Woman rescues abandoned puppies freezing near lake. Feared the worst—until Christmas morning came

December 30, 2017 4:29 pm Last Updated: December 30, 2017 4:29 pm

Dogs are the best! They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they just want to be loved. So, why anybody would want to leave one out in the cold is beyond me, yet it keeps happening. Yet this particular story is even worse! Not only was one dog left out in the cold, FIVE were and they weren’t fully grown dogs either, they were all puppies! Luckily this story has a happy ending.

The day was December 23. Tessa Lee was finishing up her shift at the Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation (WHARF) in Alberta, Canada when she received a call from a woman in Glenevis. She said that she had spotted underweight puppies freezing outside near Alberta Beach.

Lee drove over and discovered several dead puppies and five still-living pups in dire straits.

“We didn’t know if they would pull through,” she told CBC.

(WHARF/Facebook Screenshot)

She was able to safely return them to the city. However, the puppies’ struggles didn’t stop there. All five of them were too weak to enjoy solid food and instead needed to be bottle fed every few hours. Things were pretty rough for the pups but four out of five of them recovered pretty quickly, once they were treated by an on-call veterinarian.

The fifth puppy wasn’t so lucky.

The little dog, which Lee had named Ruby, wasn’t able to lift any part of her body on the 23rd or 24th. Yet, on Christmas Day, Lee witnessed a miracle!

Ruby was on her feet, hobbling over to from her water dish to Lee to get some food. It wasn’t much, but the tiny pup proved that she had the ability and desire to start moving again.

“It’s a Christmas miracle!” Lee exclaimed. “She wants to live, and that’s a big thing.”

Lee’s Facebook video started garnering hundreds of reactions. Lee hopes that these social media posts will help the puppies get adopted, once they’ve fully recovered.

Wharf picked up 5 puppies freezing to death and completely emaciated last night all seem to be doing well except this little girl.She is holding on and beginning to perk up.We will be palliative caring her through Christmas.Keep her in your thoughts and we will up date everyone on her after the holidays.

Posted by WHARF on Sunday, December 24, 2017

Normally, rescued animals spend about two months at WHARF before leaving for a new home.

“It’s amazing how resilient they are,” Lee stated.

The five frozen puppies are just a few of the roughly 400 animals WHARF takes in every year. Despite that big number, Lee knows that there are thousands of animals out there just as deserving of care as the ones that they take in. Yet WHARF can only handle so many at a time.

“It’s never-ending,” she said. “It seems like we’re not even making a dent.”

It’s actually not too surprising that the five puppies were found so close to Christmas, as that’s always been WHARF’s busiest time of year.

“It seems like every Christmas Eve, there’s an emergency,” Lee explained just before the holiday. “My family’s already prepared to have an emergency animal at Christmas dinner with us.”

That Christmas dinner marked Ruby’s first full meal since her rescue, which is certainly a reason for celebration. After having a fantastic Christmas celebration, I wish Lee, her family, and those cute little dogs the best of luck in 2018!

Ruby boops the camera (WHARF/Facebook Screenshot)

[via CBC]