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Yet another canine mother displaying love

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Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is constantly coming up with more and better stories of motherly love. This time the love is shared with quite an unlikely couple – a long-haired mother Chihuahua and a tiny gray kitten. Animals continuously prove to human beings that love has no bounds!

The Longhaired Chihuahua was discovered in Barstow, California, nursing the tiny kitten – thus redefining the mother/son bond. The unlikely pair was discovered by neighbors of a family who had moved away in early January.

This adorable pair was taken into the Barstow Humane Society just days after being discovered. They arrived at HWAC on Thursday, February 27th, in order to being the next step of their journey together.

Center staff intends to keep this special duo together and is seeking one adopter for both the mother and son. The public will be introduced to the pair at the Center’s 2nd Annual Doggie Gras Parade and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration on Tuesday, March 4th at 11am. In honor of the celebration, the mother canine has been named Beignet and her darling kitten son has been named Gumbo.

Many orphaned animals travel a road chockfull of mistreatment, loneliness and fear. How each creature overcomes the incidents determines how their unique personalities develop and often leaves rescue workers inspired by their unwavering ability to accept, love and trust.

Beignet and Gumbo’s inspirational story began when neighbors reported hearing what sounded like a relocated family’s abandoned dog tending to a new puppy in their former backyard. With evening temperatures falling to 20 degrees, efforts were made to rescue the canine family. Instead of a new puppy, however, the mother dog was found nursing an abandoned kitten. The strength, nourishment and incredible comfort the two had provided to one other during their time alone was miraculous and their bond was beautiful.

This mother/son team is currently being cared for by the Helen Woodward Animal Center veterinary staff. Beignet is currently 1 year and 7 months old and Gumbo is 5 months old. Both pets will be altered, receive deworming, vaccinations and microchips and will begin their official search for a forever home on Tuesday, March 4th following the Doggie Gras Celebration.

“This incredible little family really demonstrates the pure hearts of the orphan animals we meet each day,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager Labeth Thompson. “They love each other. That’s all there is to it. It’s not complicated. They needed each other and they were there for each other.”

If you would like more information on Beignet and Gumbo, or for inquires about adoption, please contact the Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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