Stray dog found caring for kittens

Stray dog found caring for tiny kittens alongside road in Ontario

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A stray dog is being hailed a hero for keeping an orphaned litter of kittens alive in the cold. The dog, dubbed Serenity, was found last week alongside a road in Chatham, Ontario (Canada), keeping five tiny, black kittens warm.

Pet and Wildlife Rescue posted images of the dog and her “adopted kittens” to Facebook, and they quickly went viral. A post, created on November 16, reads:

Our stray sweetheart is keeping her “babies” safe at the shelter tonight!

The two photos accompanying that post have been shared nearly 900 times. In response to the massive interest in Serenity, the animal welfare agency released more information about the heroic, and nurturing, dog, writing:

I have been getting A LOT of attention on social media, but let me fill you in just in case you don’t know my name and my story! My name is Serenity and I was found last week on the side of the road keeping 5 kittens warm. A good citizen called the shelter, a kind Animal Control Officer picked the 6 of us up and we’ve been living our best lives ever since! The kittens that I kept safe have been kindly taken in by a foster family and will be put up for adoption once they’re old enough to be on their own.

Despite a lack of personality information, a deluge of people have been applying to adopt Serenity. The shelter wants people to know more about her demeanor, writing of her assets, and weaknesses:

I’m obviously great with cats and would have no problem going to a home that has cats in it🐱. I’m estimated to be about 2 years old so I’m still young and have the energy of a toddler. I love zooming around outside and will run circles around any person or object that is out in the yard with me. The shelter staff has been working on it, but I can be quite jumpy and need to be taught some manners. At this time in my life I would do best in a home without small children that I can knock over – I wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt someone. I’ve gotten along with a couple of dogs at the shelter so far – both were extremely submissive or uninterested in interacting with me. Along with my dominance I am HUGE on playing and have a tendency to get right in other dog’s faces. I didn’t get along with the dominant or even slightly reactive shelter dogs. I do need help with my house training as it is not perfect right now.

According to the shelter, Serenity will be available for adoption after her spay surgery is completed on December 3. The kittens are enjoying life in a loving foster home and they will also be made available for adoption as soon as they are old enough.

Find Pet and Wildlife Rescue on Facebook here.

(Image via Facebook)

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