When the workday is done for those who rescue unwanted animals, I have to imagine that the kind of story I'm about to share with you, is the very stuff that keeps them showing up for work again and again, and helps them to stay strong through all the heartbreaks of seeing the kinds of horrors that can happen to unloved animals.

This is one of those rare miracle stories that take us all by surprise but gives us hope that amazing and wonderful occurrences do happen in this world.

According to the Susquehanna SPCA in Cooperstown, this story begins with a beautiful female husky named "Candy" who was on quite the long trek from a puppy mill rescue organization called Furever Friends Dog Rescue of WNY out of Ohio to the Susquehanna SPCA (SQSPCA). Because the Ohio non-profit doesn't have an actual place where the rescued dogs can go before being re-homed, they work with organizations like the SQSPCA who agree to take dogs in for them as space allows.

Following Candy's long, 500-mile journey to Cooperstown to the shelter, she had to undergo surgery to be spayed which is standard procedure at the shelter. Everything was fine until, during the surgery, the SQSPCA medical staff discovered something they were completely unaware of - Candy was pregnant with four babies. According to the SQSPCA, the reason her pregnancy was not known was that puppy mills don't release dogs for retirement who are pregnant, and secondly, Candy was very thin and did not show any signs of pregnancy.

Sadly, the first puppy that was discovered was no longer alive. Then three more puppies were discovered and it was thought that they too had fallen to the same deathly fate as the first puppy when miracle of miracles occurred and movement was detected from one of them. It turns out that all three were still alive and had to be carefully removed, given oxygen, and physically stimulated to bring them fully into this world.

It worked!! You can see below the beautiful puppies which are thought to be a mix of Husky and Australian Shepherd. They are now two weeks old and through VERY diligent and tireless care, are thriving alongside their mother, who as it happens, doesn't seem to be bothered by the fact that she's not quite retired as a mother.

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When the puppies and mother are ready, all will be up for adoption and I have no doubt they will quickly find their forever homes.

You can see all animals currently up for adoption at the Susquehanna SPCA at www.sqspca.org.

Susquehanna SPCA Miracle Puppies

The Susquehanna SPCA helped to rescue a puppy mill female dog, a 6-year-old Siberian husky named "Candy" that was retired from breeding. Through an alliance with Furever Friends Dog Rescue of WNY, a nonprofit group in Ohio that saves retired dogs from puppy mills, the dog was being cared for at the Cooperstown shelter and being prepared for adoption. Part of that process is to spay the dog before adopting it out. A big surprise happened during the surgery - the very thin dog was found to be carrying inside her a litter of four puppies. Three of them were found to be still alive and were saved. What a miracle!

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