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A stray cat and her litter of three were brought in to a shelter in Houston, Texas. Two of the kittens came with just three paws.

Laura Hernandez

Staff at Barc Animal Shelter (in Houston, Texas) reached out to their partner rescuers at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (RMFR) in Denver, Colorado as the kittens needed special care.

"They called us and let us know that they received a mother and litter in that included two kittens that had part of their left back leg missing. This could have been from a bite or getting caught in something," Anna Suda of RMFR told Love Meow.

The rescue recognized the urgency of their condition and offered to take them so they could start them on treatment and provide medical attention they desperately needed.

Barc Animal Shelter

"At this time, the kittens were only two weeks old roughly. We wanted to ensure we could get started on treating and caring for them immediately."

After the family of four arrived at RMFR, their Foster Coordinator took them home to work out a regimen on their treatment. They would be transferred to a long-term foster once they were stable.

Laura Hernandez

The cat momma, Caress, was glad to get some help. "The mother was super focused on caring for them but also fine with us handling her babies. She's a great mother."

The kittens (Crissy, Crawford, Cassidy) have a lot of growing to do. Despite missing a paw, Crissy and Crawford don't let anything stop them.

Laura Hernandez

The 3-pawed kitties will undergo surgery on their impacted limbs to prevent infections once they are big enough.

Laura Hernandez, a foster volunteer, stepped up to be their caretaker for the rest of their foster journey and recovery after surgery.

Laura Hernandez

Crissy and Crawford are playful and rambunctious just like any 4-legged kitten. "The two babies with a missing leg walk and play around like normal. They're a bit more clumsy but they're getting a hang of things," Laura told Love Meow.

Watch this little family in this adorable video:

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"All the kittens love getting picked up and pet. As of right now, their eyes are slowly changing colors. We can't wait to see what their permanent colors will be!"

Laura Hernandez

"Momma is very affectionate with people, she loves to show off her babies and purr loudly every time you pet her."

She is teaching her babies skills - how to be a big kitty. The trio follows in their mom's paw-steps, growing in size and feline wisdom.

Laura Hernandez

"Once they have their surgery (and are spayed/neutered), they will go back into foster for two weeks until they are fully healed. They will then be ready for adoption."

This special little family is now thriving in foster care thanks to their rescuers who went the extra mile to save them so they could all have a chance at a forever home.

Laura Hernandez

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A family was surprised to find a litter of kittens in their chicken coop. The cat mom had brought them there to keep them safe.

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

Last week, Here Kitty Kitty Rescue in Elkhart, Indiana received a call about four kittens found in a chicken coop. A stray cat had moved them there to protect them from coyotes.

"The finder did not even know there was a cat on their property. When they went to their chicken coop, they found the poor momma attacked by a coyote and the babies still in the chicken coop," Missy of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue told Love Meow.

"They called their vet when they found the orphaned babies, and their vet recommended they call us. Of course, we agreed to help!"

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

Sadly, the cat mom didn't survive, but she left behind four kittens that were completely protected inside the chicken coop. "The kittens were rescued by a wonderful lady and were bottle fed until she could get them into our rescue," Missy said.

Jennifer Gillispie, founder of Here Kitty Kitty Rescue, took them home to foster and started round-the-clock feedings. The little tabbies took to their bottles like champs and began to show affection toward their caretakers.

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

Around the same time, the rescue took in three other orphaned kittens that came from their local Humane shelter.

Two of them are siblings, and the little tabby joined them after he was found by himself.

The kitten who was found aloneHere Kitty Kitty Rescue

They are around the same age and size as the chicken coop kittens.

The rescue decided to put them together to see if they would accept each other.

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

The litter of four snuggled right up to their new litter mates and began rumbling with their adorable purrs, forming the cutest little purr symphony. Despite being from different mothers, the kittens get along swimmingly and have become one big family.

"They get along perfectly. They all love each other," Missy said.

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

At 3.5 weeks old, the kitties are starting to explore, exercise their little legs and wrestle and tumble with each other.

Now, the litter of four has expanded into an adorable patchwork family of seven.

Here Kitty Kitty Rescue

Follow these kitties' updates on Here Kitty Kitty Rescue Facebook page.

Watch this cute video:

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Three kittens were saved from a burned house. Their rescuer didn't stop there.

She went back to find their remaining sibling.

The Cat House on the Kings

Early Saturday morning, The Cat House on the Kings was contacted by the Fresno Fire Department personnel about a litter of kittens trapped in the wreckage of a burned structure.

