Rescue Dog Safely Delivers Six Healthy Puppies That Had Low Survival Chances

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A Miracle on South Street

Do you believe in miracles? The staff and volunteers at the ROAR (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue) Shelter on South Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut do. A miracle is exactly what took place at our shelter in November 2019.

Callie, a sweet little hound dog mix who arrived at ROAR from Florida two months earlier, instantly stole everyone’s hearts. Although Callie had had her vaccinations, she needed to be spayed, because the animals ROAR makes available for adoption cannot go to their forever homes until they are spayed or neutered.


Callie arrived at her spay appointment, was put under anesthesia and, low and behold, the veterinarian promptly discovered this little girl was pregnant. An ultrasound confirmed it — she was carrying six vital, active, female pups. The trauma of the near spaying plus exposure to vaccines put the unborn puppies in dire risk of survival. Callie was taken into ROAR’s maternity facility where she received daily loving, pre-natal care by the staff and many prayerful thoughts from everyone.

On a Saturday morning in mid-November, a staff member checking in on Callie found her nursing six adorable newborn pups, which she had birthed on her own overnight. The vet arrived shortly thereafter and determined everyone to be in good health. Week-by-week, these puppies grew and thrived. They were named Churro, Maggie, Midge, Nutmeg, Stardust, and Pepper.

This was by any measure a miracle on South Street. In mid-January 2020, the puppies were available for adoption and welcomed into loving homes. Callie herself was adopted a few weeks later after receiving her spay procedure. A little miracle story of how ROAR was rescuing one life from the south and ended up rescuing and saving seven lives.


Story submitted by Kerry Dobson.