The love of your life can be found in the most unexpected of places – just ask Agatha and Jukebox, two pit bulls currently living at the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.
The two dogs entered the shelter separately: Agatha as an owner surrender and Jukebox as a stray. But as soon as they found out each other, their connection was unquestionable.
“Typically when a bonded pair of dogs come in the shelter, they’ve spent their whole life together,” Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, director of animal services, told The Dodo. “But with these two, they didn’t know each other. They met in a play group one day and from the second they laid eyes on each other they became inseparable.”
Both pups had been struggling to adjust to shelter life, but their growing friendship quickly soothed any anxiety and depression. “Despite the fact that they are living this life of confinement, which is super stressful on most dogs, they take so much comfort in each other’s presence,” Hassen-Auerbach said.
The two pups now share a single kennel, which allows them to spend all their time together. They don’t care much for personal space, preferring to snuggle on one cot when it’s time for lights out.
“There’s plenty of space for them to stretch out,” Nikki Reck, public information officer for Pima Animal Care Center, told The Dodo, “but they share that tiny little bed together and that’s how they prefer it.”
A photo of the two dogs snuggled up together recently went viral after Reck posted it on Facebook. Shelter staffers are hopeful that the attention on social media may help find Agatha and Jukebox a forever home – together.
“Typically we don’t say ‘these two have to be adopted together’ because that makes it take longer for them to find a home,” Reck said. “But with these two, we just can’t bring ourselves to split them up, so we’re hoping against hope that we can find a home for them together because the two of them are meant to be.”
Meanwhile, Agatha and Jukebox are doing their part to make potential adopters who happen to stroll by their kennel fall in love with them.
“Every time people come in the shelter they catch their attention,” Hassen-Auerbach said. “You walk by their kennel and they’re always doing one of 20 cute things. They’re either resting upside down on their backs together, or one of them is licking the other one.”
As their stories are shared with the world, these shelter dogs remind us of the countless animals still awaiting their forever homes. They encourage us to consider adoption and open our hearts and homes to these loving, deserving companions. They remind us that every shelter dog has a unique story and the potential to bring immense joy and happiness into our lives.
May their heartwarming interactions serve as a reminder of the power of compassion, empathy, and the healing nature of the human-animal bond. Let us continue to support animal shelters, rescue organizations, and adoption initiatives, ensuring that every shelter dog finds the loving home they deserve.