When Donna Lochmann got a call saying that a dog was hurt in the basement of an empty house, she knew she had to go check it out right away. She didn’t know that there was a whole family there waiting for help.
The chief rescue officer at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Lochmann, replied The Dodo that as soon as they got out of the car, they could hear multiple pups crying.
Lochmann followed the sounds to the basement, where he discovered three scared 6-week-old pups crying to get someone’s attention.
Lochmann could also hear their mother barking from somewhere else in the house. After the mother of the puppies picked up the pups and put them in her Jeep, Lochmann set up a bait for her. But because she was afraid, the mother dog didn’t look at the bait. She instead ran away.
“We wouldn’t want to leave mom behind,” Lochmann replied. “So I went back a couple more times, hoping she was still around.”
Lochmann couldn’t find the lost mother dog on her first 2 trips back to the house. Then, when she went to the house for the third 3rd time, she heard a familiar bark coming from the first floor.
Lochmann heard a small bark as she went from the basement to the first floor. When she looked down, she saw a tiny 4th puppy sitting at her feet.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lochmann replied. “We looked everywhere for the pups while we were there, but we couldn’t find any at all.”
Before she got to the top of the stairs, Lochmann didn’t know how the pups were getting into the basement. She saw that the pups were falling through a big hole in the floor.
Lochmann found 4 more dogs when she got to the first floor. Lochmann replied, “There were a total of eight pups, counting the 3 we found on the first day.”
Lochmann took all of the puppies to her Jeep and made sure they were safe before going back into the house to look for the puppies’ mother. This time, she set a bait inside of the house and waited for dog Mom to check it out.
A short time later, Lochmann went back inside to check on the mother dog. When he got there, he saw that she was still in the trap.
Lochmann replied, “That day, we got 8 pups and their mother off the street.”
Lochmann took the mother dog, whom she named Windy Day, and her puppies to the shelter so that they could get care.
Three of the puppies went to live with Lochmann as foster care, and the other five found foster homes soon after they arrived at the shelter. Windy Day is still looking for a family to love her and take her in.
“I hope someone will take her soon,” Lochmann replied. “She’s cute and nice.”
Stray Rescue of St. Louis put Windy Day on their website so that she could find a happy loving home. Until then, the people who work at the rescue centre spend as long as they can with the sweet mother dog and are happy that she’ll never be alone and scared again.