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The well known animal rescue in the UK, Battersea, just released the most heartwarming announcement. One of their former rescues, a one-year-old black lab named Bertie, was as they say “paying it forward”. Or in the animal world, “pawing it furward”. And what he had begun doing was not just adorable. It was bringing peace and joy to a lifesaving mission.

Because Bertie was helping care for 7 young kittens that had been abandoned. 

The poor disposed litter had been found on the side of the road, alone and starving. And they were only about 2 weeks old!

Thankfully, they were discovered and rushed to the nearest Battersea location. But at their young age, they needed to be bottle fed about every 2-3 hours. That is not something that can be done in the shelter usually as it is required around-the-clock. 

So the kittens were taken to the home of Battersea’s head nurse, Rachel. And Rachel just happened to be the wonderful woman who had adopted Bertie.

Little did she know that Bertie would welcome the role of caretaker for the neonates!

But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing a black Labrador dog, you know they are extremely smart. My own family was blessed with Kelly, who even threw her paw over her eyes to “act shy” for a treat.

So when Bertie began taking an interest in the kittens, Rachel’s motherly pride swelled. 

Battersea Head Nurse, Rachel said: “As a former Battersea resident himself, there’s something particularly touching about seeing a rescue pet now helping to rescue other animals in need. I’m incredibly proud of Bertie for the way he has cared for the kittens over the last few weeks. At less than two years old, he’s barely an adult himself, but you wouldn’t think it when you see how incredibly patient and nurturing he has been.

Each day went by with more and more adorable photos of the growing mixed family.

However, in fostering, the inevitable day will come when the animals head off to their forever homes. 

Just as these lucky seven kittens eventually did. Once Rachel and Bertie bestowed all the love and experience on them they could, the kittens “graduated”. They were brought back to the Battersea location and all found the purrfect families.

And yes, Bertie is fine now that they have moved on. I’m wondering if this will become a regular thing now for sweet Bertie though?! Fingers and paws crossed!

All photos property of Battersea

REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR & AS ALWAYS, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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