Six orphaned Shih Tzu puppies from South Carolina have found an unconventional home with a family of Florida pit bulls.
According to WFLA, Kimberleigh Kernon, founder of Pasco County's Saving Grace Animal Rescue, recently rescued a young pit bull named Nena who'd lost six of her eight puppies and was left heartbroken with a surplus of milk.
Kernon thought the best way to help Nena cope would be to pair her with puppies who were in need of a mother.
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"It just so happened that night that someone sent me a Facebook link that there were orphans in South Carolina whose mother had gotten hit by a car," Kernon told WFLA.
The days-old Shih Tzu-poodle mix pups were transported to Florida. Nena now nurses them alongside her own two babies, and will care for them until they are ready to be put up for adoption.
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This is just one of many instances of canine moms adopting orphans. An Indiana dog named Bertha who lost her puppies shortly after the Oklahoma tornadoes become a foster parent for a motherless litter.
For more photos of Nena and her puppies, check out Saving Grace Animal Rescue's Facebook page.
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