Here's a wonderful story that I thought I would share...hope you find it encouraging! –Kim
Abandoned Greyhound becomes Surrogate Mother for 50th TimeBy Daily Mail Reporter
31 December 2008
Now it appears the kindness and patience shown to her has rubbed off – for the rescue dog has become a surrogate mother for the 50th time.
Seven-year-old Jasmine is currently caring for tiny Bramble, an 11-week-old roe deer fawn found semi-conscious in a nearby field.
She cuddles up to her to keep her warm, showers her with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur. In short, the perfect foster mum.
But then again, she has had plenty of practice, having cared for five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and even 15 rabbits.
Jasmine was brought to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary by the police in 2003, having been found dumped in a garden shed.
She was cold, filthy and malnourished. It took a few weeks for her to fully trust staff at the centre but with tender loving care she was nursed back to full fitness.
Five years on, Jasmine is now the one looking after stray waifs.
Geoff Grewcock, who runs the sanctuary, said: 'She simply dotes on the animals as if they were her on, it's incredible to see.
'She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings.
'It is quite amazing, particularly as she is a greyhound breed and they are usually quite aggressive. That is why they are used for racing.
'Jasmine was abused when she was younger; the police brought her to us after discovering her whimpering in a garden shed.
'Having been neglected herself, it's a real surprise to she her show so much warmth and affection to other creatures.
'It's not just animals, she is great which children too; she is such a gentle, big-hearted dog.'
Bramble the fawn arrived at the centre two months ago after a dog walker came across her in a field, dazed and confused.
Until she is old enough to be released back into the wild, she will continue to be cared for by Jasmine.
Geoff added: 'They are inseparable at the moment; Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other.
'They walk together round the sanctuary. It's absolutely marvellous. It's a real treat to see them.
'I remember we had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross.
'They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee.
'Then he fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them.
'She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs; she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.'It's very touching. Her maternal instincts take over all the time.'