Rescued Pit Bull Does Some Rescuing of Her Own

“She had already befriended a rescued cow, watched over piglets saved from slaughter, and looked after battery-caged chickens from the largest farmed animal rescue in California’s history.”

Bella is a three-legged rescue pit bull, and her human is Grace Kuhn.  Recently, the dog decided that she would do a little of her own rescuing, and “adopted” a litter of kittens that were orphaned.  In a blog post on the popular website The Dodo, Kuhn tells us the story of Bella and her kittens, and just how things got rolling for them.  If you’d like to see the original post, just click here.  All photos and video in this article came courtesy of

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I’m sure there are many of you out there who have a World’s Greatest Dog, right? Well if there were an award, our rescued three-legged pit bull Bella would definitely receive a nomination — if not take home the gold.

When we started fostering with our local shelter we already had a fairly good idea of how Bella would react to the new house guests. She had already befriended a rescued cow, watched over piglets saved from slaughter, and looked after battery-caged chickens from the largest farmed animal rescue in California’s history. But we never anticipated just how stellar her mothering skills would be.

Pit bulls are often victims of prejudice and discrimination, but contrary to popular conceptions this breed has some of the most gentle and stable temperaments. In 2011, the American Temperament Test Society showed the American pit bull terrier scored an overall temperament rating of 83.9 percent compared to the 77 percent score of the general dog population. I know this, and a quick Google search will easily tell you the same. But I want you to see and experience this.

So far, Bella has helped me care for three litters of kittens, and she has always been gentle and kind. She gladly shares her water bowl, her dog bed, and her human attention. She takes turns grooming them, and they greet her every morning by curling around her legs, and cry when she comes in from her walks.

Bella is doing her part to make sure these kittens are well adjusted and adopted into their forever homes. When they head back to the adoption floor in a few weeks, their enclosures will proudly read, “dog-friendly”.

10 thoughts on “Rescued Pit Bull Does Some Rescuing of Her Own

  1. OMG Bella is absolutely beautiful and loving. She has almost the same markings as my dog except my dog has more black but her head is all white with one black/white ear and the other is all white. Amazing loving story…thanks for sharing.

  2. Now that is the kind of news that brightens my day and my life. Thank you for this great article and I love animals with all my heart. They are a blessing from heaven above and you are so lucky to have such a loving dog. God Bless you and God Bless Bella! Just an awesome way to start my day!

  3. These kittens are never safe with any pit bull. It may kill them two years from now like so many pit bulls do.

    1. You are so ignorant. You really should educate yourself that way you don’t sound like a complete idiot.

  4. Since you won’t allow the danger pit bulls present to be posted, the screenshots of the comments you deleted will be used against you. You want dead pets and people?????

  5. Rant on, Mary, everyone knows you’re one of the ill-informed brain-dead sheep who blindly spew hate-filled garbage. Bet you kick puppies and abuse your kids, don’t you? Don’t deny it, anyone with as few brain cells as you, with as much hate, will, sooner or later, take it out on some innocent animal or kid. You really should be locked up before you hurt someone, or maybe euthanized… Oh? Am I being hateful and unfair to you? Just dishing out the same brand of venom you espouse…

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