Dec 2 2010

Bonded Pairs

 

Huan Huan & Happy want to be together forever! Watch their video on Youtube.

At Wayside Waifs we see our fair share of sad situations. A puppy mill dog that we receive that has never been shown love, a puppy abandoned in a parking lot, or even a puppy who has never been shown love AND was abandoned in a parking lot. Some of the more heartbreaking cases are when two dogs, or two cats, get brought in together, have to go home together, and sit waiting in the shelter for weeks or months because people are afraid to take on two animals. And in most cases, it’s two older animals, which makes people uneasy as well. What most people don’t know is that bringing home two bonded pets is not half as much work as it is imagined to be! The pro’s of adopting a pair outweighs the cons by far.

When two animals bond to one another they tend to adjust to new situations better. For a puppy or kitten that has just been separated from their siblings, moving in to a new environment can be extremely scary and lonely. For an adult dog or cat, moving in to a new environment can be just as stressful- especially if they have been in a shelter environment for a long period of time, or if they are naturally on the shy/skittish side. When you bring home a bonded pair they have one another to cling to if they get scared. They have someone to sleep with, someone to explore with and someone to go through the change with. It can be less intimidating and they tend to adjust to the environment quicker.

Owners of bonded pairs also find that a duo is usually less demanding. Since bonded pairs have each other, they don’t rely as much on their owners for constant play and attention. Don’t read that wrong, bonded pairs want just as much love and affection from their owners as a single pet- but when it comes to boredom, they have one another to supply the activity. Also, since the pair can play and interact with one another, the probability of destruction in the house drops too.

Most bonded pairs tend to be older, and have lived together for years so they usually have some training under their belt already! You won’t have to go through the dos and don’ts of puppy hood and you won’t have to go through the scratched up furniture of kitten play. Studies also show that bonded pairs who stick together actually live longer and healthier lives. Love makes the heart younger and bonded duos are the perfect example of that. Some people don’t understand why duo’s can’t be separated, but the fact of the matter is that animals will become physically and emotionally ill if they are separated from their long term partner in crime.

When you adopt a bonded pair you are doing two wonderful things: you are giving two (typically older) homeless pets a loving home, and you are also saving them from being separated. They say rescued pets know they’ve been rescued; can you imagine having two pets who know you saved them?! Imagine all that love; double time!

So if you see an animal and think “Oh goodness, they would just be perfect!” and then find yourself changing your tune when you realize they have to go home with the other animal in their kennel, rethink. You obviously want to make sure you have the environment and space for two animals but it’s not as difficult as you may think. Don’t cast duos aside just because it’s double the animal. Realize the wonderful relationship those two animals have and honor it. You’ll receive double sloppy kisses, double sleeping buddies, and double the love; how can you go wrong?

Written by Alyssa Willet
Adoptions Supervisor at Wayside Waifs


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