Staff members at the Homeless Animal Adoption League (HAAL) in New Jersey thought they knew what to expect when receiving a call about a mom and her kittens found abandoned on the side of the road. Instead, they ended up with quite the surprise.
“We received a call about abandoned kittens in a laundry basket left on the curb on a street in East Orange,” said Joan LoGreco of HAAL. “We don’t usually do street rescues but the area was close to our shelter and it was starting to rain so we decided to go take a look.”
After venturing out in the cold to search, rescuers finally found an abandoned bin on the curb. Inside was a mother cat and 6 kittens.
“Mom was quiet, and looked up as if to say thank God you found us,” wrote the shelter on its Facebook page.
Without hesitation, the rescuers took the family of felines straight to the shelter, where they would feed them and take care of them. But when it was time to examine the mother cat, they got the shock of their lives.
…Mom cat was actually a male. “Mom was not a mom at all,” wrote the shelter. “That sweet cat taking care of those babies was a male. He could have been the Dad or a big brother from another litter, but to those little kittens he was their protector and surrogate mom.”