A ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ dog who ʟᴏsᴛ her puppies after they were born too early is now mum to ᴏʀᴘʜᴀɴᴇᴅ kittens she has adopted.
Georgia, an Australian shepherd mix, went into ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ and ʟᴏsᴛ her three baby pups. After ʟᴏsɪɴɢ her whole litter, Georgia kept ғʀᴀɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ looking for her puppies, said the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. Caregivers gave the ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ canine a stuffed animal with an ᴀʀᴛɪғɪᴄɪᴀʟ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛ to simulate her babies and calm her down. “Going into ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ʟᴀʙᴏʀ gave her babies ɴᴏ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ of living outside of her ᴡᴏᴍʙ. While my ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʜᴜʀᴛs for the puppies that never got to run and play, my ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ is so very sᴀᴅ for Georgia. She is looking for her babies and it is ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ to watch,” the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ wrote in a Facebook post on Aug. 13.
Days later, however, Sunshine took in three ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀʟᴇss newborn kittens and introduced them to Georgia — who loved them in no time. “She LOVES them. So far we have been able to get one to latch and are bottle feeding until the other two figure it out too,” the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ wrote on Aug. 15. Georgia and kitties. She takes her cleaning of the babies very seriously! Good mama. Two days later, two of the kittens were ‘thriving and bottle feeding fairly well’ while the third ‘very ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀʟᴇss ‘ ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ. ‘Georgia is extremely focused on her two seemingly healthy babies and is doing really well. Bless this little family ‘ added the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. Soon one of the remaining cats latched to the momma dog, and both kittens were given names: Graffiti and Gumball. An orange kitten was added to the mix, as well, named Goober. They have all opened their eyes, are gaining weight (now weigh 7-8 ounces each), and seem very content with mama.
Georgia — who will go by Milo at her new forever home — was pictured happily caring for her adopted kitten babies in subsequent photos and videos shared by Sunshine. Anita Osa, executive director of Sunshine said:” I was ‘certainly unsure’ about Georgia taking in the cats as her own but was pleasantly surprised. The animal lover added that she would ‘absolutely’ do it again if a similar scenario arises in the future. I had seen other species nurse another species before, so I thought ‘worst-case scenario she doesn’t take to them and I have some kittens I need to tend to myself.”