In recent years, there have been many problems in the dog world. From many abandoned pets to an even more significant number of stray dogs on the streets.
But, lately, the burning problem is the limited capacity of dog shelters. The Harris County Animal Shelter in Texas is currently struggling with the increasing influx of over 200 dogs, while the capacity is limited to only 150 places.
This was the main reason for the team from KHOU 11 News to visit this shelter. They headed to make a report, but at the entrance, they were greeted by a shocking sight that changed the whole story.
Dramatical News On TV Channel
On May 30th, 2018, Dr. Michael White, director of the Harris County Animal Shelter in Texas, was watching the local news from his home. He was surprised when he realized that they were reporting from his workplace.
The news was about the chained dog outside the shelter, found by reporter, Janelle Bludau, and the KHOU News Team.
“I was watching the local news and I saw Janelle [Bludau], the reporter, outside our facility at the gate out by the road,” White told The Dodo. “She was talking about this dog she found, who had been chained to our front gate when she came to the shelter that morning.”
White didn’t wait a minute. He quickly got dressed and immediately headed to the shelter. After a 45-minute drive, he finally arrived at the “crime scene”. He was welcomed there by reporter Bludau, who was petting the poor dog.
While one would assume a trauma such as being abandoned and tied to a fence would have an impact on the dog, she was actually quite friendly. Her tail wouldn’t stop wagging for the news crew, and she seemed quite healthy.
Nonetheless, Dr. White decided to immediately bring her into the shelter and examine her.
Aside from having a heartworm infection and flea infestation, everything else was perfectly fine, but this experienced doctor noticed that she was also hiding a secret.
By using an X-ray, he discovered that Jennel, whom he named in honor of her rescuer, was pregnant and expecting 10 puppies! He realized that this would happen within a week or two, so he quickly had to decide what to do with this future mama dog.
As he has always had a soft heart for dogs, it didn’t take long for him to decide that he would take her home with him and give her all the care she needed until she gave birth.
Eleven Happy News
“I decided I wasn’t going to leave her there any longer, and I took her home,” White said for The Dodo.
Despite White having two dogs of his own and two foster dogs, Jennel has adjusted very well to her temporary, but loving home.
She attempted to climb up everyone’s lap to offer them lots of love, but with her size (she weighed 65 to 70 pounds!), it was difficult. But, you couldn’t blame her for trying.
Everything changed after a few days, on June 12, when Jannel’s behavior started to change. She wasn’t that happy and enthusiastic anymore, and she started to show signs of anxiety.
Dr. White knew that the new puppies were coming soon, and he immediately began preparing for this challenging veterinary task.
“We knew when I got home from work that evening that something was up,” White said. “I was hoping she’d do it during the day, but …”
His wife also decided to help when, around 8:50 p.m., the first contraction started. They knew that a long night was ahead of them.
Indeed, it was around 3:35 a.m. when puppy number 10 was out, and they thought that they were done and could finally enjoy some time with their new, sweet members.
But, number 11 was born at 6:05 a.m., and that was finally the end of this long, exhausting night. Although it was difficult, it was still worth it to see 11 new, sweet puppy lives in this world for the first time.
Into The Happy Family After All
After White and his wife helped her deliver the puppies, she decided to repay them by not burdening them any further. She has since taken the reins with their care all by herself.
“She’s constantly keeping the pen nice and clean,” White said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better mother. She’s doing an excellent job with them.”
Dr. White and his wife decided to continue fostering them until the puppies were ready for adoption. Since they brought them so much happiness and love, they couldn’t just abandon them and hand them over to someone else.
Of course, after some time, the day of parting came. On July 25, 2018, KHOU 11 reported that Janelle, the dog, and one of her pups, Lisa, had new families.
They stated that they’d been adopted by two friends and that the other 10 pups should be in their forever homes by Thursday.
This parting was difficult for Dr. White because he got emotionally attached to this beautiful dog. But, still, he couldn’t be prouder of the fact that he was one of the main “culprits” for the new, happy life of an abandoned dog and her little ones.
Janelle is bringing much happiness to her new home, as well as her puppies, who all found their happy places. They all have their new names and one of them even got himself a new career. What a story!
If you want to know more details about their new lives, take a look at the video below.