Dog Helps Rescue Abandoned Mama Cat and Her Two Kittens

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Lillian the kitten and her mother Lily


A Mama cat and her two kittens abandoned in their carrier were rescued when a Good Samaritan’s dog led her to them. One kitten has since been adopted and the other kitten and Mama kitty are ready for their new homes.

The woman is a former staffer at the Nevada Humane Society, which took the cats in and says they are now ready for adoption into good homes.

NHS tells the story:

An Abandoned Cat and Kittens Rescued by Loki the Dog Now Available for Adoption at Nevada Humane Society

Recently, an adorable silver cat and her two tiny kittens were rescued due to the keen senses of young Loki, a dog rescued from Nevada Humane Society, and his person, Beata Liebetruth, the former Animal Help Desk Manager at Nevada Humane Society. It happened when the two were out for their regular evening walk and approached the edge of a vacant lot. Loki began sniffing insistently at the fence, alerting Beata to a small animal carrier on the other side.

Beata couldn’t reach the carrier so she utilized a long stick to move it—hearing a soft meow in response. She flagged down a truck that was passing by, and the kind driver agreed to help. He climbed over the fence to remove the carrier, which held a young mother cat and her two babies that barely fit inside. The driver also allowed Beata to use his cell phone to call Washoe County Regional Animal Services, who asked that she take them home until they could come by to get them.

Once home, Beata transferred the cat and kittens into a larger crate and fed them. While doing this, her neighbors came over to say hello, heard her story, and decided to adopt one of the kittens on the spot. Beata then reached out to Nevada Humane Society to let them know what was going on and to alert them of the arrival of the remaining kitten, Lillian, and her mother, Lily.

Animal Services held the abandoned pets for the required five days, but when no one came to reclaim them, they were transferred to Nevada Humane Society. Lillian was too small for adoption, so they went into a foster home temporarily. This week, both Lillian and Lily will be spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and then made available for adoption.

During the holidays one could reason why such an individual would put the cat into a carrier and leave them in an empty lot; or one could focus on the positive. Beata chose that route, sharing this quote from Mister Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

As the many unexpected heroes of this story emerge, Nevada Humane Society encourages people to reflect on the good — and to admire the unconditional love that animals offer.


Bonney Brown wrote in a blog post for the Nevada Humane Society:

This story has many helpers—heroes really. There’s Loki (the dog), and Beata, the man in the pick-up truck, the neighbors who opened their hearts and home to one of the kittens, the animal services officer who took the cat and remaining kitten to the shelter, and the Nevada Humane Society vets and staff who took care of them and will find them loving homes.

If you would like to adopt Lilly or Lillian, or both, or donate to help other dogs and cats, please call 775-856-2000. Nevada Humane Society is open for adoptions (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day) Sunday to Friday from 11am to 6:30pm and an hour earlier at 10am on Saturdays. For more information about Nevada Humane Society, visit or call 775-856-2000.

2 thoughts on “Dog Helps Rescue Abandoned Mama Cat and Her Two Kittens”

  1. I am so happy that these beautiful cats were rescued but I have to say to anyone who might read this and ever consider abandoning cats like in this story, please. don’t. Please take them to a shelter and surrender them so they are at least cared for. Please for kindness sake and your karma. Animals’ lives are precious too.

  2. Locked in a carrier? What kind of person would do that? Those poor cats were certainly locked in there waiting for death. They were really lucky to be found by such good people.

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