Stray dog covered in snow keeps abandoned kittens warm

A stray dog found on the side of a road on a cold Canadian night keeping a litter of kittens warm.

The two-year-old female mongrel, named Serenity by animal rescue officials, was discovered in a ditch on the side of a rural road near Chatham, Ontario a week ago.

It was -3 degrees Celsius and dark outside, and the dog was covered in a dusting of snow.

When the passerby stopped to help the dog, she was surprised to find five tiny black kittens “snuggling with her,” Myriam Armstrong, a spokeswoman for the Pet and Wildlife Rescue said.

“The kittens wouldn’t have survived the cold Canadian winter without this dog’s help,” Armstrong said.

It’s not clear how or what brought the dog and the now five-week old kittens together.

But Armstrong said their bond continued at the shelter.