Rescue Spotlight! Meet Ami & Mikaela, The Cat & Dog Wonder Duo

We see plenty of cat-dog friendships on social media these days! Meet, two recently relinquished pets, an 18-month old female Shepard-blend named Ami and a 9-month old female brown tabby named Mikaela, who were reunited after being separated. They're rescues just like us!

Helen Woodward Animal Center is lucky to see new friendships formed every day as happy adopters go home with fuzzy forever friends.  But it was the old friendship of an unlikely pair that touched the hearts of Center staff this week.

Last week, Ami and Mikaela came to Helen Woodward Animal Center by way of long-time rescue partner VIDA (Volunteers in Defense of Animals). 

The group relayed the twosome’s tale and a hope that placement at the Center would help them find a home together.  Shepherd-blend Ami (meaning “friend” in French) had immediately connected with the tiny tabby Mikaela from the moment the family brought her home, and an old photo left with the pair even shows them snuggling from their earliest days.  Unfortunately, life-changing plans relocated their adopted family to a different country.  Not wanting to put the pets through the long quarantine process, the difficult decision was made to surrender the duo to the rescue group.

As if the sudden change of location wasn’t challenging enough, Ami and Mikaela’s distinct difference in size have kept them apart for the time being. A pen big enough for Ami has bars too easy for Mikaela to escape through and a pen small enough for Mikaela leaves Ami with too little room for her size and energy.

Yesterday, Helen Woodward Animal Center united the friends for the first time since their surrender and the joy was palpable.  Covering Mikaela’s face with happy kisses, Ami showed no signs of forgetting her best buddy and Mikaela welcomed the familiar affection of her best girlfriend. 

Ami and Mikaela are available for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center. 

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The Center is seeking a forever family that will adopt the friends together. To adopt Ami and Mikaela or for more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, please go to, call 858-756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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