DOG HELPS RESCUE KITTENS SEALED IN CONTAINER - A dog found the container and when the homeowner opened it, he found two mama cats and ten kittens—a dozen cats in a sealed container left to die in the country.”

Why are there pictures of cats on the Dog Journal? Because on July 5th, a dog discovered a container under a tree in Wake Forest, North Carolina, that had been sealed with duct tape. When the dog’s owner opened the container, two cats and ten kittens were inside. Several of the kittens were rushed to the veterinarian’s office for treatment, but fortunately they all survived. An organization called Alley Cats and Angels has taken them in to prepare for adoption. Read more from Alley Cats and Angels:

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, an old plastic storage container with duct tape covering the cracks and top was left under a tree near a house outside of Wake Forest, NC. A dog found the container and when the homeowner opened it, he found two mama cats and ten kittens—a dozen cats in a sealed container left to die in the country. He immediately took them inside and put the cats in several dog crates and called a friend, a long-time Alley Cats and Angels supporter and volunteer, who took them home and contacted us. Once inside, the cats and kittens were so happy to be safe and have dishes filled with food, they immediately dived in and started eating. 

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Fortunately for these cats, it was not a typical 90+ degree July day and the container was found in time to save the cats. They may have had a horrible beginning in life, but we will do everything in our power to ensure they are safe, happy, and loved for the rest of their lives.

Let’s hope these cats and kittens are all adopted into great homes. Click here for the full story. (Photos from Alley Cats and Angels Facebook page)

DOG BECOMES COMPANION TO KITTEN WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION - “Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes.”
An Australian Cattle Dog named Max has befriended a rescued kitten named Ralphee, who has a condition called feline cerebellar hypoplasia (“CH”).  CH affects coordination and causes tremors, which causes Ralphee to have a “drunken sailor” walk. You can watch a video of Max and Ralphee on Wakaleo’s YouTube channel which explains:

Ralphee’s condition is a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth. These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.” Unless a CH cat has other health issues, their life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time. Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes. Ralphee is growing more mischievous by the day and loves to see what Max is doing as well. She will often get excited when he is nearby and leap in the air before playfully charging in his direction. Despite her condition, Ralphee is a happy cat who, like most kittens loves affection and causing all sorts of trouble wherever she goes.

Despite her condition, it looks like Ralphee and Max are having a great time together. Click here to watch a video of the two, and here for more about Wakaleo Animal Channel (Photo from their Facebook page).

DOG BECOMES COMPANION TO KITTEN WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION - Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes.”

An Australian Cattle Dog named Max has befriended a rescued kitten named Ralphee, who has a condition called feline cerebellar hypoplasia (“CH”).  CH affects coordination and causes tremors, which causes Ralphee to have a “drunken sailor” walk. You can watch a video of Max and Ralphee on Wakaleo’s YouTube channel which explains:

Ralphee’s condition is a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth. 

These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.” 

Unless a CH cat has other health issues, their life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time. 

Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes. Ralphee is growing more mischievous by the day and loves to see what Max is doing as well. She will often get excited when he is nearby and leap in the air before playfully charging in his direction. 

Despite her condition, Ralphee is a happy cat who, like most kittens loves affection and causing all sorts of trouble wherever she goes.

Despite her condition, it looks like Ralphee and Max are having a great time together. Click here to watch a video of the two, and here for more about Wakaleo Animal Channel (Photo from their Facebook page).

DOG FINDS STRAY KITTEN IN PARK AND ADOPTS IT - The kitten, too young for the Humane Society to take in for adoption, has found a new temporary home with Lily, who has been mothering and protecting the fragile feline like one of her own.”

An Akita named Lily was walking with her owner in a Florida park and discovered a small abandoned kitten. Lily has since adopted the kitten as her own and is taking care of it. They look like a wonderful pair. Read more about Lily and her new friend, and view more pictures at GoodMorningAmerica.com 

ABANDONED CHIHUAHUA HELPS ORPHANED KITTEN SURVIVE AFTER OWNERS MOVE AWAY - "[N]eighbors reported hearing what sounded like a relocated family’s abandoned dog tending to a new puppy…Instead of a new puppy, however, the mother dog was found nursing an abandoned kitten. “

A longhaired Chihuahua named Beignet was left behind by a family that moved out of their house in Barstow, California. Neighbors heard noises coming from the property and upon investigation, Beignet was found to be nursing a kitten named Gumbo. Despite freezing temperatures, the pair managed to survive together in the yard. They were rescued by the Barstow Humane Society and are now awaiting adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Read more from the center’s website:

Beignet and Gumbo’s inspirational story began when neighbors reported hearing what sounded like a relocated family’s abandoned dog tending to a new puppy in their former backyard.  With evening temperatures falling to 20 degrees, efforts were made to rescue the canine family.   Instead of a new puppy, however, the mother dog was found nursing an abandoned kitten.  The strength, nourishment and incredible comfort the two had provided to one other during their time alone was miraculous and their bond was beautiful.

