Sasha came to the clinic as a rescue dog from the local pound that had been turned in because the owners thought she had a tumor. The tumor turned out to be a pregnancy and Sasha gave birth to one live puppy and one dead one.
Meanwhile, an abandoned baby raccoon was found under a local carport. Bottle feeding was tried at first, but they couldn’t keep up with the baby’s needs. It was then that they decided to see what Sasha would do with the baby raccoon.
Veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Hogan, said that they were amazed at how quickly Sasha took to the little raccoon and said it was if she decided it was a substitute for the puppy that she had lost. The mother dog nurses him, cleans him, grooms him and cares completely for all his needs.
The clinic personnel say that Sasha is very protective of her raccoon baby. She whines if they have to take it for any reason. Clinic personnel say the whole experience has been very amazing for them, and that it was a heartwarming experience to see the two together.
After the raccoon gets old enough, it will be given to a wildlife rescue group and eventually released into the wild.
As for Sasha and her puppy, they will then go up for adoption and hopefully will find good homes.
If you are interested in seeing Sasha and her baby raccoon there is a live webcam at http://www.thepetdoctorinc.com.