Cat nurses four abandoned newborn puppies

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The Humane Society of Utah received four abandoned puppies who are nursing from a surrogate mother cat

A woman found a box on her car containing four newborn puppies April 21, 2015, in West Valley City. The puppies were quickly brought to the Humane Society of Utah at 3:30 p.m. where receiving department staff decided to put them with a surrogate cat mother to try and save their lives. Previously the same day, two cats were surrendered to the shelter: Kat, a pregnant brown tabby and Kit, a brown tabby who had recently nursed her own kittens and was still lactating.

The words, “Free, Mama past (sic) away, born on Friday,” was written on the cover of the box.

Abandoning live companion animals is a misdemeanor offense under the animal cruelty code 76-9-301. If unable to care for an animal, the HSU recommends contacting a local animal control service or shelter instead of abandoning the animal to suffer and potentially die.

“The puppies would not have survived into the night without food, so we’re lucky that the woman found them on her car when she did,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “Their survival is uncertain at this time since we do not know how long they have been without their mother or how long they were left in that box, but we’re very hopeful that they will make it.”

With the help of Kit, the puppies’ new surrogate mother, all four puppies are moving and feeding at the moment. HSU staff is optimistic and have started looking for a foster volunteer who can take them home and look after this unique family.

At 6 p.m., Kat went into labor and is delivering her own kittens.

Motherly attention and care from Kit will be supplemented with any necessary care from the HSU foster volunteer over the next few weeks. Kit and her puppies, as well as Kat and her own kittens, will be available for adoption in the next 12 weeks. Adoption listings for available animals may be found at