At The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we often see animals come in together that are clearly emotionally attached to each other. Sometimes they are siblings that have grown up together and been released together. Other times they were strays that were found together on the street. We try as hard as we can to adopt out bonded pairs to the same forever home, so they can stay with their companion. People tend to shy away from pets that are labeled as bonded pairs, because they are hesitant about adopting two pets. While, yes, it will be twice the food and twice the medical needs, it will also be twice the love and twice the rescue.
It’s twice the fun!
One pet is great, but two is double the fun! When you adopt a bonded pair you are ensured that these two pets get along well and can play without aggression. This is a huge relief when adopting animals. It is hard to know who will get along with who and if your pets will be safe with a new companion. When you adopt a bonded pair, they have gone through evaluations and it is assumed that the two pets will play but not become aggressive towards one another. When pets can play with each other, they won’t need to rely on you as much to drain their excess energy.
Mama (805513) 8 year old female & Anastacia (805749) 6 year old female bonded pair available at HSSA main campus
It’s twice the comfort!
When you are away from home, your pet will have a friend to entertain and soothe them. Pets that experience separation anxiety will benefit immensely from that friendship. Pets that will be left alone for long hours can benefit as well. Sometimes, having a warm body near them is enough to feel comforted and supported. When you adopt two pets, you also get double the affection and double the human-animal bond. You will have two friends to greet you when you get home. They will make your home feel more like a family in no time at all.
It’s twice the rescue!
It is a huge commitment of time, energy, money, and emotional space to adopt an animal. Adopting two is twice that. However, you are also saving twice as many lives. That’s twice as many animals off the streets. Twice as many animals not neglected or forgotten. Twice as many animals spayed and neutered and thus preventing countless homeless pets in the future. It makes a big impact when you adopt an animal, and adopting two is choosing to open your heart twice as much.
Check out this video of adoptable bonded pair Vicki and Veronica at HSSA main campus. Do you have a bonded pair in your home? Would you feel comfortable adopting a bonded pair? Why or why not? Leave us a comment below letting us know!