There is a phenomenon that occurs with mammals, wherein a female can actually start nursing to care for a baby – even if the baby isn’t hers. It’s rare, but it does happen, and it’s what occurred when this adorable dog found an ailing kitten, stranded in a ravine.
Rescuers think that the dog was out exploring when she happened upon the kitten, who had no way to escape the treacherous surroundings. The dog stayed with the kitten, nursing her, and barked until help arrived.Their story is pretty unbelievable – and this unlikely pair is also impossibly cute.
In a ravine in South Carolina, a tiny Shih Tzu was found protecting a kitten.
After someone called Animal Control, Officer Michelle Smith found them and brought them in.
After reviewing their conditions, she made the conclusion that the dog must have been caring for the kitten the entire time they were in the ravine.
Even at the shelter, the pair were inseparable.
The feisty surrogate pup was actually lactating, a result of a “pseudo pregnancy.” Her milk helped keep the kitten alive.
The dog was named Goldie and the kitten was named Kate. The pair have found their forever home, and now they’re all grown up. Still, they’re just about the cutest duo in town.
Dog found nursing kitten duo now in ‘forever home’
An Upstate dog and kitten duo stirred up lots of attention after they were found by Anderson County Animal Control back in May.
They were found down a ravine, behind Home Depot, and the dog was nursing the kitten.
The Anderson County PAWS Shelter kept the pair at their facility, until the kitten was old enough to be spayed. Their staff vetted all potential owners carefully. It’s been a month since they’ve settled into their new home, and they’re doing great.
While at PAWS, staff named the dog Goldie, and the kitten Kate, after celebrity mother and daughter Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. And online sharing is on track to make the dog and cat almost as famous as the actresses they’re named for.
After their first on-camera debut on FOX Carolina, the Shih Tzu mix and weeks-old kitten landed on web sites across the world, from local news in Philadelphia and San Diego, to Yahoo and FOX News, animal blogs and the UK’s Metro News.
A Buzzfeed link was shared 88,000 times on Facebook, with more than 430,000 likes.
PAWS said that people have called every day, from as far away as California and England, asking if they could adopt Goldie and Kate, but they’ve already found a home.
Joe Harris and his wife, of Fountain Inn, call themselves lucky to have been able to adopt the duo.
Harris said they saw the two on FOX Carolina after they were found, and submitted an application with a “tear jerker of a letter.”
He said Goldie and Kate reminded them of their former dog and cat, Samantha and Simon, who passed within two months of each other in 2012.
“It’s a lot of fun watching the two of them,” said Harris.
They’ve been the center of attention, with friends and family. The Harris’ grandsons get a kick out of watching Goldie and Kate wrestle.
Harris said they still do what they were first famous for, Goldie nursing Kate as her own, when Kate was just a few weeks old. He said at night Kate still tries to nurse on Goldie, and that Goldie lets her.
Harris knows the two have been through a lot, though no one knows how they got together.
“Goldie adopted Kate, and we adopted both of them,” Harris said.
He has created a Facebook page for the pair, under the name “Goldie N Kate Doe.”
Anderson County PAWS staff said that since Buzzfeed posted about the two, they have had even more people call in trying to adopt them.
While Goldie and Kate have found new homes, PAWS said they have around 400 animals at their shelter on any given day, 100 to 200 of them are available for adoption.
Dogs, cats, kittens, puppies are always looking for good homes.