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‘Paw'd' Couple: Dog-and-Cat Pair Reunite at Animal Center After Time Apart

A San Diego County animal center is hoping a family will adopt furry friends Ami and Mikaela together

A sweet reunion between an unlikely dog-and-cat duo separated when their family surrendered them touched the hearts of workers at a San Diego animal center.

The 18-month-old shepherd blend Ami covered 9-month-old brown tabby Mikaela with kisses when they reunited Thursday at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Ami showed no signs of forgetting her best feline friend, center spokeswoman Jessica Gercke said in a statement.

Ami, whose name means "friend" in French, connected immediately with Mikaela the moment their former family brought the tiny tabby home.

When the family had to move out of the country, however, it didn't want to put the two through a long quarantine process. So the family decided to surrender the pets to the rescue group Volunteers in Defense of Animals, or VIDA.

Ami and Mikaela's distinct difference in size kept them apart, as the pair had to stay in different-sized pens.

VIDA brought the dog and cat to the animal shelter, hoping their placement there would help them find a home together.

Ami and Mikaela are available for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. For more information visit or call 858-756-4117.

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