Friendship can be forged in even the toughest circumstances.
And the bond between feline friends Bastet and Ankh, who both survived serious injuries and bonded during their recovery at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. is so strong that the shelter will put them up for adoption as a pair on Tuesday.
"It's not uncommon to get pets brought in who lived together, but this is the first time that I can remember two animals growing so close to each other while in our care," said Humane Society spokeswoman Gretchen Pressley.
Bastet, a 1-year-old male black cat, was found at the end of May hiding under a bridge and covered in blood with a large burn wound on the back of his neck, Pressley said. While Bastet was recovering from surgery, a 2-month-old orphan gray female kitten that had been hit by a car arrived at the shelter in the middle of June.
"She was so scared all on her own and we knew she needed a buddy for comfort, so we put her in the surgery center with Bastet," Pressley said. "They have been inseparable ever since."
The kitten was named Ankh to match Bastet's Egyptian name, Pressley said. The pair sleep together, groom each other and snuggle constantly, so the Humane Society staff chose to keep them together and adopt them out only as a pair.
Bastet and Ankh are both sterilized, have been given clean bills of health and they can be adopted together at the discounted price of $68, Pressley said.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is among 50 animal shelters nationwide chosen to compete for a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA's Rachel Ray Challenge, running through Aug. 31.
Having saved more than 1,000cats and dogs since the challenge kicked off June 1, the Humane Society has the goal of finding homes for an additional 2,800 furry friends, Pressley said.
To promote the $100,000 challenge, the Humane Society will have adoption deals Mondays through Fridays until the end of August, including $30 off every dog adoption on Mondays, senior discounts on Thursdays and free cat adoptions on Fridays.
All animals put up for adoption are sterilized, vaccinated and cleared medically by the Humane Society. They all get a voucher for a free veterinarian consult, 30 days of pet insurance and free tracking microchip.