"There was a duplex fire in Fresno, California. A total of 40 firefighters were called to the scene in order to put out the fire," Harvie Schreiber of the Cat House on the Kings told Love Meow. "Fire personnel contacted us because there were kittens meowing in the wreckage."

Cindy Unruh, a volunteer of the Cat House, immediately rushed to the location to aid in the search for the kittens.

The Cat House on the Kings

With help from the neighbors, they found three tiny kittens huddled up together in the wreckage. They were wet from the water used to put out the fire.

Once Cindy got them in a box, she was on her way back to the rescue. "She was soon headed 40 minutes away to the Cat House."

The Cat House on the Kings

A few hours later, another call came in when a fourth kitten had been located at the burned duplex. Cindy wasted no time and rushed back to find the remaining sibling.

After some hisses, the 4th kitty was finally in the safe hands of the rescuer.

The Cat House on the Kings

The little gray kitty was so happy to be reunited with the rest of the litter.

"The kittens are bottle babies and arrived scared, hissy, wet, a bit sooty and smelling like smoke from the fire," Harvie told Love Meow.

After getting a full belly, the kitties quickly warmed up to the staff and volunteers.

The Cat House on the Kings

Cindy is working with the kind neighbors to find and trap the mother cat, hoping to reunite her with her kittens. Meanwhile, Jacky Dominguez, a vet tech at the Cat House, is fostering the little family.

"They have been nicknamed the 'Lil Smokies.'"

The Cat House on the Kings

"Despite their rough start in life, the kittens are doing well in foster care. They are drinking mostly kitten formula and enjoying some play time with a few toys," Jacky told Love Meow.

"They don't seem to have any injury from the fire and are very happy kittens."

The Cat House on the Kings

The four little bundles of fur are loving their warm beds, new toys and plenty of cuddles from their human friends.

The Cat House on the Kings

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This little kitten was born very special. He is determined to live and thrive.

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

Rachel Lienemann, director of Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue, was contacted about a special needs kitten, who had been born to a stray cat at a shelter. His sibling didn't make it, but he was hanging in there, fighting to live.

"We take in special needs animals throughout Texas. We focus on the underdog," Rachel told Love Meow. "He has a cleft in the front of his hard palate, a unilateral cleft lip, and he was born without a functional nose and is most likely missing his right eye."

Rachel took him in and immediately started tube-feeding him every hour around the clock. The little guy whom they named baby Voldemort or Voldy, took to his feedings like a champ and put on 0.7 ounces overnight.

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

"I kept telling myself, 'if he lives through the first 24 hours, I will be more hopeful,' then it became 'if he lives to be a week old, I'm sure he will make it,'" Rachel added.

Little Voldy moved around his bedding, meowed whenever he wanted food, showing a lot of vitality and signs as a bubbly newborn.

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

"He is sassy. If I am even a couple minutes late to feed him at night he will let me know. He absolutely loves belly rubs," Rachel said.

"The fact that he is gaining weight and active shows us that he is a fighter. He wants to live, too."

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

Within a week, the little tabby boy went from weighing 63 grams to well over 100 grams. His lungs sounded clear, and his energy simply soared.

"Every day has been a milestone," Rachel told Love Meow. "He wants everyone to know that he is not going anywhere."

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

They are working closely with veterinarians to explore options when it comes to his nasal breathing.

"He breathes through his cleft lip but with his mouth closed. We have more than one vet researching options for him now," she said. "They have assessed him and believe that he has hope of a good future."

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

"Cleft palate babies should never be allowed to nurse or be bottle fed as they will aspirate and die quickly. Tube-feeding is the only way to save them. Not many people know how or are comfortable tube feeding, which is one of the reasons we started getting these cleft palate babies," Rachel told Love Meow.

"There is a huge lack of awareness that they can thrive with the right TLC. They need to be in the hands of an experienced rescuer and they too, can thrive."

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

Little Voldy just turned one week today. He's doing very well and continues to make strides every day.

"We are going to do everything we can to get this baby boy to have a good quality of life."

Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue

Follow updates on little Voldy on Facebook.

Watch his journey in this video:

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A little scrawny kitten was given a new lease on life when a family took him home and nursed him back to health.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

Puck the kitten and his brother were brought in to North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angels after they were picked up as strays. They were both in poor shape, and Puck's brother sadly lost his fight.

The Rescue Team, a local rescue group, took Puck into their care and transported him to a foster home so he could get a chance at a better life. "He was underweight, lethargic and severely anemic due to being completely covered in fleas," Sarah, a foster volunteer of the rescue, told Love Meow.

