Stray Dog Found Curled Up In Snow Keeping Orphaned Kittens Warm
On a cold November day, a litter of tiny, shivering, motherless kittens snuggled together on the side of a road. However, a good samaritan found the huddling group of animals and noticed the kittens weren’t exactly without adult supervision. Cuddled up with them, keeping them happy and safe, was a dog.
The homeless litter of five kitties would have surely frozen to death if not for the care and warmth of a fellow street dog who let them curl up in her cozy fur. Not willing to simply pass by the gang of estranged animals, the person who discovered them stayed by their side until an animal control officer picked them up altogether.
The Fate of the Unlikely Dog-Kitten Family
Once the animals were collected by animal control, they were taken to a local shelter. Because the kittens needed round-the-clock attention since they should have been still nursing in their mother’s care, volunteer foster parents ensured they received adequate nutrition and supervision. (1)
As for the remarkable canine who found and saved the kittens, the shelter named her Serenity. Serenity has demonstrated a wonderfully unique personality. Not only is she extraordinarily caring, maternal, and cat-tolerant, but she is also wildly playful. At approximately two years of age, she has the energy of a puppy. You might have assumed she would be unusually mature, given how well she cared for a family of newborn kittens, but when not mothering her little homeless felines, she is quite rambunctious. The poor pup was never trained, spayed, or socialized, and her behavior is that of a dog who’s never lived in a proper home. (1)
The Fate of Homeless Kittens and Puppies
Serenity saved the litter’s life. She prevented the five innocent babies from facing hypothermia and dying painfully. Serenity is a hero, but the reality is, millions of kittens and cats live on the streets, and most don’t have the good fortune of being saved by a dog or human.
There is no way to accurately study the total number of homeless cats or dogs living on the streets today because the number is far too high and always-changing. However, spend time in any major city, and you will surely stumble upon a fair share of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies walking the streets, eating from trash cans, and fighting for survival.
However, we can study the number of homeless pets who live in U.S. shelters. Here are some American statistics to consider: (2)
- 6.5 million pets end up in shelters every year
- 1.5 million of those shelter animals are killed annually
- Only 3.2 million shelter pets are adopted each year
- Another 3.3 million spend their lives in shelter cages or are euthanized
How to Help Homeless Animals
Like the person who stopped to save Serenity and her 6 companion kitties, we can each do our part to help animals in need. Here are a few ideas: (3)
- If you have a pet, make sure to spay or neuter them in an effort to control overpopulation and thwart homelessness.
- Once you commit to a pet, do not rehome or surrender them. Commit to your pet for life to prevent your animal companion from living in a cage or being put down unnecessarily.
- Opt to adopt from a shelter when you’re ready to get a companion animal.
- Volunteer with or donate to a local animal shelter.
Heroes surely exist. No one told Serenity to care for the homeless kittens she found; she merely did what was right. If all humans followed suit and cared for animals the way she did, we could make a huge difference in the lives of millions.
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