We think it’s time for the dog and cat lovers everywhere to agree and put aside their differences, as this time around, you are about to witness a sweet dog that took a pair of shy kittens under her care, or as one would say, temporarily “adopted” them.
The dog named Kona has recently become viral on Instagram because of some very wholesome videos and pictures that her owner posted on the platform. Kona’s owners decided to foster two kittens, Chester and Blair, that were about 10-12 weeks old and were found in the same backyard in New York City in December of last year.
Given all these circumstances, and the fact that before Chester and Blair arrived, Kona was kitten-free for around 3 days, it was just a matter of time before the three of them bonded, as Kona was heavily determined and knew exactly what each kitten needed.
Of course, knowing that Asa has fostered over 164 animals and found them their forever homes, we were interested in the reason as to why Kona’s owner decided to start fostering animals in the first place.
“Fostering is my way of giving back to the animals. I’ve always loved dogs since I grew up with 3 of them (4 at one point). I had kind of a broken family and my dogs were the one constant in life, and as an only child, I leaned on them a lot for consolation. They brought me so much joy throughout my childhood and I knew I wanted to give back somehow, and fostering is my way of giving back.”
Kona is such a wonderful, selfless dog, that we couldn’t help but be curious about what pushed Kona to become a mama for other animals as well.
“It happened naturally! And it actually blossomed more the longer I fostered. With the first foster kitten she met, she was very excited, but she bonded with her more like a friend rather than as a foster mom. Then, as I fostered more babies (both puppies and kittens), she started to develop more of a babysitter role, and eventually a mama!”
Seeing all these pictures, we can’t deny that Kona, Blair, and Chester have a special bond between them, so we asked Asa if she had any idea as to why these three bonded so well.
“I think maybe she sensed that these two were a lot more reserved and undersocialized than the other kittens we’ve fostered recently. She really has the magic touch! I’ve had them for 6 weeks now and they still run away from me (socializing has been quite a slow process for them) but with Kona, they gravitated towards her the moment they saw her on their first days here. Blair used to try to nurse on Kona the first couple of weeks, I’m not sure if it was Blair’s way of finding comfort in this new environment, but Kona just patiently laid and let her nibble on her.”