One hot summer night last August, Vincent from Santa Ana, California, was relaxing at home when he noticed an intruder in the house. It wasn’t anyone threatening though, it was a stray cat named Tala.
Tala, who had presumably broken into the home through the doggy door that his Chihuahua uses, was just looking up at him was a young female cat.
Vincent said the cat was very friendly and he decided to take her in until he could find her owners.
Vincent was shocked when Tala jumped back outside the doggy door and returned with a tiny kitten. Once she was settled in, she was out the door again to bring another kitten inside.
Vincent set up a box with some towels inside the door to keep the family comfortable for the night. He then put a call into the local animal rescue groups on Facebook. The kittens just kept on coming.
“By the time he went to bed that night, she had brought three kittens into the house,” Jacqueline Santiago, member of Friends For Life Rescue Network said. “When he woke up the next morning, there was five total.”
Vincent was happy to host the family of six, but his Chihuahua was a little surprised since he is the only one who typically uses the doggy door.
“I think the dog realized Tala needed help and didn’t seem to mind the company,” Santiago said. “He was very sweet to them, sniffing the babies especially. Tala was completely unafraid — somehow she knew it was a safe place to bring her kittens.”
Santiago helped coordinate a local foster for Tala and her kittens, which took about a week. The kittens were only 4-weeks-old at the time, and the foster made sure they got vaccinated and treated for fleas after their life on the street.
Tala was so comfortable around people and dogs, Santiago thought she had been someone’s pet at one time. The rescue scanned her for a microchip, but she didn’t have one.
“She’s an amazing little girl and loves chin scratches,” Santiago said.
Tala’s kittens have found homes, but Tala is still waiting at her foster home for a forever family of her own.
“She’s such a sweet cat,” Santiago added. “She absolutely loves her foster dad — she stares at him with these huge loving eyes. I think she really likes men since she originally went into Vincent’s house.”
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