Anita (foster mom):
Georgia was not expected to have the puppies for at least another week. And they are being born premature. They have no fur. They’re just too young and too Little.
I’ve had dogs that have lost puppies, but I’ve never had a mom that has lost a whole litter. Unfortunately, none of the puppies were able to survive. She was quite unsettled, kind of whiny frantic behavior. We started throwing it around, like, what can we do for her? I reached out on social media, looking for puppies while I wanted puppies. I knew that might not be a possibility. And the, the quicker we could get babies for Georgia to take care of, I just instinctually felt that that would be better and she would more readily take to them. quickly, I realized that there’s a lot more kittens that need a mom.
Georgia had plenty of love to give, and it wasn’t long until Anita found three kittens who were in great need of it.
When we put them together initially, it was with a lot of caution. So, I actually had the kittens in a small carrier.
Going to see how Georgia takes to them.
So I just brought one out and had it in my hand then really quickly I could kind of tell she was like into this. So put that kitten down with her and she immediately start like caring and licking and, and I brought the next kitten out, so it was actually a fairly easy, quick process that she took to them. It was worth the risk to put them together, to give these kittens the possibility of having a mom without a mom. It’s, it’s hard to raise little kittens from newborns. They’re very fragile. To feel really comfortable with having them together, took a while. And I actually ended up sleeping with them probably for the first three or four days or to clean them. And, uh, she did nurse them, which also gave them a sense of comfort. She protected them too. Her need to mother was really strong. She was, yeah, super, super mom.
Like all moms George’s work wasn’t over yet.
During that time we realized she had another issue. It turned out to be cancer. It’s a very typical cancer in stray dogs. It’s a sexually transmitted disease. Maybe that was why she lost her litter. So once the kittens got about four or five weeks old, we then realized there was something else going on. And then she survived that too, so that there is a happy ending for all of this. And Georgia got adopted. All the kittens got adopted, like the frosting on the cake was that one of Georgia’s kittens got adopted by somebody in the same family and they live together.
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