Sweet Mama Dog Takes in Motherless Kittens

When a lady dropped off these three kittens at the Animal Shetler of Pickens County in Jasper, Georgia, they had no mother to take care of them. Mary the dog quickly welcomed the kittens into her own litter of pups, and as you can see in the video, took very good care of them.

She even licks their little behinds to stimulate them, just like a mama cat would! Watch at about 1:45 when one of the kittens walks to the edge of the cage, and Mary comes to retrieve her. The kitten digs her little claws into the blanket, but Mary drags her back into the cage anyway! So cute!

Why do animals often take on babies that aren’t their own, or aren’t even of the same species? No one knows for sure, but in the case of a mother who has recently given birth, it might be because they have a high level of oxytocin, which is sometimes called the “bonding hormone”.

No matter the reason, we are glad that Mary has taken in these adorable little kittens. Wouldn’t you love to see if they have developed any “doggish” ways when they are older?

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  1. Reply

    Aw so beautiful that’s awesome

  2. Reply

    my guess is mary felt sorry for the kittens and that’s why she is taken care of them. 🙂

  3. Jesus instills in His animal kids a parent’s heart of compassion. Isn’t adoption wonderful? God bless this mama dog and her kitty pups.

  4. Reply

    Animals take care of one another.

  5. Reply

    Most of the time a whole lot better than humans do.

  6. Reply

    Such a good Mom!

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    Louise Beresford Carter

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    Sweetness…..she is a real mother!

  10. Reply

    because the mother instinct is so very strong in some animals…they will care for other babies. Have had two dogs that would mother ANYTHING, and did.

  11. Reply

    mother is gift from God Mother like tree

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    Ronan Kelly

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    Agreed… Sweet comment :/

  14. Reply

    I agree Nice thanks so much :p

  15. Reply

    Agreed :p

  16. Reply

    Yup Awesome info thanks so much 🙂

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    Nice :

  19. Reply

    Awwwww……she keeps them close too!

  20. Reply

    At the right time the brain chemistry is right for mothering.

  21. Reply

    I hope they don’t treat her badly later.

  22. Reply

    Hope all of them find loving, responsible homes, especially the sweet Mom.

  23. Reply

    That picture is BEAUTIFUL!

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