A loving dog has adopted a baby kitten after the stranded pair were rescued from a ravine in South Carolina
An animal welfare officer was called to the scene in North Pointe Creek last week after a resident heard the Shih Tzu mix’s screams. Animal control officer Michelle Smith was surprised to find the dog protecting a five-week-old kitten tangled in bushes at the bottom of a small embankment. ‘I didn’t know what to think,’ she explained. ‘I was shocked and surprised.’‘I’m thinking that it just couldn’t get back up with the kitten, and I don’t think it was willing to leave the kitten.’ The pair are now being cared for at Anderson County P.A.W.S, where the five-year-old canine has been caring for the young kitten. ‘It would be like one of us seeing a neglected or abandoned child and taking it under our wing,’ said shelter director Jessica Cwynar. She said the dog was going through a ‘pseudo pregnancy’ and producing milk for the kitten. ‘She’s producing some, but not all that the kitten will need nutrition-wise,’ she added, saying the kitten was also being bottle-fed.The shelter is hoping that if the dog’s owners come forward they will also be willing to adopt the kitten.