25 adorable puppies born at Birmingham Dogs Home before second lockdown

Birmingham Dogs Home has welcomed two new litters of puppies into their shelters – including one litter of 16 pups.

The new arrivals were a huge surprise to the rescue centre teams who have been re-homing dogs by appointment only since March 23 due to the Coronavirus.

The first to have her litter was Coco Belle who gave birth to 16 adorable Staffordshire Cross puppies four weeks ago.

Coco Belle, mum of 16 pups.

It was followed shortly after by Darla, who is also a Staffordshire Cross, when she had her nine pups just three weeks ago.

Both mums arrived at the dogs home in August and are safely nursing their pups in the dogs home while they wait for the perfect forever home.

As the demand for furry-friends continues to increase as the country begins its second national lockdown the team at Birmingham Dogs Home are doing their best to make sure these pets are going to safe, permanent homes.

Darla, mother of nine pups

Centre Manager, Karen Doy said “These puppies were a lovely surprise. With demand for dogs increasing during the pandemic our team have found it extremely hard to ensure our dogs were going to the right homes where we knew they were getting a life-long committed family who will love them like we do.

“Our procedures had to change in line with government guidelines to help keep everyone safe and we also introduced a questionnaire to ensure we could match the right dogs to fit people’s lifestyles.”

“We are so lucky to work with such beautiful dogs and having two litters born here has helped even more to keep our team smiling and realising that homeless dogs have somewhere to go to find help and a safe environment to bring up their young.’”

Birmingham Dogs Home continues to care for over 150 dogs at their centres in Solihull and Wolverhampton with no government funding.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant it’s taking longer to re-home dogs as people looking to welcome a new pet can only visit the centre by appointment only and fundraising events have been cancelled.

For more information on re-homing a dog visit the Birmingham Dogs Home website.

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