Tiny Tabby Foster Found Mother in Dog


A teeny tiny tabby kitten found something special in a dog who became the mother she never had.

Mae as a wee kitten

“A few years ago I was working in a no-kill shelter and Mae was brought in by a woman who had found her. She was all alone, very dehydrated and only weighed a few OUNCES. I offered to foster the pitiful little thing and the director told me not to get too attached, she probably didn’t have much of a chance of surviving. Fortunately, no one told Mae that. She had every problem you can think of from ringworm to intestinal parasites, but she had more than her share of fight in her and after a long period of bottle feedings, creams, ointments, meds, carrying her around with me 24/7, you name it… she was healthy and strong enough to get spayed and vetted and go up for adoption,” said Jennie.

Abigail, one of Jennie’s house dogs, took Mae under her wings. She watched Jennie bottle feed the little kitten and helped clean her up and cuddle her to sleep after every meal. She is very protective of her “baby” and Mae clings to her like a daughter to a mother.

“Well… (Mae) never made it back to the shelter. She had claimed her place in our family… forever. Beyond how much I had fallen in love with the little monster, Abigail helped raise her and there was just no way I was going to separate them,” Jennie added.

“Mae Button is one of the sassiest characters I know. I would say of the two dogs and three cats in my house right now, she is definitely the fearless leader. A little crazy, a little naughty and very very loving… she’s my little heart and I’d be lost without her.”

cute rescue kitten snuggling pit bulldog

Mae found Abigail the dog who became the mother she never had

cute tabby kitten cuddling doggie to sleep

cute tabby kitten sleeping with pit bulldog

Photos courtesy of ©Jennie (flickr: jclutter). This is one of the first couple pictures of Mae and Abigail snuggling together:

cute tabby kitten and pit bulldog

Now Mae is all grown up but the two are closer than ever.

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16 Responses to “Tiny Tabby Foster Found Mother in Dog”

  1. Linda Quevillon says:

    This is wonderful. At that little is quite beautiful

  2. Christine Aspinall says:

    Beautiful story! Mae is such a sweet little girl and bless Abigail for being a wonderful foster Mum! :)

  3. Billie-jean says:

    Thats just sooooo cute, animals are always surprising me. we caould all learn a lot from them !

  4. carole says:

    that is a touching story.sometimes you do not pick the animals they pick you.god bless u taking the time to help.

  5. ChildFree23 says:

    Oh my! Look at the ears on Mae! Will she ever grow into them?

    So cute!

  6. pumbie says:

    How many stripes; they are happy together. Lend your dog some stripes!.

  7. Jennie says:

    Thank you so much for featuring Mae and Abby on your wonderful site :)

  8. KellyAnne says:

    What a cutie pie! Love the sweet cat family.

  9. Michelle says:

    I know Mae and Abby, they are both awesome! Abby helped foster my kitty Dex Dexter when he was a baby too. :)

  10. beckyl says:

    BEAUTIFUL kitty and great story!

  11. Sylvia says:

    Lovely story.

  12. Sylvia says:

    How sweet it is.

  13. A says:

    I love the second photo! Mae has some attitude :) Cute!

  14. bobbie says:

    Hi love the pictures of mae! I also do cat rescue and mae is an oriental. very loud voiced, into everything and has to be with you everywhere you are. They are normally very talkative and self assured, they know what they want at all times. I just rescued an oriental mama with 2 kittens. Keep up the good work and God bless you and your family for your efforts with mae.

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