This video shows the heartwarming moment a mother dog is reunited with her puppies after being separated from them just after giving birth.
The Marin Humane Society in California, USA, say that someone recently surrendered the mother and another dog to them. They realised soon afterward that the female had just given birth.
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"After some detective work and a lot of convincing, our team was able to get the person who surrendered the dogs to also surrender the puppies, as they still needed their momma and were not in a safe situation," said a spokesperson.
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Abandoned dogs are causing increasing concern around the world. In the UK alone, more than 470,000 people abandoned their dogs last year, according to the Dogs Trust.
Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust comments: "To learn that over 47,000 unclaimed and unwanted dogs are left in council kennels should shock us as a nation of dog lovers. Abandoning a dog is simply unacceptable and sadly, Dogs Trust's famous slogan "A Dog is For Life" is as significant as ever – if you are not ready to care for a dog for its entire life, do not commit to becoming a dog owner."
You can donate to the organisation here.