Local nanny dog honored with companion award

A local non-profit is honoring a dog that was rescued from Hurricane Katrina.

"You know not all dogs are good at this, not all cats will ever be acceptable at this, but it gives them the opportunity that is what is important, everyone deserves an opportunity to learn," said Susan Juergensen, Boots's owner.

"Boots" was one of the 300 dogs rescued from the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina and brought to the valley. Now he's being given the 2015 Loyal Companion Award for his work with cats.

"Boots is a really unique dog, he spends a majority of his time volunteering at a local animal shelter for the Arizona Humane Society, and he socializes kittens," she said.

"Sadly in shelters across the country kittens are the number one most euthanized animal... that happens because it is very difficult and very time consuming to socialize them,"" said Leanna Taylor with Friends of Animal Care and Control.

His owner says since 2005 he has helped between 300-400 kittens get adopted, all by helping them get comfortable with dogs.

"He has a way with kittens, they go nose to nose, they will curl up with him, they will make what we call little biscuits, where a kitten will knead on its mother, they do that to him," said Jurgensen.

His owner says that most cats that they work with are adopted within a few weeks.

"So when they enter a home they're a little bit familiar with the aspects of a dog," she said.

Boots will be given his award on February 28th by the Friends of Animal Care and Control.
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