A Mother’s Day Story Like No Other
Chihuahua Saves Orphaned Kitten in Twenty Degree Temps
An unlikely mother and baby pairing proves that love has no bounds. Found nursing a tiny kitten in Barstow, California, a Longhaired Chihuahua canine has redefined the mother/son bond. The pair was discovered by neighbors of a family who had moved away in early January, 2014. The adorable twosome were turned in to the Barstow Humane Society days later and arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center to begin the next step of their journey.
The Orphaned Pair’s Journey
The road traveled by an orphan animal is often filled with mistreatment, loneliness and fear. How each of these creatures adapts to their challenging circumstances becomes a major factor in their unique personalities 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.
They love each other. That’s all there is to it.
“This incredible little family really demonstrated 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.”
Beignet and Gumbo’s Story Goes Worldwide
Their inspiring story, featured on Yahoo.com, Tuesday, March 4, ignited the Center’s website, receiving over 28,000 visits in less than 24 hours. The canine mom with her kitten son are truly touched hearts across the world with international interest from countries such as Switzerland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile and Finland. Donations for the pair came in from across the country and calls and inquiries have arrived from as far away as Kentucky, New York, Guam and the Philippines. To find the “purrfect” family for the adorable duo, the Center required a 300 word-or-less essay to accompany each application, stating why Beignet and Gumbo would be best suited to the potential adopter.
Beignet and Gumbo Adopted!
The Center received dozens of incredible, heartfelt essays from families across the country who were interested in adopting Beignet and Gumbo. An incredibly doting husband and wife team of empty-nesters from Chula Vista, California, were selected from the essays and are excited to start a new family with Beignet and Gumbo.
Below are photos from when Beignet and Gumbo were here at the Center. As you can see, they are quite the lovable pair, and will be so for the rest of their lives! Congratulations to this sweet mother and son on their new forever family!