A Tale of Two Bonded Pairs: How These Sets of Best Friends Were Rescued and Adopted Together

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Harold and Maude’s Story

Meet Harold and Maude! They were brought to the local cat rescue in West Virginia.

rescue cats bonded pair
Photo: Jill Olejniczak

After they were medically cleared for travel, they made the long journey to us. Maude had an acute eye infection, which left her mostly blind. She had become best friends with Harold, who is very happy to be her “seeing eye cat.” Harold and Maude were both available for adoption, but we insisted that they go together. They were adopted a few weeks ago during our Clear the Shelters event and this is what their new family has to say about them:

“Kel (previously Harold) and Vin (previously Maude) are doing super well! They’re named after the main characters in Brandon Sanderson’s series: ‘Mistborn.’ Vin was a particularly brave, sassy young woman, which is a good fit for her!

Kel is a purr machine who loves to snuggle and climb on the cat tree, and Vin loves to play fight, bat her ball around, and climb to the top of the six-foot cat tree — she’s fearless!

rescue cat bonded pair
Photo: Jill Olejniczak

The vet suspects Vin is totally blind, but that doesn’t stop her from climbing up and down the cat tree or chasing her favorite toys around the floor. She’s adapted really well, and you can barely tell she can’t see. They both especially liked when we opened the glass door, with the screen door firmly in place, and let them smell and listen to the birds on our deck.”

Now that is a happy ending!

Story submitted by Jill Olejniczak.

Finnegan and Kira’s Story

Back in March, we received a call from a county shelter about a dog they had picked up, apparently abandoned on the streets to fend for himself. One look at Finnegan and we knew Satchel’s had to provide the medical care needed for this boy, who was suffering from open sores and severe hair loss due to fleas and major skin irritation.

When we followed up a couple of days later to arrange the transfer, we learned that he had been picked up with another dog, Kira. Kira hadn’t made the adoption floor with Finnegan as she was old, a pitbull, and had a large growth on her backside. Three strikes — well, of course, no way were we leaving Kira behind.

rescue dogs bonded pair
Photo: Jacky Townsend

It quickly became apparent that Kira and Finnegan were extremely bonded, and splitting them up was not an option for us. Finnegan was treated for his skin condition, which remains under control with a little help from medicated baths. Kira had her growth removed, which turned out to be benign. And so the search for their new home together began, knowing it could take months or even years to place a bonded pair.

rescue dogs bonded pair
Photo: Jacky Townsend

Four and half months later, Sheila was interested in adopting a dog. Making an appointment, she came out to meet the dog she thought might be a match for her. While at the shelter, she met Finnegan and Kira and knew, even though two dogs were not in her plans, she just had to make them both a part of her family. That was a shorter-than-normal stay for a bonded pair. The stars must have aligned to bring Sheila into their lives so soon. Congratulations to all of you!

Story submitted by Jacky Townsend.

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