Kitten Ava didn’t have the best start in life: she was found all on her own in a London garden when she was only a few days old. Luckily, she was rescued and brought into Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where she received around-the-clock care from the staff and from an unusual kitten-sitter: Barney, a three-year-old Labrador who took it upon himself to look after Ava.

Now five weeks old, Ava is also being looked after by Battersea Vet Nurse Megan Goldring, but Barney is without doubt her favourite fosterer. They can be seen snuggling, playing and watching TV together, and Barney never lets her out of his sight.

Barney had a difficult past himself: born in a puppy farm, he was surrendered to Battersea by his owners in 2014. However, his long stay is not due to a lack of interest: he won over the heart of Battersea Head Nurse Rachel Ab’dee, who adopted him.

“Barney adores Ava and can’t wait to come into Battersea every morning so he can see her,”Rachel says. “It’s great for Ava too, because she doesn’t have a mum or brothers or sisters, so Barney has become her best friend and favourite playmate. It’s wonderful to see them so happy together and to know that their most difficult days are behind them.”

Barney wasn’t the only one to fall in love with the kitten: Ava has a forever home waiting for her when she’s old enough to leave Battersea.

Image by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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