There, lying shivering on the side of the road was a dog. When she got closer she saw it was not alone!
There on the side of the road was a shivering dog! When she got closer she couldn’t believe her eyes, freezing in the snow she wasn’t alone! She was doing her best to keep five tiny kittens warm, all of them curled up in the snow.
On her own, she could have found somewhere much warmer to spend the night, but, using her body heat, she had chosen to keep these very young felines as warm as she possibly could.
The Good Samaritan contacted The Pet and Wildlife Rescue (P.A.W.) team in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, who sent an animal control officer to pick up this unique family. When they arrived back at the shelter it was clear for all to see that a close bond had already been formed between this kind-hearted dog and her kittens.
Shelter staff gave the dog the name Serenity in honor of her selfless act. It is thought that she is around two years of age, and the kittens about 5 weeks old. Where they came from or how they came to be together is unknown. Staff posted photos of the very proud looking pooch and her feline litter on November 16th.
Since that first post, the kittens have been taken in by a foster family, where they will stay until they are old enough to be on their own and go up for adoption, the shelter said.
The shelter’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments begging them to keep the dog and her kittens together and foster or adopt them out as a group.
The shelter explained in their second post that if they waited for the kittens to be old enough to adopt out with Serenity, the pup would be waiting months to get her “forever family,” and that “it is always the staff’s goal to get dogs out of the shelter environment and into their forever homes as soon as possible.”
Adoption offers have piled in for Serenity, just based on her parental instincts. The P.A.W. shelter made sure to describe her personality “quirks” as a heads up for potential owners — the two-year-old dog has the “energy of a toddler,” is “quite jumpy and need(s) to be taught some manners,” and would be best suited to a home without small children or other dogs, according to the post.
However, Serenity is “obviously great with cats,” the shelter said.