Ertugrul couldn’t get the bonded animals out of her mind, especially since she knew they would most likely 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,” Ertugrul said. “Their plight was keeping us up at night worrying about how they were doing apart from each other.”
Ertugrul knew there was more to just physical safety with animals who are bonded — psychological health is important, too. And even worse, she knew the shelter wouldn’t be able to ensure that the 10-month-old kitten and her protective pup would go to the same home.
“Most shelters can’t enforce that bonded pairs get adopted together,” Ertugrul said. “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.”