Sarah and her 11-year-old son, Remy, worked together to nurse the little guy back from the brink.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

The tabby boy was just skin and bones and too weak to eat on his own. The mother and son team kept him hydrated with fluids and syringe-fed him every few hours.

After 48 hours of round-the-clock care, little Puck bounced back.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

"He ate a little out of my hand and drank a little bowl of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) all on his own. He was also showing a lot more energy and signs of playfulness."

A few days later, Puck was back on his paws, walked right up to his food bowl and started chowing down on his meal all by himself.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

"He started eating on his own for the first time and started playing for the first time. This little man has come such a long way in just a few days," Sarah said.

With his new-found energy, Puck began to gravitate toward his foster family and follow them around the house, cuddling, purring and playing.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

He asked for more cuddle sessions as he got bigger and stronger. Soon, he figured out his favorite napping spot - a warm lap.

Watch Puck's journey in this adorable video:

Rescued kitten at foster home - YouTube
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Puck adores everyone, especially Remy.

Every time he tries to do his homework, the little tabby comes running to offer some "help."

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

The tabby has really blossomed in foster care.

He's gone from that scrawny, sick kitty to now a pudgy, playful love-bug.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

Remy has a soft spot for kitties in need. Whenever Puck wants cuddles, he's always there to offer them.

Little Puck is now ready for his next chapter of life - a forever loving home.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

They gave the kitty a second chance at life, and he turned into an adorable cuddle-bug, showering everyone with affection and purrs.

Sarah And Remy @cuddlecrewfosters

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A very timid pregnant cat was curled up in a corner at the shelter until someone saw her and turned her life around.

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

A pregnant cat was brought in to a shelter in Central California, needing rescue. She was very shy, sitting in the back of her kennel, trying to hide. She was thought to be feral and placed in a room full of other animals, due to limited space.

When Dr. Rudiger of Nine Lives Foundation saw the frightened feline sitting alone in the corner of her cage, she knew she had to help her. "Her defensive body language - flattened ears, hunched body posture and fearful eyes were so misleading," Nine Lives Foundation said.

"The constant noise of barking puppies/dogs from kennels nearby caused her to retreat, shying away from human touch - thereby 'acting feral.'"

Nine Lives Foundation

Dr. Rudiger pulled her from the facility and took her to Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, California. Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue immediately offered to foster, so the momma would be able to raise her kittens in the comfort of a loving home.

They named her Kate, and she spent the first couple of days hiding underneath a couch. But with each passing day, her confidence grew.

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Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

"We would leave food for her and sit there with her while she ate. She warmed up to us after we spent some time with her," Thoa Bui of Mini Cat Town told Love Meow. "It took about a week of quiet time in the kitten room before she started to get really comfortable with us."

When that happened, Kate just blossomed. She snuggled right up to her foster mom and purred up a storm.

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

"She's adorable, has an inordinately stubby tail… She has really come out of her shell. She comes up to us for pets, loves attention, and purrs endlessly."

A couple of weeks later, Kate gave birth to five beautiful, healthy kittens — three boys and two girls.

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

She jumped right into her role as a doting cat mom, nursing and caring for her babies around the clock. Soon, it became clear that her milk supply was low and she would need extra help.

Watch Kate's rescue journey in this video:

Shy cat rescued from shelter really comes around - YouTube
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Thoa and her sisters immediately started supplementing the babies with kitten formula.

"She gave birth a little early and not all of her milk had come in yet. So every few hours, we crawled into the crate to help her feed them," Thoa said.

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

Every time they came in to feed the babies, Mama Kate would knead away with her happy paws and fill the room with purrs. Over the next few days, the kittens really packed on the grams.

"Kate is very attentive and takes really good care of them. We'll weigh the kittens, and when they meow, she will come out and carry them back into their bed."

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

"Everyone is doing well, nursing, gaining weight, and getting furrier. Kate is eating a ton and her milk has finally come in," Thoa told Love Meow.

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

All it took was a quiet room and a little kindness, and Kate came out of her shell and blossomed.

Look at her now!

Mini Cat Town Kitten Rescue

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A kitten who became the sole survivor of his litter, found a new family with three feline sisters.

Jin's Bottle Babies

Smokey, a gray kitten, was found in a backyard along with his siblings — one of them had passed and the other was fading. A local TNR (trap-neuter-return) rescuer wasted no time and started bottle feeding the remaining two kittens until they found them a foster home.

Shelbi Uyehara of Jin's Bottle Babies in Arizona took them into her care. Overnight, Smokey put on 18 grams. "He started purring early. Like the first day we got him, he already had a ferocious purr. That's always a good sign to me," Shelbi told Love Meow.

