It all started with Gracie... She arrived from Mississippi, very pregnant... Her past, nobody knows... but her future and of those 6 gorgeous puppies she delivered, forever changed because she was rescued. Shelters often operate at capacity, and a pregnant dog represents a bigger challenge (and expense). A pregnant dog will soon take the place and resources of 6 dogs... A pregnant dog might require a C-section... She might have her pregnancy interrupted in an effort to reduce shelter population... Shelters are a stressful place for most dogs... All the noise of other dogs constantly barking... Space constraints ... staff shortages .... etc. Often mothers accidentally crush their puppies shortly after they are born. In the best case scenarios, the puppies survive, get adopted but the mother , with her post baby body, is left behind. YOU can help a mother dog out of the shelter, into a foster home, with resources, food and people to help her during this delicate and unique time. You can help free up much needed space and resources at a shelter. You will have saved not one, but many lives at once. Your donation will provide transportation, veterinary care, food and supplies. Help a mother dog, help her puppies. All Paws on Deck is a 501 c 3 Non-Profit organization registered in CT.