Jiang loves being a mother, even if the child is not her own.
After all her puppies were adopted into loving families, Ginger realized that her parenting skills might still come in handy when she came across some foster kittens who needed their mom.
Susan Hicks, who rescued Ginger about four years ago, has been raising kittens since 2018. Ginger gets excited every time a new kitten comes to the house, sniffing around their box. The kittens love to jump on Ginger and play with her – sometimes they even try to breastfeed her.
These kittens arrive at Hicks’ home at a particularly vulnerable and vulnerable life stage. They are small and weak, still trying to figure out how to function in this world. They crave comfort, and that’s where Ginger comes in.
When raising kittens, caretakers often give them a large stuffed animal as a source of comfort. But thanks to Ginger, Hicks never needed a stuffed animal.
“Ginger is like a living, breathing, snoring body pillow for these kittens,” Hicks told Us.
Another positive thing about socializing kittens with Ginger is that they quickly become very comfortable around the dog – a huge advantage for potential adopters who already have a puppy at home.
“People will contact me and say, ‘I want one of your kittens because I know they’re good for dogs,'” Hicks said.
Hicks could sense Ginger’s heartbreak when the kitten finally grew up and had to leave. But Ginger knew that every time she saw one group of kittens leave, it meant another group was around the corner—and they needed her love and comfort even more.