Shelter Me Inc, a nonprofit animal rescue group, gets about one call a week from pitbull owners in the Brockton area--seeking to participate in a low-cost spay neuter program we are sponsoring in partnership with Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston’s Spay Waggin.’
To help promote the program, Shelter Me Inc has been requesting pictures of pitbulls and the owners have sent in a wide variety of wonderful photographs. The most unusual to date features a pitbull named Milie, surrounded by a group of baby rabbits whom the dog adopted! The owner, Lisa Antonius kindly shared this story about her beloved pitbull and the baby rabbits her dog wanted to 'mother'—
Our pit bull named Milie (which means beautiful and calm in Hawaiian) adopted a group of wild baby bunnies. We took Millie to get neutered but she was not able to receive the surgery because she was producing milk; unbeknownst to us. We had observed her for days watching over a bunny nest and eventually we saw her becoming distressed and depressed when she was called away from them. So we brought them in and Milie would lay with them daily as milk poured from her body. She licked them and cleaned them every day until we found a bunny farmer to take the little bunny family .After the baby bunnies left she carried a squeak toy with her everywhere she went no matter if it rained or shined she kept it with her at all times. I think the bunnies were squeeking in distress when they were left in their nest and Milie mothered them the best she knew how. She may even be the reason they are alive today!
What an incredibly sweet dog and what an unexpected story about a pitbull. Special thanks to Lisa Antonius for sharing photographs with us of her pitbull with the baby rabbits, which appear above and in the slidehow
As for the low-cost spay and neuter program in the greater Brockton area, pitbull owners can get their dogs fixed for only $50. All a pitbull owner in the Brockton area needs to do is call Shelter Me Inc at 617-549-8523 to register.