When you think of a perfect pairing, a goat and a dog don’t exactly come to mind. A North Carolina animal shelter is trying to find a new home for a dog and goat pairing that has become inseparable.
The Wake County Animal Center said that “best friends” Cinnamon the goat and Felix the dog were brought to the shelter by the City of Raleigh Animal Control on March 13, 2023. The previous owner was no longer able to care for them so they needed a new place to stay for the time being.
Shelter director Jennifer Federico said that everyone was surprised to see the usual bond between the two animals, especially with how many dog attacks on goats they’ve seen.
“That’s not a normal combination,” Federico said. “Usually, we have dogs attacking goats so this is just a very unusual group.”
Frederico noted that the bond has gotten to the level that Cinnamon will cry when the two animals are separated. Officials are currently looking at rescue options but will consider adoption by members of the public if a new home isn’t found soon. The shelter is determined to find the duo a forever home where they can be together.
“In many cases of interspecies friendship, the species are not normally seen together, and sometimes, one is of a species that ordinarily preys on the other in nature — whatever the reason for these two bonding, it’s clear what would be best for their well-being is to keep them together,” Frederico said.