A two-year-old Rottweiler mix named Bertha was recently rescued from a kill shelter in Indiana. Bertha was pregnant but unfortunately all of her puppies passed away. The Second Chance 4 Paws Network put out the word about Bertha and partnered up with a nonprofit organization called Lakeshore PAWS. The two groups arranged to have a litter of orphaned puppies transported from a shelter in Oklahoma to be “adopted” by Bertha. Read more at nwitimes.com:
Lakeshore PAWS, a Porter County-based rescue, had just acquired six newborn puppies from an Oklahoma City shelter through a volunteer who went to help in the wake of the devastating tornadoes there.
The puppies’ mother, a pit bull/shepherd mix, was deemed aggressive and put down before she could be rescued.
Lakeshore PAWS brought the six orphaned pups to the bereaved Bertha at the foster’s Merrillville home to see how they would get along.
“She was unsure at first, but the foster got into the pool with her and she started cleaning them right away,” Pelko said.
Jeanne Sommer, director of Lakeshore PAWS, said the partnership with Second Chance was “just awesome.”
“Here they had this sad mom and we had these puppies who needed help,” Sommer said. “It worked out great for all of us.”
The puppies, who are just over a week old, are thriving, Palko said.
“She’s a fantastic mom,” Pelko said. “My foster says she doesn’t even want to go outside to go to the bathroom and leave her puppies.”
Second Chance is now considering training Bertha to be a therapy dog.
Sommer said volunteers from Lakeshore PAWS returned to Oklahoma this past weekend and brought back seven more dogs in need following the tornadoes.
It’s great to see dogs and organizations from other parts of the country help out shelters in Oklahoma. Click here for the full story, here for more about Second Chance 4 Pets Network, and here for Lakeshore PAWS. (Photo from the Second Chance Facebook page)