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Courtesy H.O.P.E. for Animals

Pregnant mom, puppies get help from HOPE, vet

Courtesy H.O.P.E. for Animals

HOPE for Animals in Fort Wayne sent us this item. We were enchanted by the photos and wanted to share their story. Here it is, as submitted by the organization:

Last Friday, HOPE received a special call. A female pit-bull had given birth to 4 puppies, but was unable to birth the entire litter. Mom needed an immediate c-section. The family only had a few dollars, but luckily the vet they went to referred them to HOPE. Because of our non-profit status we are able to, on occasion, help people in cases such as this. The owners of Mom recently had their male neutered and had brought mom in to HOPE as well. Unfortunately by this time, Mom was already too far along in her pregnancy to spayed.

Mom came in to HOPE on Friday morning with 4 puppies and large swollen belly. This kind of situation is very painful for mom, and is extremely risky to her health as well as the puppies. All of HOPE's staff pitched in to help prep mom and take care of her puppies while she was in surgery. One of HOPE's veterinarians, Dr. Fretz D.V.M. was able to successfully carry out the c-section, saving mom and 4 more puppies.

In addition, we were able to spay mom under a program called Snip-by-Zip 46806 sponsored by PetSmart Charities. Anyone who lives in 46806 and has a pit-bull is eligible to have their pit-bull spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and receive city registration for only $5.00. All 8 puppies will go home with a certificate under this program as well, which can be used as soon as the puppies are 4 months old. HOPE also offers transportation for this program as well. To find out more please call 260-420-7729.

It was a happy outcome for all, but we were extremely lucky. Spaying and neutering your pet can prevent unwanted pregnancies and also lessen the chance for many cancers and health emergencies. Find out more about HOPE by finding us on Facebook or going to

About H.O.P.E. for Animals

H.O.P.E. for Animals is a 501c3 (tax exempt) nonprofit animal welfare group dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of healthy adoptable cats and dogs. We follow the Humane Alliance model of high quality, low cost spay and neuter to reduce and eventually eliminate homeless animals, slated for death. We pursue that mission through education, spay/neuter/wellness, and rescue.

For additional information please visit our website at