Curiosity can't help but plague our thoughts as the reputation that cats and dogs have of not being able to coexist happily, when we hear of stories such as these. Raylan went viral because of a video that shows him taking care of some tiny, fuzzy kitties. It's the perfect description as to how genuine and sweet a relationship can really be between two different species.
Raylan just so happens to be a parent to many foster kitties. Taking in each one, loving them, caring for them right up until they find their forever home.
The reasons are many, the baby kitties either suddenly lost their homes, were thrown out by uncompassionate owners, or strays. Fortunately for all of those precious souls, animals such as Raylan exist, and humans like Raylan's owner are around to save each day and dedicate themselves to finding all the lost souls homes.
"Raylan's a very smart dog who is eager to please and up for any adventure." - His owner told Bored Panda in an interview.
"I found out he liked cats when we brought our first foster kitten (Watson) home 6 years ago when Raylan was already 3 years old. He immediately just wanted to play with him and was so gentle and patient. Watson's now our neighbour and they hang out frequently."
Raylan_the_dog has well over 20k followers on Instagram alone. Clearly plenty of people enjoy the adorable cuddly content that is frequently posted."Raylan is a purebred mutt who enjoys getting beer for loved ones, road trips, and cuddling with his foster kittens"— at least that's what it says in Raylan's Instagram page bio.
He's an obvious sweetheart.
Raylan's owner went on to explain how they got him to begin with. "Raylan was adopted from a high-kill shelter where he was going to be euthanized. Nobody wanted him because he was too high energy and untrained - but clearly no one had tried to train him."
Raylan the pup has cared for over 60 kitties in his short 9 years of existence. Talk about the size of the boy's heart.
Raylan's owner went on to explain just how he cares for the kitties himself. "He cleans them constantly (which is very very helpful when they're really young), as well as playing with them and carrying them around. He also stops them if they try to scratch the sofa."
The initial video that went viral shows Raylan and two small kitties stumbling toward him and then snuggling up to him for we can safely guess, a much needed nap. The attention Raylan has gained from citizens all over is full of love and well wishes for each kitty cat to find a good and stable home. "I don't know how he hasn't gone viral before! We've been doing this for years and he's so amazing," his owner boasted.
When asked about Raylan's reaction when it's finally time for each kitty to leave, his owner responded; "He's usually ready for a rest when the kittens leave and never seems sad afterwards, but after a few weeks of alone time he starts to get sad if I don't get new kittens - and when new kittens come he's always so happy and excited. New kitten day is his favourite day!"
His owner works with many shelters, but lovingly pays for the care of each kitty out of her own pocketbook. So if you could find the means to, please consider donating to shelters any way that you can. Possibly even consider fostering animals yourself.
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