A dog who was rescued nine years ago from the wreckage left by Hurricane Katrina has now taken up a new job helping other animals in need at the Arizona Humane Society. He will work as a “nanny” in the organization’s new kitten nursery. Boots, a Chow-Golden Retriever, is already helping the tiny five- to eight-week old kittens socialize and adjust to living with other animals, which in time will make them better candidates for adoption. Boots is seen patiently letting the kittens snuggle up to him and play, without ever seeming to lose his composure. Arizona Humane Society’s Liz Truitt told NBC Today:
He’s been an unofficial nanny for us. When he came into the nursery, he was the perfect dog for this role, because he’s so laid-back. He doesn’t care about what the kittens [do]. He doesn’t get excited. He doesn’t get in their face. He just basically lets them come to him on their terms. It’s the perfect first interaction with a dog for these guys.
Humane Society staff believe that Boots’ stoic personality may have a lot to do with his experience living through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath close to a decade ago. Bretta Nelson, a spokeswoman for the humane society, told NBC Today that Boots was just two years old at the time and added:
His paws were so ripped up, he had (such) intense burns on his paws that he needed medical attention — hence, how he got the name Boots.
Boots was among the 300 dogs found abandoned or lost in New Orleans after Katrina, and was one of the 240 that were never reunited with their owners. He was adopted by volunteer Susan Juergensen who took him to her home in Phoenix, where he lives along with her cats. He got along so well with his new feline family that Susan thought he would make the perfect dog to work in the AHS’ new kitten nursery, which opened in May. Boots has been visiting the nursery once a week to work with the kittens. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Boots, a dog who was rescued in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is now living with his new owner in Phoenix, Arizona where he also volunteers once a week in a kitten nursery at the Arizona Humane Society.
2. Docile Boots helps the new kittens socialize and adjust to being around dogs.
3. That make the kittens better candidates for adoption.
4. Boots was one of 300 dogs rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and unfortunately he was never reunited with his original owners. Luckily though, one volunteer with the Arizona Humane Society adopted Boots and he now lives with her in Phoenix.
5. The Chow-Golden Retriever mix started volunteering in the kitten nursery because he interacts so well his his owner Susan Juergensen’s cats at home.
6. Boots has been visiting the nursery once a week to work with the kittens.
7. Here is a picture of a younger Boots, after he was rescued from Hurricane Katrina.
And here is the video report:
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