Heart of Gold: A Three Legged (ex-stray) Dog Takes Care of Stray Kittens

Have you ever seen a dog and a cat get along?

Sure, they’re rare but you do see them once in a while.

How about a three legged dog that takes care of feral kittens?

Meet Maty

Maty’s a rescued Australian Shepherd mix who was born to a litter of abandoned pups. Cleaning workers found Maty and her 3-week-old littermates abandoned in a motel in Bend, Oregon and brought them to the Humane Society.

As soon as Maty was brought in, it was discovered that a staph infection was eating away all the tendons and ligaments of her left leg as a result of having been exposed to a harsh environment. Pockets of infection were invading the pup’s body and his leg was amputated shortly after.

Sure, a dog with three legs.

If Maty had the mind of a human, he would’ve probably been thinking to himself:

Great, who wants a three legged dog?

My life is over.

I am a useless dog.

Nobody wants me.

I’m a loser.

Nope, not Maty. Maty was a winner. He did not give up that easily.

Maty didn’t have any trouble adjusting. In fact, Maty can run and catch freesbies. So well, in fact, that Maty enters competitions:

Maty has a big heart that not only helped him overcome his disabilities, but has given him passion for tiny, stray feral kittens who have gone through similar harsh experiences.

Almost as if to say, “I know how you feel”. (src)

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with the owner Lynne Ouchida: (src)

“We knew Maty was good with the kitties, and they would go up to her,” says Lynne Ouchida, community outreach coordinator of the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend. “Since Maty is missing her left leg, when she lays on her right leg, she has a nook (where her left leg once was) and it creates a cradle. They lay in that spot against her belly.”

Kittens generally stay with the 10-year-old Maty in a bedroom in Ouchida’s home for about two weeks, until her kindness creates a comfort level that includes lots of purring. Then the kitties are ready to meet other creatures.

“Maty allows us to introduce humans as a positive aspect to their lives,” Ouchida says. “When you approach a feral kitten, they hiss and spit. But [with Maty], they instinctively know not to be afraid.”


“If we are feeding them by syringe, she loves to clean them off, so that is one way they get used to her,” she continues. “They have this symbiotic relationship. Alot of times the kittens want to crawl up higher on her, and Maty she loves to hang out with them.”

[ Sidenote: what’s a feral kitten? They are ]

Feral cats are the “wild” offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat “colonies” can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. They are elusive and do not trust humans.

Here’s a tear jerker video of Maty in action:

Sure, they’re not as odd a couple of as an orangutan and his dog but still, a match made in heaven. Kinda like this guy who married his dog.

Hats off to Maty – another dog who teaches us that we should never give up and always have faith.

PS: Dog are freakin’ awesome.

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  • Dawn Chapdelaine

    Maty, you are such an inspiration. I loved your story. My name is Dawn. I am forty four years old and have been in a wheelchair my entire life. Your story inspired me and I am sure it will inspire all those that have the privelege to meet you. I wish you lived in Maryland. I would love to meet you. Sincerely, Dawn

  • danielle

    that is so damm qute

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