The mother/son team is currently being cared for by the Helen Woodward Animal Center veterinary staff.  Beignet is currently 1-year and 7-months-old and Gumbo is 5-months-old.  Both pets will be altered, receive deworming, vaccinations and microchip-ing and will begin their official search for a forever home on Tuesday, March 4, following the Doggie Gras Celebration.

“This incredible little family really demonstrates the pure hearts of the orphan animals we meet each day,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager LaBeth Thompson.   “They love each other.  That’s all there is to it.  It’s not complicated.  They needed each other and they were there for each other.”

Beignet did her best to help Gumbo survive in desperate conditions, and it seems that her efforts have paid off. Let’s hope they both are adopted into great homes. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about the Helen Woodward Animal Center. 

DOG SAVES KITTEN FROM RAVINE AND NURSES HER - Anderson’s Animal Control found a dog and kitten duo, and they believe the dog saved the kitten from a ravine. Now, she’s treating the baby cat like her own pup…”

A dog in Anderson, South Carolina, is believed to have saved an abandoned kitten from a ravine. Animal control officers discovered the dog nursing the kitten. They have been taken in by Anderson County PAWS and authorities are searching for the owner of the dog. Read more from foxcarolina.com:

She said the neighbor had been hearing a dog’s bark since Saturday morning. To find the animal, Smith needed to follow the bark and climb down an embankment to reach her.

She wasn’t expecting to find the dog with another furry friend.

"I think it would’ve been OK for the dog to walk down the hill. I got down there, so it should be pretty easy for the dog, but I’m thinking it just couldn’t get back up with the kitten, and I don’t think it was willing to leave the kitten," Smith said.

PAWS animal rescue in Anderson is keeping the duo. They said the dog is at least 5 years old, in good health, freshly groomed and has a collar. The dog has been treating the weeks-old kitten as her own, cleaning, tending and nursing her. PAWS Director Jessica Cwynar said the dog is likely going through a pseudo-pregnancy to produce milk. She said it’s not enough to provide for the kitten, so they are also bottle feeding the cat.

Smith said in 17 years working with animals, she doesn’t usually see different types of animals become friends like this and has never seen a dog nurse a kitten.

Hopefully this dog and kitten are adopted together, if possible. Another example of dog heroism. Click here for the full story and here for more about Anderson County PAWS. (Additional info and pictures from WGCL Atlanta)

DOG HELPS RAISE NEWBORN KITTENS - Normally, we just have people hand feeding them and we give them a stuffed animal to snuggle with. That does not compare to the love and attention and affection that Zelda gives them.”

A five-year-old Chinese Crested named Zelda has been raising two newborn kittens who were rescued by the Burlington Humane Society in Canada. The kittens were abandoned by their mother but Zelda stepped in to help nurture them. Here’s more from insidehalton.com:

Heather Ashcroft-Hill, an adoption counsellor who is trained as a veterinary technician, took two of the kittens home to care for until they are ready for adoption.

It was love at first sight for Ashcroft-Hill’s dog Zelda, according to Adrienne Gosse, shelter manager at the Burlington Humane Society.

“Her dog is very maternal, she has had puppies herself, so when she brought them home, she was very curious about them,” said Gosse. “She introduced the babies to the dog and she took right to them. She was licking them, cleaning them, snuggling them, kissing them, and they bonded. You even see the babies try to suckle on the dog – she’s not producing any milk, but she’s trying.”

These kittens are lucky to have a great “mother” like Zelda. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about the Burlington Humane Society. (Photo by Nikki Wesley and from BHS Facebook page)

DOGS WITH THEIR FRIENDS - It seems like every week there’s a story about a dog befriending an animal of another species. A pig named Piglet at a farm in England started following around a terrier named Alfie and eating from the same dog bowl.  They are now best friends. Meanwhile, at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, also in England, a puppy named Buttons and a cat named Kitty are inseparable after being raised together. Read more about these friendly animals at the News & Star and BBC News.

PEKINGESE NURSES ABANDONED KITTEN - In yet another case of a dog taking care of another animal, a Pekingese in Minnesota named Mittens has been nursing an abandoned kitten back to health after Mittens’ owners discovered it close to death outside the house. Click here for the full story at startribune.com (Photo by Renee Jones Schneider) 

PEKINGESE NURSES ABANDONED KITTEN - In yet another case of a dog taking care of another animal, a Pekingese in Minnesota named Mittens has been nursing an abandoned kitten back to health after Mittens’ owners discovered it close to death outside the house. Click here for the full story at startribune.com (Photo by Renee Jones Schneider) 

DOG CARRIES HOME AN ABANDONED KITTEN - “She wasn’t biting down on it. She was just so, so gentle, and then she just so gently set it down.”
A Husky/Terrier mix named Sadie discovered an abandoned kitten in the woods and carried it home to safety.  Sadie’s owners then took the kitten and sought out medical attention.  Sadie herself was a stray dog but was fortunate enough to be rescued and adopted several years ago. Read more from the Bangor Daily News:

