A 2-year-old pit bull called Mama Pickles was abandoned by her previous owners and wound up at [Pits & Giggles Rescue](https://www.pitsandgigglesrescue.org/) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Volunteers at the rescue, including photographer [Lauren Casteen Sykes](https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009237554927), loved Mama Pickles’ playful disposition and thought that she had the perfect personality to participate in a maternity photo shoot. So Casteen Sykes captured some stunning pictures of the proud mother and her eight puppies.
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot
Casteen Sykes told [Insider](https://www.insider.com/before-and-after-photos-pregnant-pit-bull-puppies-2019-9#volunteers-at-the-rescue-including-photographer-lauren-casteen-sykes-immediately-recognized-mama-pickles-sunny-disposition-and-playful-air-they-decided-she-had-the-perfect-personality-to-participate-in-a-doggy-maternity-photo-shoot-2):
> It took a lot of hands and tons of treats to help her focus on channeling that inner goddess!
> She was amazing and you could really see her soaking up and loving the attention. She’s a typical pitty in the sense that she will do anything for pets and praise!
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot
The eight puppies Mama Pickles gave birth to are all females.
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot
Casteen Sykes added:
> These dogs are just so incredibly special. They’ve gone through such a difficult journey. Having an opportunity to share that with people and help them find their homes is the most amazing feeling.
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot
> This rescue pours so much in to each of these families. And makes absolutely certain everyone is spayed or neutered.
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot
Pits & Giggles Rescue is a maternity rescue shelter that specializes in assisting pregnant dogs without a home through their delivery and first few months as mothers. As its name suggests, the organization primarily works with pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Casteen Sykes said:
> I can’t say enough about this awesome organization. I’m so excited to continue capturing these incredible mama dogs and sharing them so they find their way home!
Shelter Gives Formerly Abandoned Pit Bull Her Own Maternity Photo Shoot