These two babies landed in the Virginia shelter separately, on the same day: October 3.
The kitten, Chicky, was found as a stray, and was luckily pretty healthy.
The puppy was a different story. She was brought to the shelter early one morning by a man who was "in tears because she was dying and just needed help," says Huffman.
Nugget was unconscious; her glucose levels and body temperature were too low even to register. Even after being given fluids and other treatment, she did not even begin to open her eyes or lift her head for several hours.
A member of the shelter staff took Nugget home to keep an eye on her through the night - and kept that eye on her all night long, because even as her health improved, the puppy demanded constant attention and affection. She did the same on the second day, and second night.
She was "whiny and upset to the point someone had to hold her all the time," says Huffman. "In a busy shelter this wasn't possible."