Mount Pleasant, South Carolina resident Shannon Williams found herself caring for a litter of motherless kittens after her daughter found them in the woods behind her home. However, it was her five-year-old Boston Terrier that truly surprised the family by nurturing and raising the litter of kittens, despite a documented fear of cats.
As soon as she started caring for the kittens, William's Boston Terrier named Memory took an interest. Intrigued by the attention, as Memory had both exhibited a fear of cats with Williams and a previous owner, she set the litter of kittens on Memory's dog bed. She immediately started cuddling the kittens.
Even more surprising was a week later when she started nursing them. Williams had purchased kitten milk to feed the litter, but Memory's milk can in and she helped share the job. Considering that Memory had never been pregnant or cared for a litter of her own, everyone was utterly shocked.
Soon mothering became a full time job for Memory. She was very territorial of the kittens and spent her time nursing them, cleaning them and carrying them around just like they were her very own litter. She stopped sleeping with her petparents and spent the majority of her time carrying for her litter of loving kittens.
Memory continued to care for the kittens for two months until they were old enough to be adopted. Three of the four of the litter were given to the good homes of neighbors, but Memory started to get depressed as her litter diminished. Shannon Williams made the decision to keep the last remaining kitten to remain a lifelong companion to her loving dog mama.
Williams posted this video detailing Memory and her time with her litter of kittens, including a written introduction to the story on Youtube.
“Kittens found in woods cold and wet at about 1 week of age. My Boston Terrier started taking care of them from the minute she saw them. Including nursing them and “yes” she did start producing milk.”