Little Mittens saves puppies from freezing and overpopulation

Little Mittens is always looking out for furry critters, big and small.

Most recently, the animal rescue group brought in around two dozen puppies and dogs, to save them from extreme cold weather in Manitoba.

The first handful of lovable furballs arrived a couple months ago. Foster homes brought the puppies in, and some of them will have forever homes.

In the most recent puppy haul, volunteer Angela Reimer travelled to Manitoba and back in her pickup truck, expecting to bring only a few litters of pups back.

But what she got before she left, was a heartwarming surprise. Just days before, animal rescue in Manitoba found a momma dog curled up on a pathway, completely covered with frost. Shivering and fearful, momma dog tried to lure rescuers away from a shed nearby, where she was keeping her new puppies safe and sheltered from the harsh winds. After a few moments, rescuers were able to get underneath the shed, and found 10 healthy little puppies. They loaded them up in the truck, while momma cried the entire time. She went back under the shed, and rescuers worried, but she came right back out after doing a final sweep to make sure nobody was left behind.

Momma and her puppies piled into one crate, and two other litters were also loaded in the back of Reimer’s truck. She cared for them across the provinces, and dropped them off with Little Mittens once the trip was complete.

Some of the puppies are now on quarantine, just to ensure they are healthy and happy. In total, Little Mittens has rescued four litters of puppies, and a few extra stragglers, like Miss Candy the husky (because she’s so sweet) and Boots, the pug cross.

The rescue mission began when Alannah Knapp saw other rescues reaching out about the overpopulation in rural Manitoba areas.

“They just don’t have enough access to vets and shelters. Other shelters out there are full,” she said. “There are hundreds upon hundreds of dogs out there.”

The biggest challenge for bringing the dogs to Golden is the funding it takes to vaccinate, spay and neuter, and feed them. Little Mittens has received an outpouring of support from people who are able to foster the dogs, and each dog has received numerous adoption applications.

“They have a huge pet overpopulation, and in Golden we don’t. We adopt them out like hot cakes,” Knapp said. “Homing them is not the problem.”

Last week, 21 puppies left Manitoba for their trip to Golden. Later that day, the rescue Little Mittens was working with had another 20 puppies arrive. Without the help of caring rescuers like Little Mittens, the puppies would not likely survive the harsh conditions.

“Basically, they would freeze to death. They told me the ones we don’t take, there’s a good change they will freeze to death by the end of next week,” Knapp said, adding that it was -50 C with the wind chill in some areas last week.

For those who want to help, Little Mittens accepts donations on their website,, on Facebook, by Interact E-Transfer at, or at Pet Valu.

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