Rescue Shelter Makes Sure These Cat And Chihuahua ‘Best Friends’ Stay Together Forever

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Leila the Chihuahua and Kitty the tabby cat are BFFs who never want to leave each other’s sides. And hopefully, they’ll never have to.

Leila is 2, and Kitty is 6. They’re both from the same family, and they both ended up at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston together when their family had to move.

“What’s unique about these two is the extent to which they’re bonded,” explained Rob Halpin of the MSPCA.

“Their family lost their home, and they were unable to find another home that would accommodate their pets.”

It’s heartbreaking to give up any pet to a shelter, but at least Leila and Kitty have each other.

“All they have is each other, and we can’t take that away from them now,” Rob said. “Our hope, and in fact our resolution, is to place them in a home that agrees to take both of them together so they need never be separated again.”

Usually, cats and dogs are housed in entirely separate units at animal shelters — for good reason! But this time, the shelter made an exception. They were housed together while they waited for their forever family.

Just a few days after this “odd couple” made the rounds on the news, that forever family stepped up to the plate.

“They love each other,” Rob told CBS Boston. “They feel calm and supported when they’re near each other. They’re really great friends and they need each other.”

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