Shirley Zindler is a seasoned animal control officer for Sonoma County Animal Services in California, and author of the book Secret Life of Dog Catchers,which chronicles her experiences in pet rescue while helping to raise funds for animals in need.
In 2015, Shirley discovered a pregnant chihuahua in the most unlikely of places.
After hearing strange noises and spotting a dog inside an oak tree, a concerned resident called Animal Services. Shirley responded to the call, but saw no sign of a chihuahua.
After more investigating, Shirley laid flat on her stomach and positioned her flashlight to shine deep inside the hollow trunk of the tree.
That’s when she saw “a pair of terrified eyes staring back.”
Though this pregnant pup’s story begins as a heartbreaking one, you’ll want to keep reading to see how much her life has changed…