Goat meets dog: Furry friends in Wake County on the prowl for their forever home
It’s a story straight out of a beloved childhood cartoon: An unlikely duo defies the odds and forges a friendship to stand the test of time.
This month, the Wake County Animal Center has become home to a pair of slightly peculiar furry friends, Cinnamon the goat and Felix the dog.
Cinnamon and Felix came into the center together on March 13 after their owner could no longer care for them.
It quickly became clear the two shared an inseparable bond. They do all the standard animal activities together: playing, eating and sleeping.
“Goats are social animals and so are dogs, so when they’re put together – it makes sense they would find friendship,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, the director of the center. “In many cases of interspecies friendship, the species are not normally seen together, and sometimes, one is of a species that ordinarily preys on the other in nature”
The shelter staff embarked on a mission to find the new arrivals a forever home — hopefully together.
“Whatever the reason for these two bonding, it’s clear what would be best for their well-being is to keep them together,” Federico said.
Given that the vastly different species require different care, they would need to be rescued by someone ready and able to take both into their home.
But this story has a happy ending.
Just two weeks after they entered the shelter, Cinnamon and Felix have found a permanent home. The center said Tuesday it has identified a proper rescue for the pair and is no longer accepting requests to rescue or adopt them.
“People often mischaracterize shelters as dog pounds, but the Wake County Animal Center takes in a huge variety of dogs, cats, mice and other critters,” said Wake County Commissioner Cheryl Stallings.
“Still, to see such a strong bond between a goat and a dog is really special,” she added.