Fortunately, both the dog and the kitten were in reasonably good health - but the rescue couldn't have come too soon.
Upon examination, Hamlin found that the adoptive mother's milk had recently dried up, so he and his staff immediately took to feeding the tiny kitten by bottle. When they did, the maternal instincts of the dog were unmistakable. She refused to leave the baby's side, sweetly cleaning her with her tongue as she ate.
It was clear that she had worked hard to keep the kitten alive on the street.
"If she hadn't been getting enough milk, she wouldn't have made it," says Hamlin.