664.
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