A stray dog was found in Ontario, Canada, snuggled around five tiny, orphaned kittens. She was keeping them warm in the snow, acting as their mama.
Temperatures were freezing, and the good girl’s actions likely saved their lives. A passing driver spotted the dog on the side of the road and stopped.
While the driver initially stopped for the dog alone, they soon discovered her selfless act of protecting the small puddle of kittens. The Good Samaritan took them to the Pet and Wildlife Rescue to get checked out.
“It’s truly heartwarming!” a spokesperson for the shelter told The Dodo. “It had been a very cold night so these kittens would have had a very hard time surviving.”
Pet and Wildlife Rescue is a charity organization in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, and they operate two shelters: one in Chatham and the other in Wallaceburg. Their mission is to care for abandoned, stray, and surrendered animals as well as educate the public about pet safety.
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The kittens were infested with fleas and worms and are undergoing treatment, but they are otherwise healthy, and most importantly, safe. Their rescue dog visits with them often.
It’s unclear whether the original owners of any of the animals dumped them on purpose, lost them, or if they’ve always been on their own.
Whether or not the six animals were discarded on the roadside together or if the stray dog happened upon them and decided to protect them, the story of this resilient group is truly inspiring.
At the rescue, strays that are found are considered “on hold” for three days, which means that no one can adopt them during that time so their original owners have a chance to claim them. If they aren’t claimed by the end of three days, then the strays are vetted and put up for adoption, according to Myriam Armstrong, who commented on the organization’s original post on Facebook.
As of this writing, there hasn’t been an update on whether or not the dog or the kittens are available for adoption, though many commenters on the site’s Facebook page have been calling for the little family to stay together.
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