Buttons and Kitty are awaiting adoptive homes at Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. Photo: Casey Gutteridge / SWNS.com
Kitty was just one day old when she was found abandoned in a garden, rescued, and brought into London's Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. Buttons the Jack Russell Terrier was born at the shelter, after her mother was given up by her elderly owners who could no longer care for her.
Buttons cuddle/tackles Kitty.
The orphaned pair were introduced to one another two weeks ago and since then, they have been inseparable. Photo agency SWNS was on hand to photograph the two during playtime.
Kitty gets the upper "paw" on Buttons.
According to staff they cuddle and play together like sisters. Battersea Veterinary Nurse Sascha Taylor said: "Normally we’d hand-rear puppies and kittens separately but we thought we could try putting them together as they are both so young. Luckily it’s paid off as they adore being with each other and do everything together - it’s really very sweet."
Kitty and Buttons love to play together.
The two are being hand-reared, which Nurse Sascha says is pretty hard work. They have to be fed every two hours, throughout the day and night. But she said, "it's totally worth it."
Buttons and Kitty strike the classic dog and cat pose.
The shelter staff are now looking for a permanent home for the adorable pair, who are both around four weeks old. It's not certain if the pair will remain together. Said Sascha, "We’re not sure if they’ll be rehomed together, though it would be great if they did."
Applications for adopting Kitty or Buttons, and other deserving animals at Battersea, can be made by visiting Battersea's website at www.battersea.org.uk.
Watch Buttons and Kitty in action below!
Update: November 27, 2012
Nine weeks after arriving at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Kitty and Buttons have been adopted together! The Read family from Colchester, adopted the pair from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor after seeing their story on the Battersea website.
The hand-reared pair are now nine weeks old and will be joining the Read family and their rescue dog Rosie and cats Marge and Homer.
"We've been so excited about Buttons and Kitty coming to live with us. Out of all the people in the world who came forward to rehome them, I can't believe we got them," said Maureen Read. "They are going to love living with us as we will give them lots of love, attention and kisses. I work with horses on an 800 acre estate and once Buttons is old enough she'll be joining me and Rosie at work."