Betty Boop, a Chihuahua mix, arrived at a county animal shelter in Arizona just in time to deliver two healthy boys. On the same day a litter of Shih Tzu puppies was not so lucky. The mother died after giving birth to seven puppies.
When she was offered the puppies, Betty Boop quickly adopted all seven as her own. They were all spared possible euthanasia at the county shelter when they were rescued by a no kill facility.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) operates the state's largest no-kill shelters. They are committed to caring for animals until they find loving homes.
During the same week a newborn puppy was taken to AAWL. The staff decided to introduce him to Betty Boop, who once again instantly accepted him into her growing family.
Betty Boop and the puppies went to a private home where they could be fostered. She has raised all ten of her puppies from helpless newborns to chubby, healthy puppies ready to go to homes of their own.
Betty Boop’s days as a mother dog will be over when she goes to her forever home. Sometimes it's harder to place older dogs than puppies. Vicky Eckerdt, director of Operations at AAWL said:
This little dog has an exceptionally strong mothering instinct, accepting, nurturing and protecting all of the puppies in her care. When she is ready to go to a permanent home, she will be a terrific member of that family. Source
Mother dogs—Amazing animals