Shy kittens find solace and protection as they gather the courage to interact with humans, all thanks to the nurturing presence of a dog.

Kona’s parents opted to foster two kittens, Chester and Blair, who were found in the same backyard in New York City in December last year at the age of 10-12 weeks. Given these conditions, and the fact that Kona had been kitten-free for around three days before Chester and Blair came.

We were naturally curious as to why Kona’s owner opted to start fostering animals in the first place, knowing that Asa had fostered over 164 animals and given them permanent homes. “It’s my way of giving back to the animals via fostering.” I’ve always adored dogs, having grown up with three of them (4 at one point). I grew up in a shattered household, and my dogs were the one consistency in my life. As an only child, I relied heavily on them for comfort. They gave me so much joy throughout my youth that I knew I wanted to repay them in some manner, and fostering is my way of doing so.” Kona is such a great, altruistic dog that we couldn’t help but wonder what compelled her to become a mom to other creatures. “It just occurred!” says the narrator. And the longer I nurtured it, the more it grew.
She was ecstatic when she first met a foster kitten, but she bonded with her more as a friend than a foster mother. Then, as I began to foster more kids (both pups and kittens), she began to take on more of a caretaker role, finally becoming a mom!” We couldn’t deny that Kona, Blair, and Chester have a unique relationship after seeing all of these photos, so we asked Asa if she had any insight into why they connected so well. “I believe she felt that these two kittens were more reclusive and undersocialized than the others we’d lately fostered. She truly possesses a magical touch! They’ve been with me for 6 weeks and still run away from me (socialization has been hard for them), but they attracted towards Kona the instant they spotted her on their first days here.


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