There are few things in this world more powerful than a mother’s love, and we don’t just mean human moms either. Mothers of all species demonstrate that they will do anything to protect their children, even at great cost to themselves. The mommy in this clip is the perfect example of that.

This video was taken by an animal shelter in Israel. Apparently, mama dog and her babies were hiding out under the floor of a military base when severe weather caused their home to flood. Tragically, all twelve puppies were trapped! Within minutes, the mother dog sprung into action, attracting the attention of the soldiers nearby. Here we see her brazenly dash in and out of the watery death trap, risking it all to rescue her babies.

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Thanks to mom’s quick thinking she managed to rescue seven of the puppies. Sadly, the other five didn’t make it.

Unfortunately, situations like these are very common for stray pups. Luckily, you can help ease the plight of homeless animals by always choosing to adopt a pet rather than shopping for one. If you’re not looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, you can help by making a donation to your local shelter or volunteering to help them carry out life-saving work.