Donna Lochmann knew she had to go investigate the situation as soon as she received a call about a scared puppy in the basement of an abandoned home. She was ignorant of the fact that a small family was there and was in need of assistance.
According to Lochmann, chief lifesaving officer of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, “we could hear numerous babies wailing as soon as we stepped out of the car.”
After following the screams to the basement, Lochmann discovered three fearful pups, each around six weeks old, yelping for attention.
At the same time, Lochmann could hear their mom barking from another part of the house. After scooping up the puppies and bringing them to her Jeep, Lochmann set up a trap for their mom. Instead of investigating the trap, though, the scared mama dog ran off.
“We never want to leave mom behind,” Lochmann said. “So I went back a few more times hoping that she would still be in that area.”
On her first two trips back to the house, Lochmann had no luck finding the wandering mama dog. Then, on her third visit, she heard a familiar bark coming from the first floor of the house.
As Lochmann made her way up the stairs from the basement to the first floor, she heard a tiny yelp and looked down to find a fourth tiny puppy at her feet.
Lochmann remarked, “I couldn’t believe it. “The day we were there, we looked everywhere for the original puppies, but we saw none wherever.”
Up until she reached the landing at the top of the stairs, Lochmann wasn’t sure how the pups were getting into the basement. She discovered a sizable hole in the floorboards there where the pups appeared to be descending.
Four additional puppies were waiting for Lochmann on the first floor.
“Altogether there were a total of eight puppies including the three we found the first day,” Lochmann said.
Lochmann brought all the puppies to her Jeep and made sure they were safe before going back in to search for their mom. This time, she set a trap inside the house and waited for Mom to check it out.
A little while later, Lochmann went back in to check on the mama dog and found her secured in the trap.
“That day, we got eight puppies total and their mama off the streets,” Lochmann said.
Lochmann brought the mama dog, whom she named Windy Day, and her pups to the shelter for care.
Following Lochmann’s placement of the first three puppies into foster care, the other five puppies quickly found foster homes. Windy Day, their mother, is still looking for a family to take her in and love her.
Lochmann remarked, “I’m hopeful someone will take her soon. She is so sweet.
Windy Day was advertised on the website of Stray Rescue of St. Louis in an effort to place her in a devoted family. The loving mother dog is currently spending as much time as possible with the shelter workers, who are happy that she’ll never have to experience loneliness or fear again.