November 05, 2014 10:40 PM

After surviving Hurricane Katrina, Boots the dog is giving back in a big way.

The 12-year-old chow and German shepherd currently works as a kitten nanny at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS). It was the AHS that rescued Boots from the storm 10 years ago, and one of the shelter’s workers who later gave the dog a forever home, reports the Huffington Post.

With such deep ties to the AHS, Boots became a frequent visitor at the shelter, so they eventually gave the dog a job. The friendly pooch was “hired on” by the AHS to help socialize the facility’s adoptable kittens.

“By increasing our kittens’ comfort level with dogs, we increase the adoptability of our kittens, since they’ll be more likely to adapt to homes with dogs in them,” explained Liz Truitt, the AHS’s feline welfare specialist. “This also decreases the chances that the kittens and cats will be surrendered later in life due to problems between the cats and other pets.”

Boots’s work responsibilities include cuddling, nuzzling, playing and everything else adorable. By getting this kind of cozy contact, the kittens learn how to handle new people and situations in a calm manner.

So far, Boots has been a shelter favorite among the felines.

“We had a litter of three female black kittens … who especially loved Boots,” Bretta Nelson, AHS public relations manager, told the Huffington Post. “They were the best of friends.”

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