Mother dogs and puppies photos

Enjoy a collection of adorable photos of mother dogs and their puppies for Mother's Day.
By Best Friends staff

Need a cure for the Monday blues? Our photo feature is here to help provide a brief diversion from your workday routine with a small dose of squee, wow and awwww. Enjoy!

With so many Mother’s Day images in the Best Friends photo library, we just had to share some more images of mothers’ love. Since this time of year brings plenty of animal moms and babies to the Sanctuary, there were plenty to choose from and it’s hard to get much cuter than mama dogs and their puppies. And best of all, the dog mothers are available for adoption — just as soon as they're spayed and their pups come of age.

I swear: I can fit your whole head in my mouth.

Two puppies playing with their mother in the background


I only have eyes for you.

Mother dog and her pups
Myth is a wonderful Mom and she is going to stay with her babies until they are weaned. Once she is spayed and recovers, she'll be ready for some babying of her own. Please watch our adoptions website to see when she becomes available.


Can you keep a secret?

Two cute puppies sniffing each other


Calgon, take me away!
Pit bull mother dog
Momma Penelope is still raising her babies, but she'll be ready for a home of her own shortly after they are weaned and she is spayed. Please watch our adoptions website to see when she becomes available.



Litter of adorable puppies in a dog bed


Sleep? Yes, I have a vague recollection of what that was like.

Mother dog who has recently given birth to a litter of puppies
Momma Penelope


They do outgrow this stage, right?

Mom dog and her pups
Momma Penelope


Let me tell you a little about motherhood …

Mama dog
After months of nurturing her litter of pups, it’s Panama’s time to be pampered, and life in a loving home would provide just what she needs. Interested in caring for her, just like she did her babies? Please contact


What do you mean we ran out of cookies? Nooooo!

Fluffy white and tan pup


Mom always slept with one eye open, so I do too.

Puppy sleeping under a table


If you just gave me a Kong, I wouldn’t have to chew your shoe.

Puppy chewing


Blech — but I don’t wanna eat my vegetables.

Two puppies. The one in the foreground is yawning.


Please, no paparazzi.

Puppy rolling over and showing her belly


Open your home to motherly animals

Photos by Wendy Gallant