Bonded cat and dog put up for adoption after owners moves away

Everything fell apart for feline friend, Fergus and adorable pooch, George when their owner’s health deteriorated, putting them into an assisted living. Broken-hearted, Robert Toole brought Fergus, a 2-year-old, tan Chihuahua, and George, an 11-year-old cream cat, to the Aiken County Animal Shelter on Jan. 8 and unfortunately waved goodbye to his two pets.

Fortunately Robert was able to procure their medical data, the pair immediately went up for adoption. Worried and left guessing as to why they were at the shelter, Fergus and George snuggled together as it quickly became clear to the staff at the shelter that these friends needed to be given to the same home.


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FOTAS friend Martha Anne Tudor posted pictures of Fergus and George on her Facebook page along with their sad story. The post was shared by thousands.

On the morning of Jan. 9, before the shelter had even opened its doors, Lynn Usry was patiently waiting outside, prepared to adopt Fergus and George.

“My friend forwarded me the Facebook post and their eyes just spoke to me,” Lynn stated. “As soon as I saw the two of them in their kennel, I knew they would be perfect for our home.”

Lynn brought Fergus and George home to greet her husband, Mark, and their other pets, the transition went perfectly. George started hanging out with the couple’s other older cat, Mojo, and after around a week, Fergus and Mia, their golden retriever pooch, were inseparable. Fergus and George also get along with the Usrys’ other Chihuahuas, Bert and Ernie, and male golden retriever, Marley.

“We all hang out together,” Lynn said during a phone call last week. “Right now, Bert and Ernie are sitting in one recliner and Fergus is on my lap underneath his favorite red blanket. He’s a spitfire and fits right into our group. He often curls up with Mia and uses her as a pillow.”

Lynn offered to bring Fergus and George for visits to their old owner, Mr. Toole. But when the shelter staff reached out, he declined. He said the experience would be too painful for him.

The Usrys have a small farm with goats and chickens, and Lynn said she’s finding great comfort being with her pets during the COVID-19 crisis. She’s a retired OR nurse and Mark is currently the director of University Hospital’s biomedical department.

“The adoption process was wonderful,” Lynn said. “Everybody was very kind. I took the babies home and they didn’t have any issues. I think God just meant it to happen… to have everything fall into place.”