Despite their very best effort, Smokey's brother Bandit lost his fight. The little gray kitty became a singleton, constantly seeking attention and love.

He clutched onto his snuggly teddy bear every day and night after feedings.

Jin's Bottle Babies

While Smokey continued to grow bigger and stronger, it was clear that he really missed having a sibling around. Their resident cat Nitro came to offer a helping paw to keep him clean and groomed.

A few days later, three feline sisters (Ana, Kristina, and Daniela) were brought in after they were rescued from a difficult situation. The kittens were covered in dust and needed help to clear their airways.

Jin's Bottle Babies

After many days of round-the-clock care, the trio bounced back, put on a lot of weight and were meowing and moving around like champs.

Meanwhile, Smokey had blossomed into an adorable bundle of fluff, but they knew he needed a friend to thrive. Shelbi made a decision to introduce him to the sisters and hoped they would accept him.

Jin's Bottle Babies

"I was really worried to put him in with them because they're much younger and smaller than him," Shelbi told Love Meow.

But Smokey was determined to not be a singleton any more. He switched on his purr motor and was very gentle and sweet with his new friends.

The sisters immediately gravitated toward him and rolled up on him for cuddles.

Jin's Bottle Babies

"At first it seems like they thought he was mom. He was so massive. But now he's taken the big brother role. They crawl all over him, and he just lays there on his back," Shelbi told Love Meow.

"I think he's just happy to not be alone... He's happy to have friends."

Watch his rescue journey in this video:

Orphaned kitten finds 3 rescued kitties as family - YouTube
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Smokey has become the protective little brother to his three sisters from another mother.

He adores them and never leaves their side.

Jin's Bottle Babies

"Such a sweet relationship has developed in their playpen, and every time I go in there, they're all piled on top of each other."

Jin's Bottle Babies

Despite a rough beginning, little Smokey is thriving with his sisters and following them everywhere they go.

Jin's Bottle Babies

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A stray cat was found cuddling with her newborn kittens on a cold, rainy day. She kept them safe until help arrived.

Athina @rukasthecat

Athina Selena of Jersey Kitty Nonprofit (in New Jersey) received a message about a cat who had just given birth outside under the doorsteps. "The momma cat was protecting her babies. It was dreadful outside, cold and rainy," Athina told Love Meow.

She immediately sent out a plea via social media and started looking for a foster home that would be able to take in this little family. After getting a couple of offers from volunteers, they began their rescue mission.

"I went ahead and got out to the location to see what was going on. Momma was exactly where she had given birth. I put the babies inside the carrier and hoped she would go inside and stay with them, but she went in and started moving the babies back."

Athina @rukasthecat

After a quick look-around the neighborhood, they noticed a colony of cats living in the area. They were mostly ginger, and the number would only multiply as kitten season had already begun. "There were so many cats, and they were actively mating."

Athina reached out to a local TNR (trap-neuter-return) rescuer, Morgan, to aid her in the process.

Athina @rukasthecat

"When Morgan showed up (with a humane trap), we placed the babies in the carrier and put them behind the trap with a blanket over it. Momma cat always stayed nearby. She knew where the babies were," Athina said.

As she heard the kittens meowing, she slowly walked toward them and into the trap. "After three hours in the rain and cold, everyone was safe and sound."

Athina @rukasthecat

The rescue team breathed a sigh of relief knowing that this little family would not suffer another day on the street.

"Once we got home, I let her relax and left her alone with her babies. Momma appeared to be feral so I did not want to stress her out. I made sure she had enough food for the night before I headed to bed," Athina told Love Meow.

Athina @rukasthecat

The next morning, as Athina went to check on the feline family, she was surprised by what she discovered — there was a fifth baby that hadn't been there the day before.

Watch their rescue journey in this video:

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The cat mom was still in labor during the rescue, and had her last kitten in the comfort of a safe home. Some of these kittens might not have made it if they were left out in the rain. "Morgan and I will be heading back to spay and neuter the other cats to stop the cycle," Athina told Love Meow.

Now, all five of them are snuggling comfortably next to their doting mama in a warm bed.

Athina @rukasthecat

"They have been at a foster home for a few days, and the cat momma seems to be much more comfortable. The babies are thriving."

Athina @rukasthecat

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This kitten was just the size of a tennis ball. He struggled to grow during the first four weeks of his life.

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

Hamish the kitten was brought to The Arlington Welfare League Kitten Academy along with his litter mates. He was stuck at five ounces while his siblings were well over one pound. Being less than 1/3 their size, the rescue knew he needed more help than they could provide.

