COLUMBUS (WCMH) — “She is totally chill and totally sweet,” Amelia Black said about her 2-year-old foster dog, Julia.
Julia is expecting her first and last litter of puppies.
“She has been laying on her side a lot. You can feel movement of the puppies,” said Black.
Julia and her mom, Finley, were rescued by RESCUEDOhio, a local non-profit that takes in and re-homes hundreds of dogs per year.
Finley has already had two litters before coming to RESCUEDOhio.
Black said she is up to the task of not only taking care of her own dogs, but also Julia and Finley, as well as Julia’s litter.
“I’ve whelped two litters, and then I’ve had mommas that had puppies somewhere else.” Black says.
Fostering a litter of puppies can be a lot of hard work. From the late nights, to the early mornings and all of the mess in between.
“When they start getting weaned and they start eating solid food, then the work starts.”
Before the dogs were rescued, they were being sold on Craigslist which is something those in the rescue community have trouble stomaching.
“God only knows where she would have ended up if RESCUEDOhio hadn’t taken her in.” Black said.
According to Black, Craigslist is a popular place for dog fighters to find bait dogs, and most dogs sold on the website aren’t fixed which contributes to an overpopulation problem.
“There’s millions of dogs being euthanized in shelters every year,” said RESCUEDOhio Director, Jillian Lenczicki.
RESCUEDOhio takes in roughly 20 moms-to-be per year.
“A lot of the dogs that we get come from rural shelters where there is not a lot of resources. A lot of people don’t understand the importance in spaying and neutering,” says Lenczicki.
Lenczicki says most people don’t find out until it’s too late. “I think everyone sees puppies and how cute they are, but they don’t see the real behind the scenes.”
Behind the scenes is something Black knows well, and while she loves it, she stresses it can be very hard work. “You’re constantly watching to make sure everyone is okay.”
She helps to ween them from their mother, socializes them with people and other dogs, and ultimately prepares them for success in a forever home. “She is going to be a good mom. I think she is going to be quite the catch if somebody wants to adopt her after.”
To bring awareness to mommas in rescue and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets we will be following Julia on her journey with a live puppy cam through the month of May.
We will watch the puppies grow as Black prepares them for adoption. Stay with NBC4 for more information on how to watch the puppy cam.