A mother cat in a Canadian animal shelter is offering some shelter of her own: she’s nursing three puppies along with her four kittens. A representative said that while of course it’s grateful for its volunteers and support from local businesses, it’s also important to acknowledge “help from amazing animals that remind us why we do what we do.”
“Last Tuesday I received a phone call from a resident in a nearby community that informed me that four newborn puppies (only a few days old) were left in a box by a gas station,” says Oswald Sawh, Chair of the Thompson Humane Society in Manitoba, Canada. “Sadly, it was believed that the mother of the pups was killed.”
The four puppies were left out in the hot sun, with mosquitoes and other insects covering them. The pups were brought into the Thompson Humane Society, where staff and volunteers attempted to bottle-feed them.
The bottle-feeding didn’t go very well, and the decision was made to try placing the puppies with a nursing mother cat.
“There was the obvious fear that the mother cat may turn on these defenseless pups,” said Mr. Sawh. “The alternative was also risky…to try and feed the pups from a bottle. Prior attempts in cases like this has had mixed results and is highly risky.”
Without other viable options, the pups were given to the mother cat who quickly accepted the pups as her own.
“Momma,” as she is now known, is given the opportunity to walk around in between feedings but quickly returns to her kennel to ensure that all of her litter is okay.
“She grooms the three pups like they were her own,” said Mr. Sawh. She is truly an extraordinary cat. The compassion and motherly instinct she demonstrates not only shows us the true wonder of nature but serves as a lesson to all of us.”
Noting that THS is grateful for its volunteers and the local business that help support its mission, Mr. Sawh also said that ”
The kittens and the pups will be put up for adoption once they reached the age of 6-8 weeks. Mr. Sawh said he hopes to thank Momma “by making sure we find her a loving home.”
(Photo Credit: Thompson Humane Society)
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