Rescue Dog Raises Motherless Kittens at Battersea

Rescue Dog Raises Motherless Kittens at Battersea

RESCUE DOG RAISES MOTHERLESS KITTENS AT BATTERSEA

July 2021

A former resident of much-loved animal rescue charity, Battersea, has been melting hearts after taking a litter of kittens beneath his wing. Unlikely father determine, Bertie, is a one-year-old Labrador who has spent the final a number of weeks caring for seven motherless kittens delivered to the charity in want of pressing assist.

The stray kittens had been found on the aspect of a street by a member of the general public after they had been roughly two weeks outdated, with no mom in sight. At such a younger age, they had been unable to fend for themselves so had been rushed to Battersea to be checked over by their skilled clinic staff. Once vets established the very hungry kittens had been in any other case wholesome, Battersea’s Head Nurse Rachel volunteered to take the litter residence along with her, the place each she and her Battersea canine, Bertie, may maintain an in depth eye on them.

Battersea Head Nurse, Rachel mentioned: “As a former Battersea resident himself, there’s one thing notably touching about seeing a rescue pet now serving to to rescue different animals in want. I’m extremely pleased with Bertie for the best way he has cared for the kittens over the previous couple of weeks. At lower than two years outdated, he’s barely an grownup himself, however you wouldn’t assume it whenever you see how extremely affected person and nurturing he has been.

“These kittens have actually been a handful, from the early days after they wanted bottle feeding around the clock, to after they first found the fun of climbing. Not solely has Bertie helped the kittens develop into assured, sociable little cats, he’s additionally saved me entertained.”

Kittens will ordinarily spend the primary eight weeks of their lives with their mom, as she might want to feed them and train them survival expertise till they’re able to fend for themselves. If a motherless kitten is dropped at Battersea throughout these essential first few weeks of improvement, a foster carer will tackle the function of mum together with common bottle feeds and assist with toileting. Once they’re sufficiently old to feed and look after themselves, they are going to be introduced again to one of many charities catteries till a brand new everlasting residence has been discovered.

Rachel added: “Hand rearing kittens is such a splendidly rewarding expertise, you get to assist them develop from tiny defenceless infants into distinctive characters prepared for a loving residence. I used to be unhappy to see them go, however I can take consolation in understanding that Bertie and I helped give them the perfect begin in life. I think Bertie may additionally have been having fun with the peace and quiet as soon as his younger prices had gone, he’d actually earned it!”

While the entire kittens have now gone to new houses you’ll find out extra about different cats nonetheless in search of a house on the Battersea web site www.battersea.org.uk/cats.

To discover out what makes rescue pets like Bertie so particular, go to the Battersea website, or be part of the rescue motion by utilizing #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed.

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