In December of 2015, a Canadian animal rescue, K9 Crusaders, took in a dog named Noelle. Abandoned and battered, Noelle was coming from a high kill shelter where she had been surrendered by someone who claimed to have found her as a stray — but it was clear her story was much darker than that.
Noelle had just recently given birth, and her babies had been ripped away from her. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken, and her body was nothing but skin and bones. “She had obviously been feeding her babies, but nobody had been feeding her,” K9 Crusaders wrote on Facebook. Now that Noelle was finally in safe hands, the big question still remained: Where on earth were Noelle’s puppies? Were they safe? Were they even alive?
Thus, “Operation Christmas Wish” commenced. K9 Crusaders banded together with other local animal heroes to track down Noelle’s puppies. Reuniting the family would be no easy task, but they were determined to seek justice for Noelle and bring back her beloved puppies.
What happened along the way is nothing short of incredible… and you seriously don’t want to miss this.
“On December 7th, Noelle’s profile came to us from a QC gas pound where she had been surrendered by someone who claimed to have found her as a stray. She was fully engorged and still producing milk and it was obvious this poor Mama had clearly been ripped away from her babies in a big hurry. She was so distraught, her haunting eyes and sad plight left very few unbroken hearts among those of us who read her story.
She arrived to us the following day and she was skin on bones…weighing in at just over 30lbs, at least 15-20 lbs shy of a healthy weight, and every single rib was easily visible. She had obviously been feeding her babies, but nobody had been feeding her.”
“Noelle’s sweet and gentle disposition immediately won over everyone she met, from the shelter staff to the transport drivers, to the medical staff, our own volunteers and of course her foster family. We all felt her pain, every single time we looked into her eyes and there was no question that she was missing her babies.
Of course many of you expressed concern for the puppies, wondering if they had been discarded, and whether they were safe.”
“Well the amazing folks who work in rescue were all quietly on the same page, and thankfully, on December 12th, Noelle’s story took a very dramatic turn when a highly suspicious ad was spotted on a buy and sell page, which included a photo of Noelle and her puppies. The poster claimed that Noelle had passed away since giving birth, and that they were now trying to find homes for her puppies, but of course the truth was far more sinister, as the profile of the person selling these pups was the very same person who had left Noelle at the shelter to die.
Our phenomenal rescue coordination team in QC sprung into action, contacting us immediately to confirm that the photo posted was in fact our Noelle….and without a doubt, it was.”
“Together, we worked through the night to save them all, by negotiating a mass purchase of the remaining 8 of her 9 puppies that had not yet sold. They were estimated to be barely 5-6 weeks old, far too young to be separated so suddenly from their mother. The owner’s of course, had no idea who we were, they just saw dollar signs and agreed to let us buy them up all at once with no questions asked.”
“Following the advice of the authorities we successfully completed the purchase, and thanks to one very special volunteer, Noelle and her puppies were reunited only hours later.
It was a moment NONE of us will forget.”
Annabelle, Mia, Oliver, Leia, Jake, Caro, Joey and Holly are believed to be Shar Pei/American Bully mixes, and they look just like their beautiful mama!
The pups have all been weaned and are doing well. Some of Noelle’s puppies were even reunited again for vaccination day.
God bless the incredible men and women who went above and beyond to rescue and reunite this remarkable family. Please SHARE Noelle’s journey with your friends on Facebook!