Pitty and Kitty, a pitbull and a newborn kitten, can’t bear to be apart… and from now on, they’ll never have to be!
The pair were discovered on the side of Dallas, Texas, road last week by a “good Samaritan,” according to the veterinarian who is bringing them back to health at Mercy Animal Clinic.
It was a member of Dallas Dog RR — a group that works to rescue dogs from the most impoverished parts of Dallas — who spotted Pitty lying on the side of the road, Dr. Rick Hamlin told ABC News.
As Pitty was being loaded up into the car, another bystander mentioned that there was a kitten there, too. Sure enough, Hamlin said that when the Dallas Dog RR worker went back to the spot, there lied Kitty.
Kitty immediately attached to Pitty’s nipple, which Pitty, as she has come to be called, was fine with.
Hamlin said Pitty had recently been lactating. “It seems she had been nursing the kitten and had just dried up.” He called the timing of their discovery the “stars aligning.”
Hamlin said the kitten, who is estimated to be about 10-days-old, would have died within 24 hours had they not been rescued.
When Kitty arrived at Mercy Animal Hospital, she started being bottle fed. Pitty immediately went into mom-mode, licking Kitty the way her mother would.
Kitty now goes home with Hamlin each night to continue to be bottle fed. The first night away was hard for Pitty, he said.
“When I took Kitty out of the cage [that she had been sharing with Pitty since they arrived] Pitty started howling. It was the first vocalization she made since she arrived.”
The next morning when they were reunited, Pitty just “cleaned and cleaned and cleaned” the kitten. “It was a tremendous reunion,” Hamlin said.
Given all they’ve been through, Hamlin said the two will be adopted out together, noting that the “hysteria around pit bulls is exactly that.”
Pitty, he said, “adopted kitty and provided maternal needs for kitty.”