While visiting London Humane Society, you have most likely come across a kennel containing two animals along with a note reading: “bonded pair.” This term means that the two animals have a significant relationship; they may be litter mates, a parent and offspring or just friends that have lived together for a long period of time.
When a bonded pair of pets is brought to London Humane Society for re-homing, we insist that they are adopted together. This is a decision that we are proud of, however it is quite normal for bonded pairs of animals spend more time in shelters than individual, adoptable pets.
If the length of stay in shelters is longer for bonded pairs, you may be wondering why London Humane Society does not separate them, instead. Shannon Tilley, a Registered Veterinary Technician at London Humane Society provided the answer: “When any animal comes into the shelter, they are going through a very stressful period in their life. Keeping bonded pairs together helps to ensure that their emotional distress is minimized as much as possible.”
We were so pleased to just recently announce the fact that a bonded pair of Jack Russell Terrier/Pug mix siblings, named Gucci and Bailey, had finally been adopted into their forever home after spending 5 months at London Humane Society. Their adopters provided the following statement about why they encourage others to adopt a bonded pair of animals: “How could you separate family? Gucci and Bailey are happiest when they are together. They keep each other company, so if we are busy or out running errands it’s comforting to know that they are together. Watching these siblings interact together is so lovely.”
There are, in fact, many benefits to adopting a bonded pair of animals:
- Adoption transition period in your home is typically easier – for you and them. Bonded pairs tend to adjust to new environments (and people) much quicker than an individual animal.
- Adopting a pair of pals can actually end up being less work. Many destructive behaviors are due to boredom or separation anxiety. Having their best friend with them at all times provides them with both mental and physical stimulation.
- Good lessons for children, including the importance of understanding sibling & animal relationships.
- Studies show that animals bonded to one another live longer and healthier lives!
Help London Humane Society continue to provide care and shelter to surrendered, neglected and mistreated pets (including bonded pairs) throughout London & Middlesex County by joining our PAW Monthly Donor Program.