If you hang out with the same group of people often, you will all begin to act and look alike — we have all heard similar phrases like this one to describe a close group of people, and the same goes for the animal world. Ask any companion animal guardian of multiple, oh let’s say, dogs. Having more than one dog in your home means not only a range of individual personalities, but a common pack mentality as well. It’s a daily game of follow-the-leader.
In the case of a diverse pet household, we may think there would be less getting along and more scuffling. Not at all true in the home of Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter’s (BARCS) director of operations Lisa Revella Morabito! She’s got a mixed bag of rescued dogs, two adopted cats, and a foster kitten named Matilda. And every day brings a new adorable moment, courtesy of Matilda the kitten!
Matilda was a skinny stray when she turned up at BARCS two weeks ago and Lisa could not wait to incorporate the kitten into the household saying she wanted “to get her fattened up and socialize her.” And that’s exactly what’s happening! Matilda is also doing amazingly well fitting in with her new doggie friends, she even developed a healthy obsession with Morabito’s pit bulls.
Before Matilda came into the picture, Lisa welcomed several sweet rescued dogs and cats into her home permanently.
Now a therapy dog, eight-year-old Piglet is a deaf pit mix rescued from dog fighting seven years ago. Seven-year-old pit bull Betty White was brought to BARCS about a year and a half ago with severe burns; she now visits schools as part of a humane education program. There is also Fiona, a nine-month-old cat who came to Morabito as a foster and just never left — she knew she had found her forever home. Six years ago Reed the cat was homeless as stray but found his forever home with Morabito, too. There is also 7-year-old Bella, a French bulldog rescued during a puppy mill raid. And finally there’s nine-year-old Spike, the only boy dog of the bunch!
“Her cuddling with all of the animals is adorable. Matilda usually runs around in the morning and plays with Fiona because the dogs sleep in as late as we’ll let them,” said Morabito. “Once the afternoon hits and the dogs have been fed and walked, they retreat for more napping and Matilda joins them then for cuddling.”
Matilda loves her foster parents and foster siblings, but is currently looking for her forever home through BARCS animal shelter! Cute Alert: check out her and her foster family in the following series of photos.
Lead image source: Lisa Revella Morabito via The Huffington Post