To Ensure Bonded Pair Will Not Be Separated, Shelter Marries Senior Dogs

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A bonded pair of senior pit bulls tied the knot recently at a shelter in hopes of bringing attention to their need of finding a forever home…together.

Jack, 10, and Diane, 7, were brought to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Maine this past August after being found abandoned at a local cemetery. When staff realized their owner was not coming back for them, they helped the pair adjust to their new environment.

“We have given them their own room at the humane society, which allows them to have their own quiet space while lounging on their beds,” says Stevanie Roy, the director of operations at Kennebec Valley Humane Society.  “They enjoy their outdoor time as much as they enjoy their lazy time, and the staff and volunteers love to bring them to nursing homes, fundraising events and other community activities.”

While Jack and Diane have received lots of love, cuddles and snuggles at the shelter, staff wants them to find a forever home together.

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The pair are very much bonded. “They have fun together, enjoy snuggling and share an incredible love for each other,” says Roy. “When they are separated, they patiently wait for the other’s return — and whether it be 3 minutes or 3 hours, they are so filled with joy when being reunited.”

The staff thinks of them as as an old married couple. When Kennebec Valley Humane Society decided to highlight these pair to potential adopters they wanted to make their “relationship” official. So, they threw Jack and Diane a wedding last month.

Image courtesy of Kennebec Valley Humane Society

While Diane got ready – including putting on a veil — in her own private room, Jack, with a bowtie on, waited at the altar. When it came time for the ceremony to begin, Diane was walked down the aisle on a rolled-out long carpet as the John Mellencamp song “Jack and Diane” played in the background.  Jack, not able to contain his excitement, met her half way.

Image courtesy of Kennebec Valley Humane Society

“As the officiant, I spoke about the bond between the two dogs and asked for their ‘I do’s,’ which was answered with face licks,” says Roy. “We then sprinkled rose petals over them as they enjoyed their first photo as bride and groom.”

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Image courtesy of Kennebec Valley Humane Society

Afterwards, the reception included a pizza party, where the newlyweds received a few pepperoni slices to celebrate.

Image courtesy of Kennebec Valley Humane Society

Now officially married, the senior pit bulls are ready for their home.

“Jack and Diane are looking for a home with no other animals,” says Roy. “They want to spend their golden years together in a quiet atmosphere where they can take long naps, enjoy the weather when it’s warm and get plenty of treats and stuffed toys!”

If interested in welcoming these two into your home, head over to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society website.

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