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.