When we think of unlikely friendships, the combination of cats and dogs is often at the top of our list. But that didn’t matter to a Pitbull named Hades and the stray cat he protected, befriended, and then welcomed into his family.
This heartwarming story started when Juan José P. Flores, dog dad of Hades, noticed frequent visits from a stray Calico cat. Despite his inability to get close to her, Flores was concerned she may not be getting enough to eat, so he started putting out food for her.
Then, one day a few weeks later, Flores heard loud noises coming from his back door. It was Hades, making a commotion.
“He behaved a little strange, more annoying than usual, faster, ran from one side to the other, hitting doors, windows, as if looking for something, even destroyed a cushion,” Flores commented on Facebook.
When he went outside to investigate the reason for all the excitement, he saw Hades sitting by the entrance of his doghouse and a furry guest nestled safely inside.
It was the stray Calico cat, and she was pregnant, without much time before she was going to give birth. Sensing her vulnerability and urgent need for safety, Hades stood guard from a distance, never leaving her side as she gave birth to two adorable kittens.
“He dragged a blanket over to the entrance of his house and settled outside the door,” Flores said.
Shortly after, Flores brought the mama cat and her babies into his home, where she was able to tend to her kittens, and they were safe to explore and grow.
After a few short months, and when they were old enough, both kittens went to loving homes. Flores welcomed the mother cat, now named Nicol, to stay with him and Hades as a forever family member.
Hades and Nicol are now inseparable BFFs!
It’s no secret why Pit Bulls were once declared “America’s Dog.”
They’re well known for being affectionate, intelligent, and eager to “people please.” It’s unfortunate that myths, anecdotes, and misinformation without backing from scientific studies have created such a negative stigma surrounding them. Because of this, they are often overlooked in shelters or spend long periods of time waiting to be adopted.
Flores hopes the story of Hades and Nicol can help negate the unfair stereotypes and help more Pitbulls find loving forever homes.
Pit bulls are good dogs,” Juan told The Dodo. “Hades put everything aside to help someone else. We should do the same without expecting anything in return.”