But this was not the way Kate's world would end.
The rescue group, based in Norco, California, heard about Kate's arrival that same evening. Volunteers with 2nd Chances arrived at the Carson shelter the next morning, an hour before it opened.
But the night before, Kate had given birth to 10 puppies.
The rescue whisked the entire family away to a foster family.
"We got there as early as we could and got them out," Williams says. "We didn't want them to spend any more time then they had to there."
Their mother, at least 20 pounds underweight, still needs all the nourishment she can get.
"It's a struggle to make sure she has enough milk and that she's healthy also," Williams says.
And her puppies?
"They were born in a shelter environment," Williams explains. "Their immune systems are very fragile."
2nd Chances Rescue