Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

Dogs have loads of surprises up their sleeves. They don’t wear sleeves, but you get the point. You can never know when your lovely pupper will decide it’s time to snag that bit of meat off the table or to run off barking at the neighborhood cat.

Well, dogs can also surprise you in other ways, like this particular pregnant dog that was found struggling in the streets under the sun and was rescued. And then 15 puppies happened leaving its rescuers shocked, in a good way, of course, with how much this doggie family grew in a day.

Imagine your lovely dog giving birth to a couple of puppies, and now imagine it giving birth to 15

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Meet Lil’Mama, a nickname given to her soon after her rescue by Stephanie Fikes and Justin Richie. Fikes was on her way to the store when she noticed the brindle pitbull mix in the parking lot, panting under the heat of the sun with her full-blown belly, indicating she’s expecting a litter. She was malnourished and dehydrated.

Worried that the dog might be in labor, Fikes called the mama dog into her car and brought her to Richie’s house and made her comfortable by giving her some food, water, and keeping her cool.

Meet Lil’Mama, the stray pregnant dog that was rescued and soon gave birth to 15 adorable puppies

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The two also took Lil’Mama to the vet to make sure everything was in order. About 20 ticks and a very-much-needed flea bath later, the vet said that the doggo is in good shape, ready to give birth. It was not clear when the birth would happen specifically, as he guesstimated anywhere between 5 minutes to 5 days. Also, unfortunately, they found no chip, so they couldn’t trace the dog to any owner.

So, they took the mom-to-be home and made all of the necessary arrangements to welcome her puppies into the world. Lil’Mama spent another week with them when Fikes noticed that she’d started to give birth.

The brindle and pitbull mix was found malnourished and dehydrated in a grocery store parking lot

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She was soon taken in by two friends who fed, watered and made her comfortable

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“Stephanie was comforting Lil’ Mama when she said, ‘I don’t want to be dramatic but I think that’s a puppy,’” Richie said to the Dodo. “The whole time we were placing bets on how many puppies she would have. I said eight, Steph said 10 … neither of us expected 15!”

Yes, you read that correctly! 15 puppies later, the two friends now had a family of 16 dogs on their hands. In context, five to six puppies is considered the average number among birthing dogs, and the world record for largest litter was set in 2004 by a Neapolitan mastiff named Tia with 24 puppies. So, 15 is a lot.

She was also taken to the vet, where no chip was found, but she was healthy and well

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A week later, after a full day of labor, with the help of her rescuers, Lil’Mama gave birth to 15 healthy puppies

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Fortunately, all of the puppies were delivered safely, after which everyone involved was super exhausted but blessed. The birthing process lasted for almost the entire day, so you can imagine why.

Now, Lil’Mama can’t physically feed and take care of her babies, so Fikes and Richie lent her a hand by feeding the puppies formula. For the time being, the puppies spend their days napping and feeding, but no worries, they are getting ready for when the fifteen little critters start walking and causing shenanigans around the house.

Stephanie and Justin, the rescuers, are working on finding good forever homes for the puppies

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There is an Instagram account dedicated to the life of the adorable little critters

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The plan now is to give the lovely pupper family a home as Fikes and Richie work towards finding good forever homes for the puppies. Apart from finding the right people to take the puppies in, the two also need to make sure all of the pups get their shots and are taught basic doggie etiquette so that they don’t bring the house down.

So far, with the help of social media and friends, the two are well on their way to making a list of interested adopters who will be taking the pups when they are of the right age.

You can also show support as there is a GoFundMe campaign to help take care of the doggies

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Check out all of the 15 puppies in the video below


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The internet loved this story, with many expressing their gratitude for the kind hearts that took Lil’Mama in and marveling at how adorable the family of puppers is, especially at the idea of how strong the mother was to endure such a lengthy birth.

You can follow the life of this amazing dog family on Instagram here and, heads up, there’s also a GoFundMe campaign which would help them pay for formula, food, shots, and other things they might need, so do consider donating.

What are your thoughts on this? Got some puppy birth stories that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section below!

Here’s how the internet reacted to Lil’Mama and her 15 adorable puppers