LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The City of LaGrange Animal Shelter found a way to keep two puppies healthy after their mom was killed by a car. Thursday, workers recovered two orphaned puppies and their deceased mom from the side of the road on Thornton Street.
When Officer Casey Olsen brought them back to the office, the team decided to pair them with two mother cats who were nursing new litters.
"Each mother cat took the puppies in as her own," Animal Services Supervisor Officer Chris Bussey said.
He said the kittens are also taking well to their new friends. "They're all just sleeping together. It's just another brother or sister to them."
Officer Bussey said one mother cat has five kittens and the other has six. He said they've been at the shelter since the beginning of this week.
The puppies will continue to nurse with their surrogate mothers until for another two weeks. They will all be taken to Puppy Pipeline in Roswell where Officer Bussey said will have another veterinarian.
Photos | Cat moms care for orphaned puppies
This isn't a program the shelter has, it just happened organically. Officer Bussey said they've gotten an outpouring of support for the unlikely pairs on social media.
The LaGrange Animal Shelter takes in animals from the LaGrange Police Department, the Troup County Sherriff's Office and the Hogansville Police Department. They also accept animals from citizens. Officer Bussey said they participate in rescues and have already rescued 100 animals this month.