Attention pet lovers: A pregnant beagle taken in by an Encinitas animal shelter gave birth to a litter of puppies, which will soon be available for adoption.
The beagle gave birth to three puppies on Friday night, and the puppies will be available for adoption in about eight weeks, said John Van Zante, spokesman for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
The mama beagle was among 35 taken in by Rancho Coastal Humane Society in February.
The owner of the beagles contacted shelter workers because she was overwhelmed by the sheer number of pets; she had more than 40 beagles and pugs.
Some of the beagles are still at the shelter while others are in foster care, Van Zante said. Another mama beagle gave birth about three weeks ago to a litter, and those puppies will need a home in about five weeks.
To donate to the puppies' cause, you can call the shelter at 760-753-6413 or donate online here.
You can learn more about the adoption process here.