A dog saved a newborn kitten left for dead by its mother Wednesday when the dog carried the 4-inch kitten home in her mouth…Thebarge arrived home from work, and took Sadie outside. The dog instantly bolted into the woods, leading her to where she found the kitten.
“She instantly went right over and she touched her nose to the ground and I could see where the mother cat had laid down,” Thebarge said.
That’s when she saw a little patch of fur and discovered the mother cat had tried to bury another kitten. It was dead. She properly buried it.
Thebarge said there wasn’t any reason for Sadie to venture that far from home but she may have heard the kitten’s distress cries…
“We hear stories about maternal instincts and all I can guess is, on some level, [Sadie] heard something in distress and went to investigate, and how she gently picked up this kitten and brought it home, it’s just a crazy, amazing thing,” Simmons-Edmunds said. “So, see? You can get great dogs from animal adoption agencies.”
Thanks to Sadie, a kitten has a second chance at life.  Dogs never cease to amaze me with their protective instincts. Click here for the full story. (Photo by Terry Karkos)

DOG CARRIES HOME AN ABANDONED KITTEN - “She wasn’t biting down on it. She was just so, so gentle, and then she just so gently set it down.”

A Husky/Terrier mix named Sadie discovered an abandoned kitten in the woods and carried it home to safety.  Sadie’s owners then took the kitten and sought out medical attention.  Sadie herself was a stray dog but was fortunate enough to be rescued and adopted several years ago. Read more from the Bangor Daily News:

A dog saved a newborn kitten left for dead by its mother Wednesday when the dog carried the 4-inch kitten home in her mouth…Thebarge arrived home from work, and took Sadie outside. The dog instantly bolted into the woods, leading her to where she found the kitten.

“She instantly went right over and she touched her nose to the ground and I could see where the mother cat had laid down,” Thebarge said.

That’s when she saw a little patch of fur and discovered the mother cat had tried to bury another kitten. It was dead. She properly buried it.

Thebarge said there wasn’t any reason for Sadie to venture that far from home but she may have heard the kitten’s distress cries…

“We hear stories about maternal instincts and all I can guess is, on some level, [Sadie] heard something in distress and went to investigate, and how she gently picked up this kitten and brought it home, it’s just a crazy, amazing thing,” Simmons-Edmunds said. “So, see? You can get great dogs from animal adoption agencies.”

Thanks to Sadie, a kitten has a second chance at life.  Dogs never cease to amaze me with their protective instincts. Click here for the full story. (Photo by Terry Karkos)

BILL THE DOG BECOMES A SURROGATE FATHER TO KITTENS - “Despite his clumsy and devil-may-care attitude he is so gentle with the babies, cleaning and comforting them.”
Bill, a Jack Russell Terrier, has become like a father to two orphaned kittens who are being fostered by Bill’s owner.  Bill himself was fostered and then adopted from the RSPCA Sheffield in the U.K.  Read more from the thestar.co.uk:

Caring Jack Russell pup Bill is already proving he is adept at fatherhood by taking on a pair of orphans - orphan kittens that is.
The adoptive canine mum has amazed owner Sandra Lemons after ‘adopting’ the tiny bundles of fur as his own, cleaning and comforting them just days after they were born.
Ten-month-old Bill was fostered then adopted by Sandra after he and Ed – who was cared for by a cat as a weak rescued puppy – got on well.
And now he is keen to take others, namely Reptu and Karyu, who came all the way from York and are named after World War Two Japanese aircraft, under his wing.
Sandra, a tiler and decorator, added: “I don’t know whether it’s something in the water here - it’s like the United Nations in this place.

Some dogs must have a natural instinct to protect and nurture younger animals. Bill and his kittens look like they make a loving family.  Click here for the full story.

BILL THE DOG BECOMES A SURROGATE FATHER TO KITTENS - “Despite his clumsy and devil-may-care attitude he is so gentle with the babies, cleaning and comforting them.”

Bill, a Jack Russell Terrier, has become like a father to two orphaned kittens who are being fostered by Bill’s owner. Bill himself was fostered and then adopted from the RSPCA Sheffield in the U.K. Read more from the thestar.co.uk:

Caring Jack Russell pup Bill is already proving he is adept at fatherhood by taking on a pair of orphans - orphan kittens that is.

The adoptive canine mum has amazed owner Sandra Lemons after ‘adopting’ the tiny bundles of fur as his own, cleaning and comforting them just days after they were born.

Ten-month-old Bill was fostered then adopted by Sandra after he and Ed – who was cared for by a cat as a weak rescued puppy – got on well.

And now he is keen to take others, namely Reptu and Karyu, who came all the way from York and are named after World War Two Japanese aircraft, under his wing.

Sandra, a tiler and decorator, added: “I don’t know whether it’s something in the water here - it’s like the United Nations in this place.

Some dogs must have a natural instinct to protect and nurture younger animals. Bill and his kittens look like they make a loving family. Click here for the full story.