Ava, a pregnant Chow mix, was slated for euthanasia at a shelter to make more space for incoming dogs; and to make matters worse, she was pregnant.

Luckily, a kind-hearted woman named Ashlee Holland came across Ava and knew she was her only hope of surviving, so she decided to adopt her. Holland was also a mother, so she felt a connection with Ava.

Holland brought Ava to the vet for a health check and an x-ray, but it didn’t reveal exactly how many puppies Ava would have. Less than two weeks later, Ava went into labor during one evening.

She had her first puppy a few hours later. She had another four puppies within the next hour, and took a break, and then had another two an hour after that. Her contractions had stopped, so her human changed her bedding and got her cleaned up while she cared for her seven pups.

But little did her human know, she wasn’t done having puppies. During the night, she went on to have eight more puppies! As the hours went by, Ava wound up giving birth to three more puppies, which brought her litter to a whopping 18 puppies!

Holland saved not only Ava’s life, but the lives of 18 little pups as well!

All of the puppies were healthy and grew very quickly. Ava made a great doggy mom to all 18 of her pups. All of the puppies have since been adopted to loving forever homes.