Foster Story: Pregnant Mama Dog

I just wanted to share my story on fostering. I’m Jessica Silva and I’m a Dog Care Associate at Valley Animal Center.

I’ve fostered here and there for short periods of times. All, but two of my fosters, have been healthy and have found their forever homes, or they come back to the shelter ready for adoption within days.

But, there was this pregnant mama I fostered who came in really weak. She had been attacked by a dog and had a broken rib.

She was in pain and I made sure she was set up comfortably for the time being.

On December 2nd, she finally delivered her babies. It was one of my most awesome, yet scary, experiences because I was home with no staff or doctors around to make sure it went well.

But she did great! It made me happy to be able to comfort her during her delivery and make her feel safe.


The puppies are starting to walk around and can be little feisty, but it is all worth it!

Fostering is so helpful to these babies in need, and I appreciate all who do foster.

I’ve had this mama for a little over a month now and she is one of the sweetest mamas ever. She is happy and outgoing and just such a sweet girl.



JESSICA SILVA has been with Valley Animal Center for two years. She absolutely loves what she does here. As a Dog Care Associate, her position involves taking care of dogs and helping them with their medications, vaccines and socialization. This is all so the dogs are on track to finding their forever homes. Jessica has been in the animal field for about four and a half years now. She was previously with Central California SPCA and did a seasonal job at Elaine’s Pet Resort. On her personal time, Jessica has done transports, which means she takes dogs from high-kill shelters to foster homes, helping dogs get a fresh start and a second chance at life. She also loves to do personal rescues, helping get strays off the streets in hopes of finding their owners, or she gets the strays into rescues to find new forever homes. Luckily for Jessica, majority of the time the dogs she rescues have microchips, or the owners have been looking on the lost and found sites. Reuniting dogs with their owners always makes Jessica happy. “That’s why it’s so important to microchip your dogs,” Jessica said, “or have identification tags so we can get these babies safe at home!”