Dogs can be just as protective of their young as humans. One mama pit bull named rainbow lived a hard life on the streets.

For months the people of the California town where she wandered tried to help her and rescue the dear girl. Rainbow always ran away. Everything changed though when Rainbow had babies of her own to care for, love and protect.

Just forty-eight hours after giving birth to eight puppies, Rainbow and her brood faced a torrential rainstorm; and the mama pit bull struggled to keep her little ones warm. She and her young family wouldn’t fight for long.

Rescuers from Hope For Paws drove three and a half hours to attempt to save rainbow and her babies.

Darkness fell. Rescuers worked by flashlight, searching in a thick thatch of bushes for the resillient mama and her puppies.

“This is a crazy, crazy situation,” Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, said in a video about the rescue.

With persistence and patience, Hope For Paws located Rainbow and her family. From deep in the bushes, Rainbow worked to keep her babies safe and warm. Hagar made space in the bushes so he could reach the mama and her puppies; first, the rescuer needed to gain Rainbow’s trust.

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