Dog Helps Nurse Abandoned Kitten Back to Health in Heartwarming Video

A small black dog by the name of Jelly has got pet lovers feeling emotional after a video of her helping care for an abandoned kitten was shared online.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as many as 3.2 million cats are surrendered annually. However, that figure fails to factor in the untold number of cats and kittens simply abandoned on the street to fend for themselves.

Many of these cats don't get a second chance at life but a lucky few do. One of those cats is a black and white feline called Miracle.

In a video posted to TikTok by Ariana Sanchez from Arizona, viewers were taken through the story of how Miracle was nursed back to health with a little help from another four-legged friend. It can be viewed here.

The video evidently touched a nerve with cat lovers on social media and, at the time of writing, had been watched 5 million times online.

In the clip, Sanchez explains that she found the kitten "dragging herself" along the "hot concrete street with ongoing traffic passing on top of her."

After rescuing her from near certain death, she took the tiny kitten home. Sanchez said she later discovered the tiny cat was just two days old and would need to be bottle fed every two hours.

She stuck to her task though with a little help from Jelly, who is shown on the video helping keep the vulnerable kitten wrapped up warm inside a blanket.

"Both me and my dog raised this little miracle," she explains on the clip.

The footage then cuts to the heartwarming moment the kitten, who was later christened Miracle, opens both her eyes to the world around her for the first time.

It's a moment made even more special, seconds later, as Jelly comes over to give Miracle a series of affectionate licks with her cat companion evidently loving the attention. As Sanchez puts it: "She was so proud of her."

The video then jumps forward in time to Miracle looking a little healthier and happier, clambering up Sanchez's leg and also play-fighting with Jelly.

Jelly and Miracle are then shown cuddled up on Sanchez's lap with the young cat giving her doggy carer a lick on the ear. "You are so loved, baby girl," Sanchez writes as the video concludes.

A touching story showcasing a truly unique bond between a cat and a dog, animal lovers were quick to praise Sanchez and Jelly for the roles they played in helping give Miracle a second chance. "You and your puppy make a great team!" ee10272021 said. "Thank you for rescuing the kitten."

Tracyreneeeck was similarly effusive in her praise for Jelly, writing: "Your puppy adopted her like a good mama." Itsnikkiyeah commented: "I love that your dog loves the baby so much," to which Sanchez replied: "I wouldn't have been able to do it without her."

Bella Conte was left feeling emotional at the way Jelly kept Miracle warm on the video by pulling a blanket over her. "I thought my heart was going to melt!," she wrote with Sanchez responding: "Sameee my heart was bursting witnessing this!!"

Payden.Kegley felt it was almost as if Jelly was saying "this is my child now" after Miracle came into her life. Plenty of tears were shed over the footage, as one user, posting as Amanda Williams put it, she was "sobbing at your dog's relationship with her."

In a follow-up video, Sanchez gave fans another glimpse of Miracle and Jelly playing happily together. That clip can be viewed here.

The video shows how Jelly helped teach Miracle to walk, how to touch noses or give each other "all the boops." Most sweet of all, the video shows how the pair regularly sleep next to each other.

Newsweek has contacted Sanchez for comment.

Back in September 2021, a dog nursing a litter of puppies melted hearts after adopting a stray kitten as part of the family. In April of the same year, a dog also went viral on Twitter after rescuing a kitten left abandoned in the rain.

A dog nuzzling a kitten.
Stock image of a dog nuzzling a kitten. A dog heartwarming role in helping nurse a stray kitten has been chronicled in a new video. Bogdan Kurylo/Getty