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When Dog Abandons Her Newborn Puppies, Shelter Worker Turns To A Cat For Help.

Everybody loves stories about interspecies friendships, whether it’s a duck following around a little girl or an improbable friendship between a 400-600 pound Barbary lion and a tiny dachshund.

If you, too, love those kinds of stories, this one’s sure to bring a big smile to your face.

SPCA Adoption Coordinator Debra Debra Hines-Cantwell

Debra Cantwell is the adoption coordinator for the SPCA in Titusville, Florida. Several years ago, she and her co-workers found themselves in a difficult situation after taking in a pregnant Chihuahua.

The dog gave birth prematurely and, unfortunately, two of her babies died. You’d think she’d be even more vigilant about the two surviving pups, but it was the exact opposite: The new mama didn’t want anything to do with them.

But Debra had an idea. Upstairs, the SPCA had a Siamese cat named Nessy, who was nursing her own litter of newborns. Might there be some extra room for two neglected Chihuahua pups?

Some interspecies relationships work and some don’t, Debra said, but in this case, Nessy was more than happy to take on the extra responsibility.


“We took the puppies to see if she’d like them and she loved them,” Debra recalled.

Watch the video below to see Nessy’s maternal instincts take over, and remember to share to spread smiles!

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