Flora the 100-pound Malamute and Dexter the cat were best friends. The two were inseparable, always cuddling up with each other for a nap. Sadly, at the age of 20, Dexter passed away, leaving Flora depressed. Flora’s family, the Williams’ of Kanab, Utah, didn’t think she would ever recover.
“Flora was beyond heartbroken. She spent many weeks outside, howling and depressed. It was really sad,” Flora’s mom Jill Williams told Mother Nature Network.
The Williams’ didn’t waste any time trying to heal Flora’s, broken heart. Having adopted Dexter from Best Friends Animal Society, they decided to adopt two young cats, but Flora was still heartbroken. But when four kittens, Iggy, Bowie, Roxy, and Glamour, were saved by Best Friends Animal Society, the family decided to foster the little ones. And just like that, Flora’s heart started to heal.
The family created a special place in one of their children’s bedrooms, including cat beds, toys, and bowls for the foster kittens. But the little ones didn’t want that: they wanted Flora.
“Iggy was the first brave boy. He went right up to Flora and sniffed her nose. She gently brought her face down to meet his and got a huge smile on her face,” Williams said.
Flora would let the kittens smell her and then would lay there with a big smile. So sweet!
“I truly think Flora is the kitten whisperer,” Williams said. Certainly seems that way!
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And don’t worry, Flora won’t go too long without a kitty friend. The family plans to foster another batch of kittens in the future!
Has sweet Flora and her BFF kittens convinced you to try fostering? It’s an easy way to help animals while they wait to be adopted! Being able to place animals in foster homes frees up room in shelters, allowing for more animals to be saved. And because the shelter environment can be stressful for some animals, causing them to shy away from prospective adopters, giving them a temporary place to stay can help increase their chances of finding a new home.
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