The dog and kitten were taken to Anderson County PAWS, and both did well while at the shelter. Director Jessica Cwynar told news media they believe the dog is going through a pseudo-pregnancy where she’s actually producing some milk. However, it’s not enough for the kitten, so kitten milk replacement is also being bottle fed.
I’m happy to announce that on May 29, Goldie and Kate went into foster care. They’re both doing great. Sadly, no one ever claimed either of them. It’s doubtful either will lack for a loving home. Animal lovers across the country have been contacting the shelter about adopting the unusual pair.
It’s always a good idea to get pets out of a shelter and into foster care. As a former rescuer and foster parent, I can tell you firsthand how easily a young kitten can become sick in the shelter. Upper respiratory infections are common, and a lot of deaths occur because a foster family or rescue can’t be found.
Anderson PAWS confirmed on their Facebook page that fear of illness were major factors in moving the pair, as well as overcrowding at the shelter. They will update the public when the two will be ready to go up for adoption.
Until then, Goldie and Kate are still together and are doing great. Very likely confused, but what can you expect when a kitten takes a dog as a surrogate mother.