Romeo the cat and Juliet the dog are inseparable. They looked out for each other as strays, and became despondent when they were separated at a Chula Vista shelter. Until it became apparent to all that their bond should not be broken.
A rescuer found the pair “hiding under a car together and cuddling,” shelter administrator Amanda Mills told ABC News today. “And when they were brought in together, they immediately showed they didn’t want to be separated, and they physically tried to stay together.”
The orange tabby and gray Miniature Schnauzer appear to have been strays until two weeks ago, according to Mills, who works at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility in Chula Vista, California.
Romeo was put in the feline housing and Juliet was sent to a separate section for canines. “When the dog was out in the kennel, the cat just really wasn’t doing very well,” Mills said. “Romeo got kind of sick, pretty depressed. He wasn’t eating well, and he was lethargic and didn’t want to play. Even his coat and fur weren’t in good condition.”
“When staff had Juliet visit him he immediately perked up, and Juliet let out a tiny whimper as she nuzzled him,” according to a post on the shelter’s Website.
The staff decided that the bonded pair were lovesick, and “moved some things around” to create a special space for them. “They just needed to be together,” Mills told ABC News. “As soon as Romeo saw Juliet again, he just perked right up. The cat finally started playing and eating again.” The story was also reported by Joe Little of 10News.
“This couple will need a furrever family with children ages 12 years and older for Juliet and keeping Romeo as an indoor cat,” according to the shelter Website posting. “With our special October adoption event this pair can be adopted for $50. Which includes being spayed and neutered, microchipped and currently vaccinated. If you think your home can accommodate this duo please contact the adoption counselor.“