Rescued dog births over a dozen puppies, donations sought

Published: Feb. 28, 2016 at 8:53 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM CDT
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Ashanti and her newborn pups (Source: Lumberjack Animal Rescue)
Ashanti and her newborn pups (Source: Lumberjack Animal Rescue)

SPRINGHILL, LA (KSLA) - An ArkLaTex dog rescue is needing some help after taking in a mother dog and her large litter of newborn puppies.

Lumberjack Rescue in Springhill, Louisiana now has 11 more mouths to feed after rescuing "Ashanti," named after a fertility goddess, and her litter of puppies. Ashanti birthed 14 pups at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter in Lufkin, Tx. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. With the help of Friends At Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter, Ashanti and her pups now have a new place to call home for a while.

When the Lumberjack Rescue sought help from other shelters, founder of the rescue Justin Thomas, said within 15 minutes, over 10 people from different rescues across the ArkLaTex were jumping in to help.

"If you have heard rescues can't work together, nothing could be further from the truth," Lumberjack Rescue posted to their Facebook page.

Several groups came to the rescue and on Friday, Lumberjack Rescue founder Justin Thomas was able to bring Ashanti and her brood to Springhill, La. from Lufkin, Tx.

Sadly, 2 of the puppies died before making it to Louisiana and 2 more passed away over the weekend.

Justin told KSLA News 12 that right now, Ashanti and her 10 puppies, 7 males and 3 females, seem to be doing okay. Volunteers with the Lumberjack Rescue have been checking in on Ashanti and her litter every few hours, making sure all of the puppies are getting fed enough.

Ashanti is a sweet pit bull who will also be looking for a home once her puppies are weaned.

In honor of the full litter and mom, Lumberjack Rescue is asking for donations of $15, or anything people are able to give.

Donations can be made via PayPal, lumberjackanimalrescue@gmail.com or mailed to the shelter at:
Lumberjack Animal Rescue
1122 Reynolds, St.
Springhill, LA 71075

Monetary donations will help the rescue pay veterinarian bills for all of the animals, which on average runs between $3,000 - $4,000 per month.

Lumberjack Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that was founded in 2011 by Justin Thomas.

For more information about the Lumberjack Rescue, how to adopt or foster, click here.

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