Proving that motherly love sees no boundaries, a tiny Chihuahua has adopted a pair of 10-week-old foster kittens who were found abandoned and is caring for them as her own puppies.
When veterinary technician Jaime Apfel volunteered to foster the kittens through the Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona, New York, she never expected that her Chihuahua Lucy Liu would adopt them, but the little canine stepped up to foster the babies right away.
Jaime was prepared to do whatever it took to care for tiny Boo and Sully, but much to her surprise, Lucy Liu began to nurse the newborns herself. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A tiny Chihuahua has adopted a pair of 10-week-old foster kittens who were found abandoned and is caring for them as her own puppies.
The shelter posted on Facebook:
It didn’t matter to Lucy that these babies were not puppies, they were helpless and they needed her. The urge to nurse and love them was greater than anything else.
The kittens will be up for adoption at the Hi Tor Animal Care Center when they get a bit bigger — in four to six weeks — and when their canine foster mom is ready to send them off into the world.
With kitten season already started, newborns like Boo and Sully are in desperate need of loving foster homes. About 20 million kittens are expected to be born this spring, many of whom to strays and homeless cats, so shelters around the country will need all the help they can get.
The two kittens were brought to the shelter by a South Nyack resident who found them abandoned in their front yard — two of more than 600 kittens that end up at the Hi Tor Animal Care Center every mating season — from March through October.
2. The kittens will be up for adoption at the Hi Tor Animal Care Center when they get a bit bigger, and when their canine foster mom is ready to send them off into the world.
Nixie Gueits, board member at Hi Tor Animal Shelter, said:
The happy ending always is for any of our kittens to find a great home.
The shelter says that their next big challenge will be convincing Lucy Liu to let go. Apfel said:
I don’t know how well she’s going to do when they leave her. She’s very, very attached to them.
Staff at the shelter say they are fairly confident that mom will let go when the time is right.
3. Lucy the Chihuahua volunteers as a surrogate mom for two kittens.
Source: Hi Tor Animal Care Center.
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