Yesterday, I shared a story about a canine who helped rescue his feline furiend. Today, I want to share another animal rescue story with you. This was such a happy story that it won a $25,000 prize from the Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign.
This animal rescue story took place in the summer of 2013 and was shared by the Cleveland Animal Protection League. A pit bull puppy named Noland was taken to the shelter when he was only one day old.
Initially, the human who found Noland was unable to find his mother. When they did find his mother, they learned that she had been neglected and was unable to feed him because she was malnourished.
Before bottle feeding Noland, the staff at the shelter decided to try placing Noland with a cat named Lurlene. She was rescued from the streets herself.
These two animal rescue stories found themselves linked together. And Lurlene, who was already nursing four kittens, took in Noland right away and raised her as her own. Noland became part of the family very quickly. He learned a lot of feline habits, and even started to use the litter box like his feline family did.
When Noland got old enough, he was placed with other puppies of his age, where he learned how to act like a dog. I do not think this is necessarily a good thing. After all, a canine who uses the litter box would be a very good thing for the human who cares for him. And imagine if a canine didn’t drool all over the place and was much cleaner, like us felines.
In the application that the Cleveland Animal Protection League submitted to the Petco Foundation, they wrote that the story shows “the power of forgiveness and unconditional love and acceptance.” That, they wrote, is what it should be all about.
I am always happy to write about happy animal rescue stories. This one was very touching because it is two animal rescue stories combined with love and caring between two species that are not necessarily known for being close to each other.