Orphaned Kitten Adopted by Nursing Dog with Room for One More

Which of us wouldn’t spring into action to care for an orphaned babe? It seems that same willingness was shared among the animal kingdom as well when a white Maltese accepted a spunky black kitten into its litter of new born pups this spring. There was no discrimination.

Named for her rough-and-tumble nature, Roadhouse the kitten is making herself at home among a litter of puppies in a New York animal shelter.

The affectionate surrogate is a white Maltese named Coco who was brought to the Animal Haven pet shelter in SoHo after being rescued from a hoarding situation, the organization says, and gave birth to a litter soon after she came in.

According to Animal Haven associate director Kendra Mara, Roadhouse wouldn’t take formula from a bottle. So, after the pups were born, shelter employees decided to try to get the kitten to nurse with Coco’s litter.

“We said, ‘What would happen if we put the kitten with Coco,’ and it was instantaneous,” Mara said.

A beautiful bond has been formed over the three week period, and even though Roadhouse will drink from a bottle now, she prefers nursing with Coco and spending time with the litter.

“She seems to do much better with Coco,” Mara said.

Dozens of people have already expressed interest in adopting the fuzzy black kitten, Coco, and her puppies though the shelter says the animals won’t be available for adoption for another three weeks.

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