There are so many cats and dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted. Some have to wait longer than others: it can take months or even years of waiting as shelter workers try to find them just the right home.
But it’s even tougher for animals that are bonded, so close and inseparable that they have to be adopted as a pair. It’s tough to find someone willing to take in two pets at once.
But one animal duo, a dog and a cat, have a special reason to stick together: the dog is blind, and the cat is his “seeing eye cat.”
They’ve been together all their lives — and now, they’re in need of a new home that won’t tear them apart.
According to Global News Canada, Spike the dog and Max the cat, both 8-years-old, were surrendered to the Saving Grace Animal Society in Alberta, Canada, after their owners realized they couldn’t give them the quality of life they needed.
The shelter picked up the pets, and it was immediately clear they were a team.
“It’s absolutely adorable,” executive director Erin Deems told Global News Canada. “When we walked up onto the property, there was this tiny igloo shelter and they were just cuddled in there right together.”
“The cat has just kind of helped him in his little survival trek. They follow each other everywhere, they do every activity together and they sleep together.”
The animal society knew they had to find them a home together — it’s unimaginable that this blind dog would be able to adjust to a new home without his cat buddy by his side.
The shelter says that Spike and Max still need to get checked by the vet, but soon they will be put up for adoption “as a duo.”
However, they acknowledge that it might take some time to find these pets a home that suits them.
“There’s got to be somebody out there that wants to take them on, but it is a little more challenging,” Erin Deems told Global News. “Most people think it’s a lot to take in one animal, let alone two… but there’s always people out there with open hearts that really want to take in senior animals and show them the retirement home and love that they deserve.”
And the shelter will make it easier for any potential adopters: they’ll only need to pay an adoption fee for Spike, while Max would come free “as a bonus.”
We hope these two beautiful friends can find a home together soon!
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