Caitlin Burkhart's stepmother was among the people who found the abandoned kittens. There were six orphans in all, divided up by their rescuers.
Three ended up at the Burkhart home in Atlanta, Georgia, where they soon found a formidable parental figure in the family's 1-year-old Saint Bernard.
"Guinness absolutely loves the kittens to death," Caitlin Burkhart tells The Dodo. "He follows them around the house wherever we take them, and wherever the kittens are he is right next to them looking at and checking on them."