When a sick baby is born to a litter of puppies or kittens, and there is a human around if the mother rejects the baby, humans step in and make sure the little one has what it needs and gets a decent chance at survival.

Nicolas, a pit bull puppy, was rejected by his mother when he was born – and so were the rest of puppies in the litter.

He was born in a litter of eight puppies, and he was the smallest pup. The mother ate three puppies and no one was quite sure why.

The mother dog bit off Nicolas’ pawn. Some kind humans stepped in and took Nicolas to get the help he needed.

At his foster home, Nicolas has plenty of love and companionship by two cats.

Nicolas does have part of one paw missing so things won’t be easy – but at least this puppy has a chance.

It is important to note that some dogs are not ready to be mothers, maybe Nicolas’ mother was just too inexperienced or stressed when she gave birth. Share away, people.