Saving a pregnant Pit Bull and her puppies


When Utah Animal Adoption Center in Salt Lake City saved a very pregnant Pit Bull from abuse, a Petfinder Foundation grant from Orvis helped pay for the mother’s and her seven puppies’ medical care.


Sunny was very pregnant when she was rescued from abuse. (Photo credit: Utah Animal Adoption Center)

“Sunny was extremely malnourished,” Resource Development Director Samantha Johnson tells us. “You could see her ribs.”

Despite being badly mistreated, Sunny had a gentle and loving temperament that endeared her to the staff. Five days after the shelter took Sunny in, they helped her have her pups.

“She was the sweetest thing ever,” Lead Shelter Assistant Lindsay Ortega says. “She let us assist her, she let us rub her belly, she let us clean her babies off. She was the best momma.”

One of Sunny's seven puppies.

One of Sunny’s seven puppies (Photo credit: Utah Animal Adoption Center)

The grant helped the shelter pay for Sunny’s spay as well as her puppies’ spay/neuter surgeries, microchips and vaccinations. Johnson tells us that the organization took in 1,175 animals last year and found homes for 1,139 of them.

“Our ability to take on a pregnant animal, rehabilitate her, and find homes for her puppies is greatly impacted by the funding we received from Petfinder Foundation,” Johnson says.

Once again this year, Orvis is generously matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000 — so that we can continue to help save pets like Sunny and her puppies.

Four of Sunny's seven puppies; all are up for adoption at Utah Animal Adoption Center.

Three of Sunny’s seven puppies (Photo credit: Utah Animal Adoption Center)