12 SWFL rescue pups replace bouquets in wedding

Posted at 12:57 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 13:32:35-05

Twelve Lee County rescue puppies -- and their momma -- walked down the aisle for a wedding, to raise awareness for dog rescue organizations, and the importance of saving these animals.

It's the latest trend in weddings.

"The bridesmaids are actually carrying puppies instead of bouquets. But rescue puppies. Not just any puppies. Rescue puppies," Tammy Henry said.

Henry is fostering the five-week-old puppies and their mom Pearl.

Pearl was rescued by Pure Hearts Rescue from a shelter in Louisiana when she was pregnant with the litter.

"Right after the floods, she was on the euthanasia list. They were packed full," Henry said. "Her ears were cut off with something dull. One is shorter than the other, they're all chopped up. She still has the ring around her neck from the chain she wore all the time."

Henry, who's been involved in animal rescue for years, agreed to foster Pearl, and eventually her 12 puppies.

The pups went down the aisle in the bridesmaids' arms, and participated in all the photos. Henry said the experience doesn't just make for cute pictures, but also raises awareness for dog rescues, why they're needed, and how you can help.

"Hopefully with the pictures and the people from the wedding, we'll get pearl and her babies adopted," Henry said.

The puppies will be available around Christmas time. If you'd like to adopt one, Pure Hearts Rescue is taking applications and they will be fully vetted prior to adoption. Click here for more information.