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East Texas dog becomes adoptive mother to orphaned kittens


POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:00pm

Now to a story about how a mother's love can surpass even species lines.

One dog in Chapel Hill is caring for a litter of kittens, after their mother was killed.

When you walk into the Kennedy household, you can find Annie lying on her bed, caring for her babies, a litter of newborn kittens she bonded with at first sight.

"I can't even explain it, cause I've never seen nothing like that in my life," said Bilentia Kennedy, Annie's owner.

19-year old Blair Kennedy is an aspiring veterinarian, who can never say no to taking in an animal in need.

So when her brother called about some newborn orphaned kittens at the feed store where he works, she had to take a look.

"He said the kittens have been here all weekend without their mother, and it was like 'Oh we got to get them home Momma now," said Blair.

"Dear god in heaven, no more animals," was Bilentia's initial response.

But once her mom saw the kittens, whose mother had died just days ago, her own motherly instincts kicked in as well.

She took them home and began to clean them, when Annie first got a glimpse of the babies.

"She just took to them, I mean, just automatic," said Bilentia.

"She just took to them so gently and so loving.  Actually my momma, she teared up a little bit and she said 'Oh my God, this is amazing,'" said Blair.

So they gave a call to family friend, and Blair's godmother, Debbie Jenkins to tell her the news.

"I went 'Oh my gosh,' I have chill bumps just talking about it. It was very, very, very, heartwarming, touched that this dog did this," said Jenkins.

Often, on the surface, scenes such as this don't make sense.

But when you see Annie gently pick one up with her mouth, or comfort another when it's crying, it makes all the sense in the world.

It's just a mom, loving her kids.

"These kittens were meant to be here, and Annie was meant to mother and save them," said Jenkins.

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My dog has done this every time we have a litter of kittens. She actually tries to take them from their mamas to nurse them herself, and ends up lactating. Its so interesting the way some animals don't care about species, all they see are babies needing love and care. Good job Annie!

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