Dog helps shelter kittens acclimate in Arizona (Video)

WASHINGTON — A 12-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor is catching some attention through his volunteer work with kittens at a Phoenix, Arizona animal shelter.

Especially since his name is Boots and he’s a chow/golden retriever mix.

According to the Arizona Humane Society’s blog, Boots is the first dog in their “kitten nanny” program. Every week, he comes by to hang out with the little ones. By spending time with the kittens, Boots helps them socialize to the dogs early on. This makes them more adoptable and able to live happy lives with other animals.

Bretta Nelson, the AHS’s public relations manager, tells AZCentral that the program is a positive for everyone involved.

“Boots loves it. Most of the kittens love it. Some are very scared at first, but the whole thought is to get them acclimated to being around dogs.”

It’s also less likely the cats will be given up later in life as things change and more pets are brought into the household.

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