"They reached out to me as he was not thriving in his current situation despite the care provided. They just could not get him to grow," Ellen Carozza, a Feline Licensed Veterinary Technician at Nova Cat Clinic told Love Meow.

He was so small, missing hair on his tail and had a bloated belly that needed medical attention. Despite being a bit rough around the edges, the pocket-sized kitten had a strong meow and will to live.

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

"We started some further diagnostics to find out he had a GI (Gastro-Intestinal) infection and slow gut mobility. The vets at NOVA Cat started him on one of our critical kitten protocols for the issue," Ellen said.

It took Hamish three days before he found his purr. As he felt better and more comfortable, he began to seek affection.

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

"He started to head boop, and now he knows I'm his person that cares for him and he loves to be in my pocket at work or on the couch in the evenings with us watching TV," Ellen told Love Meow.

Hamish is so tiny and young. To keep him warm and comfy, he's placed in an incubator, which helps regulate his body temperature, when he naps.

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

Ellen uses a toothbrush to groom the kitten as a way to emulate how a cat mother grooms her babies.

"Grooming is part of their emotional care, not just their physical needs. Just like a person who doesn't feel well, getting a bath or a shower is welcoming and feels good. Kittens thrive on comfort and care, and that includes grooming by the person providing care."

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

Little Hamish comes to work with Ellen every day so he can be fed and cared for around the clock. "He eats about every three hours. He lets you know when he is hungry for sure," Ellen added.

"He gets to choose when he wants to eat solids on his own as his liquid diet is easier to digest with his condition. He has access to food and will eat when he is ready."

Hamish the size of a soup spoonEllen Carozza @thecatlvt

In just a few days, little Hamish really blossomed. He met two other rescued kittens, Adorabelle and Tolliver, and they became instant friends.

Watch Hamish's journey in this video:

Tiny rescued kitten is determined to grow - YouTube
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"Each day is a milestone for him in his personality blossoming. His favorite thing to do is eat and ride around in my scrub pocket."

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

Today, little Hamish weighed in at 10.5 ounces, more than doubled his weight from a week ago.

"He was sick, bloated, missing hair on his tail and had signs of a 'fever coat.' Despite his hard start, he is becoming a cat," Ellen told Love Meow. "He's learned how to purr, head boop, play with other kittens and enjoy being groomed."

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

Thanks to The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation at Nova Cat, rescued kittens like Hamish are able to receive the care they need to survive and thrive.

The little bundle of fur is filling out Ellen's pocket nicely as he continues to make strides every day.

Ellen Carozza @thecatlvt

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A rescued cat mother met a tiny orphaned puppy. She immediately took to him as her own.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

Charlie the pup was brought to a shelter in California City, needing rescue. Wrenn Rescues quickly responded and arranged transport to get the baby pup to Oaks Veterinary Urgent Care in Agoura Hills so he could receive medical attention he desperately needed.

At just a few days old, Charlie came with an injured leg, which will require surgery in the future. He was given antibiotics to fight off infections and a lot of TLC after the ordeal.

Jenifer Hurt, an experienced foster for neonatal kittens, took him home. "I've been bottle and tube feeding him for the past week. The most challenging part was trying to figure out how to care for him and what he needed," she told Love Meow.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

"This is my first neonatal puppy so Dr. Carin Ferdowsian and Dr. Rachel Wallach have been teaching me a lot about how to properly care for this little guy."

Charlie was fed every three hours and given pain meds and antibiotics. After overnight feedings, the little puppy gained a full ounce and began to perk up.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

Two days later, the rescue took in six little newborn kittens along with their calico cat mom.

After getting the mama vetted, they decided to try putting little Charlie with her to see if she would accept him.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

Having a surrogate mom does wonders to an orphan's health and development.

The cat mom started licking her new canine baby and instantly loving on him as her own. She wrapped her arms around him as he fell asleep on her.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

"She is such a good mom. She accepted him right away. Charlie isn't nursing on her too much so I'm still having to bottle feed but he is absolutely loving the company," Jenifer told Love Meow.

The little pup fit right into the litter and started snuggling with his new siblings.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

After each bottle feeding, Mama comes right over to wash his face, making sure he is well taken care of.

Little Charlie is so happy to have a doting mom who looks after him every step of the way.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

Charlie had a great night sleep with his little family last night, in a purr-filled cuddle-puddle.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

Today, he started opening his eyes to see for the first time.

With help from his feline family, Charlie is thriving in foster care.

Jenifer @mizz_rescue

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Watch their journey in this cute video:

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