Animal rescuers were met with an upsetting spectacle when they found some tiny puppies outside a derelict home. However, it wasn’t until their mom started barking that they realized just how terrifying the house was. And what they saw there will stay with them forever.
Stray Rescue of St. Louis is an animal shelter based in Missouri. A nonprofit organization, it was founded by dog lover Randy Grim in 1998. Since then, thousands of stray and abused dogs have benefited from its compassionate mission.
Today, the shelter operates across two sites in the city and employs 60 staff members. Furthermore, Stray Rescue of St. Louis relies on 1,000 volunteers and 300 foster families to help place doggies in their perfect homes.
In 2017 the shelter learned of a dog who was in desperate need of help. So, alongside a volunteer named Donna, Grim jumped in a car and headed to the scene. Once he arrived, he turned on a camera and began filming the unfolding rescue.
Grim revealed that the dog in question had recently become a mom and that she and her tiny puppies were taking shelter in an abandoned house. However, the deserted home was no place to raise her young litter. So, Stray Rescue of St. Louis decided to step in.
As they approached the house, Grim and his colleague had no idea what to expect. But, the closer they inched, the louder the cacophony of barks coming from within the property became. Without a minute to lose, the rescue team tried to locate the entrance of the derelict building.
However, when they got there, they discovered that the front door had been boarded up. As a result, they had to crawl through thick foliage to reach the back of the house. All the while, they could hear the momma dog and her babies crying out for help.
Then, around the corner of the terrifying house, out popped an adorable little dog. They had located the puppies, but they couldn’t see their momma anywhere. However, her absence didn’t last for long.
Sensing that strangers were approaching, the protective mother emerged from around another corner and began barking at the animal rescuers. Clearly concerned for her puppies’ welfare, she began to snarl – as if warning them not to come any closer.
But the animal’s hostile manner didn’t deter the experienced rescuers and eventually they managed to gain access to the abandoned home. And what they found inside was truly shocking.
Filming inside the chilling interior, Grim said, “I’m in this most terrifying house and it’s a black pit.” The footage he captured certainly backed up his claim. The house appeared to be rotting from within. Debris littered the floors and some animal remains were even among the mess.
“She’s not happy,” Grim said about the pups’ mother. And, it wasn’t hard to see why. Living among such devastation must have been awful for the animal. Grim was desperate to get her and her brood out of there.
However, before he could do that, he’d have to win the skittish canine’s trust. So, he spoke to her in soothing tones before throwing her some much needed food. Eventually, his efforts paid off and the dog stopped barking at him.
Having pacified the animal, Grim was able to slip a collar over her head. With the mom successfully captured the rescuers then turned their attention to locating all of her pups. However, that turned out to be more challenging than they first thought.
They found two of the pooches hiding together among a pile of debris. Then, after hearing noises from behind a door, they discovered another one. A thorough search of the property followed, during which the rescuers found a further four puppies – making seven in total.
Out in the light of day, it was clear that the puppies and their mom were in a bad way. All of them had patches of fur missing while the adult dog looked exceedingly hungry. As a result, Grim wasted no time transporting the family back to the shelter.
Once there, veterinary staff gave each of the dogs a thorough examination. They found one of the rescued puppies to be extremely sick. Happily, though, the center expected each of them to make a full recovery in time.
Grim decided to name the momma dog “Solar.” And he struck up a deep bond with the animal. “She’s like my best friend in the world,” he admitted in the rescue video. “There’s daddy’s girl,” he added, cooing to his four-legged friend.
Following their rescue, Stray Rescue of St. Louis placed Solar and her pups with foster families. And it was with them that they each began to flourish. However, none of their transformations was more dramatic than Solar’s.
“She’s the sweetest and is enjoying learning how to just be a dog,” read an update on the Stray Rescue of St. Louis Facebook page in August 2017. “She’s growing her hair back too, and looking so beautiful!” Hopefully, it won’t be long before all the dogs find their forever families where their transformation can continue.