Apr 30, 2010 3:18 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Shelter cat nurses orphaned puppies

A new "family" has taken shape at a central Texas animal shelter where a cat is now raising not only her kittens, but also a brood of puppies.

It was the death of the puppies' mother that put them in a desperate situation.

When the mother of the four miniature dachshunds died while birthing her puppies, the owner called Pam Peacock with a life-saving request. "They would've needed somebody to bottle feed the puppies every hour and a half to two hours around the clock for at least two or three weeks or have a mother's milk," she explains.

Peacock had no dogs that fit the bill, but Beatrix, a rescue cat and new mother came to mind.

The moment that the first puppy was put in front of Beatrix her maternal instincts kicked in. "She just kind of put her arms around them and pulled them up to her and started cleaning them," says Peacock, "and they started nursing and they're doing fine."

The owner of the puppies has decided to adopt Beatrix since she saved the lives of his pets.



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