Adorable rescue dog takes seven orphaned kittens under his wing

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An adorable rescue dog has melted the hearts of animal charities after taking seven motherless kittens under his wing.

Bertie the Labrador, who previously resided at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, instinctively adopted cats and looked after them like his own.

The young kittens were two weeks old when they were discovered abandoned by the side of the road.

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But Bertie came to the rescue when the young cats were brought in and he began to feed them, TeamDogs reports.

The stray kittens were found with no mother in sight.

At that age, they could not have survived on their own.

But luckily, the person who found them rushed the kittens to Battersea for examination by the team of experts at their clinic.



Bertie raised cats like his own

Once vets established that the very hungry kittens were otherwise healthy, Battersea’s head nurse Rachel volunteered to take the litter back home, where she and her Battersea dog, Bertie. , watched them closely.

Rachel said: “I am incredibly proud of Bertie for the way he has taken care of the kittens over the past few weeks.

“At less than two years old, he’s barely an adult himself, but you wouldn’t think so when you see how incredibly patient and caring he has been.

“These kittens have certainly been a handful, from the early days of needing round-the-clock bottle-feeding, until they discovered the joys of rock climbing.

“Not only did Bertie help the kittens grow up to be confident and sociable little cats, he also entertained me.”

Kittens normally spend the first eight weeks of their lives with their mothers, who will need to feed them and teach them survival skills until they are ready to fend for themselves.

If a motherless kitten is brought to Battersea during these crucial first weeks of development, a foster family will take on the role of mother, which includes regular bottle feeds and toilet assistance.



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Once they are old enough to feed and take care of themselves, they will be taken to one of the charity’s catteries until a new permanent home is found.

Rachel added, “Raising kittens by hand is such a wonderfully fulfilling experience. You can help them grow from tiny helpless babies to unique characters ready for a loving home.

“I was sad to see them go, but I can be reassured to know that Bertie and I have helped them give them the best start in life. I suspect that Bertie may have also enjoyed the peace and the peace after his young children are gone He ‘I certainly deserved it!

While all of the kittens have now moved to new homes, you can read more about other home-seeking cats on the Battersea website.


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