Some people are convinced that dogs and cats can’t be best friends — but Morticia and Gomez proved them all wrong, in just one day.
Earlier this week, a Good Samaritan noticed a little dog and a small black kitten squeezed to each other between two portable toilets at Hampton Soccer Park, in Hampton, Virginia.
The passerby posted their whereabouts on the private social network Nextdoor to bring attention to the strange duo. A few animal lovers rushed on the spot and found the two animals still shivering in the grass, nearly frozen.
Yet, moving them to a safe place was not such an easy task, after all. Gomez, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, was determined to protect the tiny kitten at any cost.
“Totally bonded … dog is growling if we get too close so we have notified animal control and are waiting for them,” a Good Samaritan wrote in a post on social media. “Three of us are monitoring them right now.”
Ultimately, the dog and the kitten were brought to a local shelter and given time for their owner to approach. An image of the two of them was shared on the Facebook group Lost & Found Pets of Hampton Roads, VA, where the post made Turkan Ertugrul, director of Saver of Souls Pet Rescue, stop everything she was doing.
“They looked so scared in the picture it made us take notice,” she told The Dodo. “We tend to favor the scared ones because they just don’t understand when you are trying to help.”
She couldn’t get the bonded pair out of her mind, particularly because she was aware they would probably be kept apart at the shelter.
“At most shelters, it’s against policy to put dogs and cats together for safety’s sake and we knew they would be separated,” she said. “Their plight was keeping us up at night worrying about how they were doing apart from each other.”
She knew it is not just a matter of their physical safety— psychological health is important as well. And even worse, Ertugrul knew the shelter couldn’t guarantee that the 10-month-old kitten and her protective doggy would go to the same home.
“Most shelters can’t enforce that bonded pairs get adopted together,” she explained. “They are there to save lives, and holding on to a pair that may take a long time to get adopted together would endanger others’ lives.”
Because of that, Ertugrul was determined to make room for the pair as soon as they could be released and find them a home together. Luckily for the two friends, the employees at the shelter didn’t want to separate them either, and organized playdates for the interspecies couple in a meeting room where they were always excited to meet each other again.
Now they share a foster home where they live happily together, and it shows just how deep the animals’ bond goes. “[Gomez] ran up to the foster’s black cats initially, thinking one was Morticia and you could see his disappointment when he realized it wasn’t her,” Ertugrul said.
While Gomez and Morticia love people and are sweet towards them, their lively characters shine through now when they’re together. “Gomez is shy around people when he first meets them, but warms up quickly. He really opens up when Morticia is around,” Ertugrul continued. “They are both happier and more outgoing when together than when they meet people individually.”
Once the two have been spayed and neutered, they will begin their quest for a home that will be their home forever, and accept them both. And nothing would make them happier than that.