See The Rescue Dog That Adopted Orphaned Kittens
Whether you're a cat person or a dog person, the story of this unlikely furry family will make you smile.
Like many great love stories, this one begins with tragedy.
When the Sunshine Dog Rescue team in Phoenix, AZ found "Georgia," an Australian Shepherd Mix, she was in rough shape. She had been abandoned and was living in a gas station bathroom near the U.S. Mexico border.
The rescue team quickly realized that Georgia was pregnant, but sadly all of her puppies were born prematurely and none of them survived. Anita Osa, founder of the Sunshine Dog Rescue, said Georgia appeared to be heartbroken after losing her puppies.
The rescue team found Georgia living at a gas station near the U.S. Mexico border in Stony Point, Arizona. Sunshine Dog Rescue/Facebook
"I've never had a mom dog lose a whole litter before," Osa told ACB-15. "The best way I could describe it was she was frantic. It was so sad, she was looking for those babies. She tore up the toddler mattress we had her on, trying to find her babies."
video c/o Sunshine Dog Rescue
Unsure of how to best help the dog through her grief, Osa posted on social media and asked if anyone had animals that would benefit from being nursed by a mother dog. Someone responded and said they had a couple of orphaned kittens.
Osa admitted that she wasn't sure how the kittens would take to Georgia, or vice versa, but she agreed to give it a try. To her surprise, the animals seemed to bond right away.
To Osa's surprise, Georgia accepted the kittens right away and immediately began nursing and cleaning them. Sunshine Dog Rescue/Facebook
"I introduced them to her gently." Osa said. "I first brought one out and let her sniff it, and she seemed to accept it, so I brought the others out. It's amazing to see how she instantly calmed down."
Within days, the family was thick as thieves and Georgia looked after the three baby kittens as if they were her own. Although Georgia's milk production was low, she allowed her 'babies' to nurse on her – a strange sight to see, but, as Osa says, somehow it worked.
"I think for the kittens, they have no idea that Georgia is a dog," she said.
The rescue team has been supplementing the kittens' nursing sessions by bottle-feeding them. Sunshine Dog Rescue/Facebook
While Georgia and the kittens are still recovering at Sunshine Dog Rescue, all four have been adopted. In even sweeter news, the roommate of the person who will be giving Georgia a new home also adopted one of the kittens – so Georgia will get to stay with one of her babies!
The kittens all have names that start with "G," like their mama. This little critter on the right is called "Graffiti." Sunshine Dog Rescue/Facebook
People all over the country have been celebrating the story of Georgia and the kittens, with some folks saying the unlikely bond between the animals could teach humans a few things about true love and acceptance.
"A lesson humans need to learn from," one person commented. "Love knows no boundaries."
Georgia and the kittens have all been adopted and will go to their 'furr-ever' homes once they're healed. Sunshine Dog Rescue/Facebook
What an inspiring story of animals coming together to help each other overcome life's toughest challenges. Georgia is an amazing mama, for sure!