One of our Cofounders and her husband were traveling on a rural highway in Arvin, CA when a Mama dog and her three pups (1 white pup and 2 black pups) crossed in front of them just as semitrucks were whizzing by.
They were able to lure Mama and two of her pups into their car, but the second black pup was too frightened and ran off. They hated to leave him but there was no other choice without more help and supplies. They brought the family to @kern_county_animal_services and then connected with R.A.D. dog rescue who went out daily searching for the pup with no luck.
After 2 weeks - a black male pup was brought into another shelter by animal control. Picked up near Arvin. We believe he was Mama’s last black pup. We were hoping for a family reunion but learned that the white pup had been adopted. While the first black pup contracted distemper inside the shelter and was euthanized.
Mama ended up being pulled by Marley’s Mutts but had already become very sick and later died in foster care. Unfortunately, Kern County Shelter is notorious for a lot of the dogs they take in becoming deathly ill. The shelter should have done a better job at protecting Mama and her pups, but they failed them. First by separating them from each other when they were extremely bonded and then by not providing a safe environment for them. We pray the white pup was adopted by a loving family and won’t end up back on the streets.
With a donation from WUFAW, R.A.D agreed to pull the other black pup that we whole heartedly believe to be Mama’s and adopted him out to a wonderful family.