Cat Adopts Puppy, Wins Grant For Charity

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Earlier this year, a mother cat called Lurlene "adopted" a pit bull puppy called Noland and nursed the little canine back to health after he was abandoned.

A humane officer stumbled upon the day-old pit bull covered in fleas in a Cleveland garage, and took the dog to the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

There, the group decided to place Noland with Lurlene, who had also just been taken off the streets and had recently given birth to four baby kittens.

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Molly, Noland's mother, was discovered later that day looking anxious and famished. She was unable to care for Noland herself, so he stayed with Lurlene.

He made it through those difficult first few weeks. Eventually, he was placed in a foster home with puppies his age where he learned how to be a dog.

He still visits his "mother" and "siblings" on occasion, however.

As a result, the Cleveland APL, which rescued the pair, won a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation's "Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign" contest.

"Noland blended in with the family so well, he was even found using the litter box a few times," Judy Hunter, APL's director of development, wrote to Petco.

Sharon Harvey, APL's director, said the story of the dog and cat isn't just ute, but emblematic of the "power of forgiveness and unconditional love and acceptance."

"That's really what it's all about, isn't it?"

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