When two dogs are bonded, being separated can cause them intense emotional stress. That’s why for these pairs, shelters do their best to find a family who’s able and willing to adopt them together.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out, ending in the two being adopted into different homes. Such was the case for best friends Abby and Otto, two strays living together on the streets until they were both brought into the Adams County Pet Rescue in Washington. While they were initially separated and later went home with different families, their amazing story didn’t end there.

A few years ago, Alycia and Rebecca from Animal House TV were out filming an episode in a neighborhood frequented by many stray dogs. One in particular caught their eye, but they weren’t able to catch her.

Fast forward a few months and the female dog, Abby, showed up at the shelter with another dog.

The two were put into separate cages — that is, until Abby started escaping from her kennel. Shelter staff found her sitting next to the other dog, Otto, just outside of his kennel. That’s when they realized the two were a bonded pair.

Sadly, though, Abby needed to go through more training to become adoptable, while Otto was ready for a home. He was adopted, seemingly leaving his friend behind for good.

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