Friendship
Rescued pig and puppy share strong bond forcing animal shelter to find them home together
Rescue staff are calling the duo Timon and Pumbaa.
Ma Fatima Garcia
05.31.22

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” – Alfred Armand Montapert

We couldn’t agree more!

It’s always heartbreaking when people abuse animals. Unfortunately, it’s more common than we think.

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Each day, rescue centers receive calls from people who see animals being hurt, neglected, and abandoned.

Animals may not talk, but we all know how they feel.

In such heartbreaking moments, everyone, including these abused animals, needs a friend to support and tell them that everything will be okay.

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This is the story of two pals who refuse to leave each other, like Pumbaa and Timon.

AHS or the Arizona Humane Society rescued a unique duo, a chihuahua and pig, respectively, this May.

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The authorities arrested the owner, but the charge was unrelated to animal cruelty, according to a statement released by AHS.

Good thing the animals were safe and AHS was able to rescue them. They took them to the vet and had their first check-up.

We rarely see a dog and a pig living together or being best pals, but Timon and Pumbaa’s case is different.

Most of us are familiar with the duo from The Lion King, right?

So, imagine the happiness the people from AHS felt when they saw the adorable duo. That is why the staff decided to name the pig, Pumbaa, and the dog, Timon.

Even how Timon rests at Pumbaa’s back looks the same. They are so adorable!

It surprised the staff of AHS to see how Pumbaa would allow Timon to ride on his back.

Unfortunately, it turned out that Pumbaa needed medical care. AHS was not equipped to give Pumbaa the medical care that he needed, so they asked the experts, BPR or Better Piggies Rescue to help.

Better Piggies was happy to give help.

They took Pumbaa and Timon in because they knew the duo wouldn’t want to be separated.

Even if Pumbaa is already ten years old, he still needs to be neutered. It will take a while, but the staff is positive that the duo will be in their best health and will be happy in the sanctuary.

“Pumbaa – he’s made himself right at home in the front of the sanctuary with Bubs, TT, Alvin, and Mob. He’s a natural greeter and I can’t wait for everyone to meet him when we start up tours in September. Plus he needs to be near his best friend, Timon, who we are working with to become a sanctuary dog, said one of the rescuers in Better Piggies.

Better Piggies Rescue said they plan to make Pumbaa a permanent ambassador. We can’t wait to see Pumbaa’s poster!

As for Timon, the post included that he has already been neutered and they are all so grateful for the love and attention everyone is giving to the duo.

According to Better Piggies, they are also thankful for all the donations they are getting and promise to do their best for all the animals they have rescued.

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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