Stray Rescue of St. Louis stumbled upon a dog with an injured foot. Of course they planned on rescuing, but what they didn’t know was that they were about to rescue far more.

Soon after rescuing the dog, they noticed that she had milk. That’s when they knew this dog was a new mama and had puppies somewhere nearby. Rescuers knew they had to search for them and act quickly.

They went right to the underbrush where the mama dog was living to see if her pups were there. Rescues pushed branches aside and crawled to bushes until they finally discovered a little den.

Inside the den, a hole in the ground that was like a ‘safe haven,’ was not just a few puppies, but THIRTEEN! Their mama did such a great job hiding them to keep them safe and warm.