Katrina Survivor Boots, the "Kitten Nanny" Pup Pays it Forward

Boots, a 12 year old golden retriever-chow chow mix rescued from 8 inches of murky waters during Hurricane Katrina, “pays it forward” every Wednesday by “nannying” kittens at the Arizona Humane Society.

Once a week, the senior gray-muzzled dog accompanies his owner Susan Juergensen to the animal shelter where he helps make 5-8 week old kittens more adoptable by exposing them to new experiences, like himself, at a young age. 

Boots the 'Kitten Nanny' Dog Hired by Arizona Humane Society to Get Cats Adopted

Boots, a 12-year-old golden retriever and chow chow mix rescued from 8 inches of murky waters during Hurricane Katrina, “pays it forward” every Wednesday by “nannying” kittens at the Arizona Humane Society.

Once a week, the senior gray-muzzled dog accompanies his owner Susan Juergensen, 47, to the animal shelter where he helps make 5-to-8-week-old kittens more adoptable by exposing them to new experiences – such as meeting dogs like himself! – at a young age.

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When Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago in August 2005, almost everything in her life washed away.

“This area is the most depressing place in the world,” McNeil tells PEOPLE of her native home in the Press Park area of New Orleans. “It’s just so sad.”

The 48-year-old grew up in Gordon Plaza, part of a subdivision developed by the city in 1981 on top of the Agriculture Street landfill.

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