Life on the street isn’t easy for any animal. When Juan José P. Flores noticed a stray cat wandering his neighborhood, he began leaving food out for the timid feline to make her life a bit easier. Though the cat was too afraid to let Flores near her, she visited his house often to eat and rest in the safety of his yard. Even Flores’s pit bull Hades didn’t deter the small cat from stopping by – in fact, during an especially vulnerable time, it was Hades who stepped in to help.
When animals are preparing to give birth, they begin the process of nesting. Essentially, they seek out a place that feels both safe and secluded in order to deliver their babies out of harm’s way. Of course, this is especially challenging for stray animals. With no home to call their own and the constant threat of predators, finding a safe place to give birth is nearly impossible. That is, unless you have a friend like Hades.
One day while Flores was inside of his home, he heard what sounded like knocking at his back door. He peered outside, expecting to see a visitor. Instead it was Hades, scratching and whining in a way that was out of character for the typically calm pup.
Flores followed Hades outside, and the eager pup led him directly to his dog house. With a look that said, “look what I’ve got!” Hades stepped aside to show his human that he had company. Inside of Hades’s dog house was the familiar stray cat, clearly in labor.
“He dragged a blanket over to the entrance of his house and settled outside the door,” Flores told The Dodo. “She felt protected by him.”
With Hades dutifully keeping guard outside, the stray cat delivered two healthy kittens. Though mom cats are typically protective of their young, there was something special about the bond between Hades and his new little family. The mom cat trusted him, and by association, she trusted Flores.
“Pit bulls are good dogs,” Flores stresses. “Hades put everything aside to help someone else. We should do the same without expecting anything in return.”
Flores and Hades moved the mom cat, now named Nicol, inside of their house to safely raise her babies. The unexpected bond between Hades and Nicol strengthened, and Flores realized he couldn’t separate them. Flores found Nicol’s kittens their forever homes once they were old enough, but Nicol already found hers. She may not have known it then, but the moment she stepped into Flores’s yard, she was home.