Every spring for the next four years, a fresh litter of orphaned raccoons would arrive at the rehabilitation facilities - their mothers having been poisoned, shot, starved or trapped - and they would find a mother in Cloud.
"She would absolutely just adore them like they were her own children," the woman says. "She also taught them the social graces every raccoon must learn. She's a heck of a mother."
And one spring, Cloud surprised her caregiver by giving birth to her own litter.
"She was devoted and as loving as any creature could be," she says. "I found it fascinating any species could display such love and protection towards her thriving kits."
The following spring, the woman released Cloud's babies into the wild.
And soon after that, Cloud showed every indication that she was ready to follow them.
Last July, Cloud was returned to the wild.
"I missed her greatly," the woman says. "But even if she did pass during the winter or died from some unforeseen tragedy, at least she did experience what any being has the right to enjoy - freedom."