Animal rescue hopes to rehome cat-and-dog duo together

BestPals Animal Rescue hopes to keep Bella, Left and Dusty together in their new home.

OLIVE TWP. – Michelle Kenat from BestPals Animal Rescue in Holland is waiting for a holiday miracle.

Kenat is the executive director of the nonprofit – and she’s seen pretty much everything over the years. But this month, Kenat is hoping to have an unusual connected couple back home: a seven-year-old German Shepherd, Bella, and her three-year-old pal Dusty, a cat.

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The duo came to BestPals after their family was forced to give up on them during difficult times. According to Kenat, it’s rare for adoptive parents to show interest in more than one pet – let alone animals as diverse as these.

“People are usually looking for one or the other,” she said. “I’ve already had people who showed an interest in Dusty and Bella and then stepped back. Couples are generally more difficult to adopt, but I do everything in my power to keep them together – and you are welcome to stay here for that time.” it takes time.”

Bella currently lives with Kenat.

Bella, left, and Dusty – her feline friend – are photographed after they meet again on Wednesday November 24th. BestPals Animal Rescue hopes to have the duo back home together.

“She’s such a good dog,” said Kenat. “She came in with three other dogs and cats. She gets on with everyone. She just walked in and made herself comfortable. She didn’t even bark.”

Meanwhile, Dusty is in the organization’s cat shelter.

“He was very scared when he came here,” said Kenat. “We try to make little puppets for the animals so that they can hide. We didn’t see him on the first day, but on the second day he was really fine.”

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The couple were reunited just before noon on Wednesday, November 24th.

“Their owners said they were a fun couple to watch,” said Kenat. “They like to play together. It doesn’t have to happen, but it’s my wish and I’ll start there.”

Both pets are child-friendly and friendly with other animals.

Dusty, Top and Bella - his dog friend - will be photographed after they meet again on Wednesday, November 24th.  BestPals Animal Rescue hopes to have the duo back home together.

Dusty, Top and Bella – his dog friend – will be photographed after they meet again on Wednesday, November 24th. BestPals Animal Rescue hopes to have the duo back home together.

“Some people say they never leave their animals,” said Kenat. “But I try never to make people feel guilty about their decisions or decisions. Even if it sounds awful, they know in their head that their pets will be better off in the long run.”

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BestPals offers adoption options to ensure that families and animals are comfortable with their new arrangements.

“These animals are really going to be mine,” said Kenat. “We’re going through so much and I keep in touch with the owners and tell them to come back if it doesn’t work. And there is always another one – always. “

To learn more about Bella and Dusty, call BestPals at 616-212-3368 or visit bestpalsrescue.org.

– Contact reporter Cassandra Lybrink at cassandra.lybrink@hollandsentinel.com. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Animal Rescue Hopes to bring the cat-and-dog duo back together