Sweet Pair Seeks Loving New Home

A family who specializes in fostering special needs, hospice and medical cases is currently caring for a cat loving dog and a dog loving cat. The sweet pair, Boxer “Lai Lai,” and her feline friend, “Squirtle,” were in extremely poor health not long ago, but recovery has been made a bit easier thanks to the duo’s sweet friendship.

Foster mom, Kickie D’Alfonso, told Shelter Me how the boxer, “Lai Lai,” came to be a homeless:

Lai Lai was picked up as a stray for the 3rd time in one month with her brother in Lockhart, Tx. The shelter contacted the owners but they never came to reclaim the dogs.


Lai Lai had a multitude of medical issues when she first arrived to the Lockhart shelter…she had several masses, a bacterial infection, tick infestation, heartworms and an eye that needed to be removed. Though Lai Lai still has heartworms, she is not symptomatic and her treatment should be relatively easy.



When Squirtle, who is described as a “dream of a feline friend,” first arrived to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter he was in critical condition. In fact, he was severely anemic, suffering from kidney issues, had multiple puncture wounds and a horrible burn on his back; his condition was so dire that his survival was questionable.

Today, a much healthier Squirtle is available for adoption through the Bastrop Animal Shelter (Bastrop, Texas) and his six-year-old buddy Lai Lai is available for adoption through the Austin Boxer Rescue (Austin, Texas).

D’Alfonso told Shelter Me, “Both are up for adoption through different rescues. We are opting to keep their adoption local to Austin (to surrounding areas within a reasonable driving distance) in case the adoption does not work out for some reason we back our fosters and will take them back.”


Until the perfect home is found, these unlikely friends will continue to enjoy each other’s sweet company.

Petfinder profile for Squirtle here.

Adoption profile for Lai Lai here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.