Dog Separated From Her Puppies Nurses Kittens Instead
Esperanza was just 1 year old when she got separated from her puppies and ended up in a local shelter in Mexico. About the same time, a litter of kittens found their way into the same shelter, too. Their bond was instant.
Meet Esperanza, the shelter dog, who, having lost her puppies, decided to care for orphaned kittens
She had so much love to give, and the kittens needed her to survive
The kittens got so attached to their new mom, they would start crying each time she took a break to go outside
The new family was doing fine, but Esperanza and her babies needed a real home badly
Luckily for Esperanza, a family from the U.S. decided to adopt her
"We were on vacation in Playa Del Carmen in 2010," Evi Pover, Esperanza's owner, told The Dodo. "Three days in, we decided to pet kittens at Coco's Animal Welfare.
"As we were leaving, they asked if we'd like to see a dog who was nursing a litter of kittens. There was an instant bond between Esperanza and my son, so we decided to adopt her."
Pover made all the arrangements with the rescue to take Esperanza back to the U.S. as soon as she's done weaning her kittens.
After two weeks, Esperanza was flown to JFK International Airport in New York to meet her new family.
Though Esperanza was nervous at first, her eyes were full of hope
"My son ended up naming her Esperanza (Spanish for "Hope") because she gave hope to the kittens"
Coming from the streets, Espi didn't know how to be a dog yet, but the Povers were patient with her.
"When she first came to us, she did not know what dog food or toys were," said Pover
"We had to teach her. Now she hoards her toys and loves to play"
7 years fastforwad, Esperanza and Pover's son are the best of friends!
"She's been a blessing. She's a really special girl"
And the kittens Esperanza was nursing? They've all found loving homes, too!