Adoption Lottery Held for Mother Cat, and the Puppies She Nursed

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After word spread about a loving shelter cat who accepted two premature Chihuahua puppies to nurse as her own, an outpouring of admiration has been so strong that a lottery-style drawing will be held to adopt them out. (iStock)

After word spread about a loving shelter cat who accepted two premature Chihuahua puppies to nurse as her own, an outpouring of admiration has been so strong that a lottery-style drawing will be held to adopt them out.

The SPCA of Brevard in Titusville has been inundated with requests to adopt the puppies, 2-year-old Nessy the Siamese mix, and her four kittens.

"I've had hundreds of emails and they have been calling the phone center like crazy," SPCA spokeswoman Susan Naylor told the Florida Today newspaper.

Shelter staff said the two puppies - one male, one female - had little chance of survival after they were rejected by their mother hours after being born hairless and thin. So they introduced the pups to Nessy, who was nursing her own brood. “And she loved them,” SPCA coordinator Debra Cantwell told a local TV station in March.

Adoption applications are due May 21. After being reviewed by SPCA staff, approved submissions will be included in a drawing on May 28. The adoption fees are $60 for Nessy, $80 each for kitten and $100 for each puppy.

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