Shelter cat nurses orphaned puppy
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes.
Photo: Cleveland Animal Protective League

An orphaned pit bull puppy dropped off at a shelter is making it through because of the compassion of a cat.

According to WEWS 5, the puppy who has been named Noland was dropped off at the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL) without his mother. Noland, tiny and only one day old, was quickly taken in by Lurlene, a cat who is also nursing her four kittens at the shelter.

Sharon Harvey, president and CEO of the Cleveland APL said “Pups that old without their mom … their survival rate is pretty iffy.” When the League’s veterinary team had to decide what to do for Noland, they handed him over to Lurlene, who took on the role of mom. “Lurlene loves him. It’s so adorable,” said Harvey.

Noland spends most of his days with his feline family, and spends his nights at the home of an APL staff member, where he is bottle-fed and watched overnight.

Cleveland APL added on their Facebook page, “Even our cats are a part of our lifesaving work! We should all be so welcoming to living creatures in need…thank you, Lurlene and family…”

The shelter will not be accepting adoption applications for Noland just yet, and will let the puppy get bigger and stronger before finding him a forever home. “We need to be diligent with his care…Noland is going to be with us for quite awhile. We need to be really sure with him. We’ve got to focus on giving him the care he needs right now,” Harvey said.

Harvey says those looking to help Noland, Lurlene and the other animals at the APL can still do so by making a donation, volunteering or fostering some of their animals in need of homes. More information can be found here on their website.

Animals continue to show us humans that we can learn a thing or two about kindness from them, if we pay attention. Way to go, Lurlene and kittens!

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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