Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This sweet mother dog had how many puppies??

Akasha will soon be available for adoption.
As many of you who follow my business and my blog know, I volunteer for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter just north of Austin, TX. I have been volunteering with this shelter since 2010 (Wow, it's really amazing to think I have been with them for 7 years) and during that time, I have watched it grow into a true No Kill facility. That means, every animal that comes through their doors is given a chance to thrive (not just survive) in the shelter system. 

So, of course, when a super sweet mother dog and her nine (yes, 9!!) puppies arrived at the shelter, the staff kicked into gear to ensure every one of these little babies has the best opportunity to be given a wonderful life. 

As it happened, I stopped into the shelter shortly after this little family arrived and to my delight, was able to photograph each of these puppies along with spending time with their beautiful mother, Akasha.

Akasha is just one of those dogs that you instantly fall in love with. She has a tail that a Tesla would envy, 0 - 60 in 1.0 seconds. She has been a wonderful mother to her puppies, but she is happy to let her caregivers handle them and even more excited when she can sneak in a pet of her own. She was full of kisses and when I took her out, away from her babies for a walk together, she was delighted to spend time romping around the shelter conference room and enjoy some treats and quality time for herself. It's hard to  believe that this little 40lb dog had such a large litter, but without being spayed, there is never a guarantee on how many puppies a dog will or will not bring into the world. 

SOOOO cute! 
True to the No Kill mission and vision of the shelter, the staff reached out to see if we could find foster homes for Akasha's 9 puppies who will need a few weeks of TLC as they grow old and strong enough for adoption. The puppies are currently around 6 weeks old and looking for fosters in the Austin, TX metro area. If you or your family are interested in fostering, stop by the shelter to fill  out a foster application and start saving lives! Of course, if you are not in the Austin area, you can make a donation for their care to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter or even better, sign up as a foster for a local rescue in your area! 

Stephanie Conrad
Pet Studio Art

Pupdate: As of 1-18-2016, 3 of the 9 puppies have found a foster home.