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Stray dog gets reward for being foster mother to seven little kittens

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 May 2014

Schoolgirls found the kittens on waste land in Novosibirsk, and built a shelter.

'She took care of the kittens for three weeks, warmed them, kept them together, and growled at strangers, who come close to her 'children'.' Picture: Svetlana Udalyeva 

A local stray with German Shepherd blood took over the task of caring for the kittens, revealed local animal rescuer Svetlana Udalyeva. 'She took care of the kittens for three weeks, warmed them, kept them together, and growled at strangers, who come close to her 'children',' she said. 'The girls told how she tried not to eat the food they brought for the kittens.' They named her Mayka.

The schoolgirls managed to find homes for four of the kittens, said Svetlana who went to the scene to make sure all the animals were safe. 'I learned about this story and went to take the kittens to temporary housing, and find them owners,' she said. 

'The dog 'mother' turned out very nice, very young and sociable, with an almost 'smiling' look. She has perfect character, very friendly, cheerful. It seemed that she understood everything at a glance.'

Dog foster mother with her kittens


Stray dog Rada in front of the hut

'The dog 'mother' turned out very nice, very young and sociable, with an almost 'smiling' look. She has perfect character, very friendly, cheerful. It seemed that she understood everything at a glance.' Pictures: Svetlana Udalyeva

Svetlana realised that she had to help the dog after her foster mothering assignment was over. 'When I saw this nice 'smiling' dog, I realised that we must help her,' he said. 

'The girls had named her 'Mayka', but there is a tradition among animal defends which is that in a new life, they get a new name. She was very friendly and looked like she was 'smiling', as if she was rejoicing. So I called her 'Rada' (from the Russian word 'radovatsa' meaning 'feel joy'). 

Stray dog cares for kittens


Dog foster mother says good by to kittens


Stray dog Rada foster mother for kittens

Svetlana realised that she had to help the dog after her foster mothering assignment was over. 'When I saw this nice 'smiling' dog, I realised that we must help her,' he said.  Pictures: Svetlana Udalyeva

'As the story spread in social media, I got numerous calls, my cell-phone got really hot. We have now about 15 proposals from possible owners. As soon as Rada receives proper medical treatment she will move to new home, I hope.' 

Comments (1)

What a joy to read such heartwarming stories - animals are so 'knowing'. We have two wonderful 'rescue' greyhounds who were treated badly - but they know they are loved are have their own unique qualities. We have learnt so much from them.

God bless you Rada and with such a wonderful character you will bring happiness and joy to your new family.
Valentyna, Perth, Scotland
23/05/2014 12:22
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