Loving Pit Bull Becomes Foster Mom to More than 100 Orphan Kittens

Loving Pit Bull Becomes Foster Mom to More than 100 Orphan Kittens

When it comes to maternal instincts, pit bull Zuca is an expert! Having cared for nearly 100 orphan kittens in the last four years, Zuca has become the ultimate inspiration for adoption, and even has her own Instagram page.

After losing her best friend, Stout the cat, to kidney disease in 2013, Zuca became depressed and lethargic until owner Ronda Layne decided to foster Monkey the kitten from an animal shelter in Portland, Oregon. As a rescue animal herself, Zuca has stepped up to the responsibility of nurturing boxfulls of abandoned kittens until they grow old enough to be adopted into loving homes of their own. Since being around these newly found fury friends, it seems that Zuca has found her calling!

Zuca’s Kittens

“When I first saw [Zuca] at a Humane Society shelter in 2006, I noticed there was something very different about her compared to the other dogs…She was sitting quietly and barely wagging her tail while the other dogs were jumping up and down and barking,” recalls Layne.

Having noticed Zuca’s calm demeanor, Layne hoped she would feel comfortable around the cats she had at the time. To test the waters, Layne “took her into the shelter’s cattery to see what would happen,” and to her delight, “Zuca walked up to the cats and wagged her tail.” Layne says it was right there and then that she decided to adopt her.

Layne brought Zuca back to her new home, where she then made friends for life with the family cat, Stout.

“For the next seven years, they didn’t leave each other’s side…They always shared their food with each other, and Stout would even go walking with us. When I had to put Stout down at age 17, Zuca tried to guard her when the vet came to our house. It was sad to see her become so depressed after her best buddy was gone.”

Having experienced the loss of a close companion, Zuca understandably became despondent and withdrawn. Fortunately, Zuca has now found companionship with her fury feline friends. She is not only much happier, but is providing care and comfort to an abundance of orphaned kittens.

After bringing home a tiny kitten names Monkey from the local animal sanctuary, Layne describes how Monkey and Zuca were so pleased to be in each other’s company that they “were soon curled up together like best friends.”

“Zuca weighs 50 pounds, but she was very careful around Monkey and was always patient and gentle. It was like magic. I knew right then that she had a gift.”

Having previously spent up to six months in a cage at a shelter, it’s possible that Zuca has some level of empathy for the orphaned kittens in Layne’s foster care.

Foster mom of the year!

Layne, who volunteers much of her life to animal rescue work, explains that Zuca “seems to know instantly exactly what the [kittens] need…She ‘reads’ the kitten and figures out when to look at it, wag her tail or move her head. It’s fascinating to watch those first interactions.”

Although Zuca is now 12 years old and has a bionic knee, Layne points out that “she is the best surrogate mom these kittens could hope for…She still loves to sleep with the kittens and is extremely patient, allowing them to jump all over her, even when they bite and scratch,” says Ronda.



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16 Comments

  1. Angelina Ricketts

    I have 2 dogs and 2 cats now. And always bought up cats and dogs to mix all my dogs and cats has always been bought up together it beautiful to see how well they all get along. Mt boy was bought up with bunny rabbits he use to sleep with them as they cuddle next to each other

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  2. Angelina Ricketts

    I just love to read and see sych beautiful pictures and stories.

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  3. Adrian Appley

    You article about Zuca was magical.

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  4. Valerie Latham

    “I think that it’s nice for ZUCA the Pit bull to orphan nearly 100 kittens, in the last four years by feeding them her milk. “In Portland Oregon, owner Ronda LAYNE.

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  5. KatWrangler Welch

    We’re planning to rescue a dog when we get a house. Right now we have four kitties – the loves of my life. Of course that pup has to be cat-friendly – they’re already dog friendly. I’ve been doing research on the best fit, for everyone, and pitties keep coming to the top of the list!

    I’d love to have Zuca and Ronda Layne give our future dog a pup-talk (sorry – couldn’t resist)

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  6. DIANE WEIR

    What a beautiful story for a change!

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  7. Anya

    Nice ! Zuca – you are wonderful. Your baby kittens are happy !

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  8. Rebecca

    What a beautiful girl Zuca and what a wonderful owner who saw something unique in her and gave her a forever home.

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  9. Anne Kuzel

    That is so cool and sweet, to me it Also shows how gentle pit bulls can be and caring. She has very good instincts. Love story’s like this. There is so much animal cruelty in the world it is very sad, it definitely sounds like Zuca was meant to be with you and definitely does sounds like she found her calling. Thanks for Sharing

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  10. Ann Southern

    Zuca is every animal lover’s dream. However it is Ronda Layne who is the true hero here. Her depth of compassion and her ability to recognize Zuca’s suffering over the loss of her companion, and to get involved in the fostering program, and all the work that that requires is the heart of a true animal lover. Thank you Ronda, for your caring heart and your dedication to helping the defenseless. I admire you.

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  11. Terresa de Villiers

    She looks more like my staffie and cross with something else than a pitbull. What a beautiful dog!

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  12. Troy Mckelvy

    Such love that animals show, More so than humans..wonderful story.

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  13. Celia R.

    Such a sweet dog! She will always have a place in heaven 😭 she stole my ❤️

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