Foster Dog Enjoys Maternity Shoot Just Before She Gives Birth To Her Puppies

A pregnant re.scue dog was treated to a beautiful maternity photoshoot in order to help her puppies find forever homes.

Caitie Evers is fostering Lily Mae, a Golden Retriever, and came up with the idea to pique the interest of potential adopters in Lily Mae’s upcoming litter.

“I started fostering in college when people would contact me about finding dogs,” Caitie tells “When I moved to Houston, I reached out to local rescues to foster, and I’ve been doing so for the past 7 years!”

Caitie was inspired to foster Lily Mae because she wanted to help a friend. Caitie’s friend Ryan Fant found Lily Mae wandering in a park in Little Rock, Arkansas, about a month ago and rescued her. For a month, he tried to find her family, but the dog had no identification, so the search was futile. He decided to adopt Lily Mae into his family, and when he found out she was pregnant, he contacted Caitie.

Caitie is a seasoned foster parent, having cared for 15 mother dogs and their puppies. “I usually foster pregnant mothers or other medical dogs,” she explains. “I absolutely love being their ‘Doggie Doula’ and assisting [them] through the entire process.”

Caitie contacted her friend and photographer Shauna Kiely because Lily was about to give birth.

Shauna has been involved in animal rescue for some time, having been affected by “the estimated hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the Houston area alone.”

“I have helped these animals in a variety of ways, including donating my time and photography skills,” she writes on “Through my photography, I hope to demonstrate that these dogs and cats in need are beautiful creatures who are deserving of a forever home.”

Lily Mae proved to be an easy subject, reveling in the cuddles and hugs she received during the half-hour photoshoot.

Lily Mae gave birth two days later and is enjoying motherhood. “Their mom loves them so much, but she’s fine with me helping her and loving on them,” Caitie says.

Caitie asked her Instagram followers for suggestions for names for the eight puppies, and they suggested Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because there are seven boys and one girl. “The chances are insane,” she laughs.

Caitie reports that the puppies are “doing great” a week later. “They’re chunky and healthy, and they’re so cuddly,” she says.

“They will crawl to me and snuggle on my lap already, which is so cute for this age,” she adds.

And the photoshoot was a smashing success. Lily Mae and her photos have gone viral and sparked a lot of interest. Adoption applications for her puppies are now being accepted for Houston area residents through Chip N Snip (search for “Lily Mae’s puppies”).

The entire experience has been extremely satisfying for Kiely. “I never expected any of my photography to go viral,” she says, “but I’m hoping that one day it will so that it can help – not just one animal in need – but bring awareness to the millions of animals who deserve a chance.”


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