When a mini horse named Waffles and a goose named Hemingway first made their Internet debut, it didn't take long for the world to fall in love. The Bucks County SPCA rescued the adorable duo from a farm in Pennsylvania after they were found living in deplorable conditions. They were brought in with several other barn animals, but rescuers quickly noticed something special about Waffles and Hemingway. They shared a surprising bond, and it was soon clear they needed to be adopted together.
Rachel Freeman, shelter supervisor, credits their strong bond to their shared experiences. The mini horse and goose shared a stall, and they survived living with inadequate shelter and not enough water. Freeman told Fox29,
"Everything they've gone through, they've gone through together. So for us to bring them in here and separate them would have been pretty detrimental. "
At the shelter, Waffles and Hemingway were always a team. When a vet visited Waffles, Hemingway was there to support his best buddy. They didn't want to be apart, and shelter staff determined they should always be kept together. The other animals were ready to be adopted, but the shelter knew the unlikely best friends would need a special home. They needed someone that could not only care for two barn animals, but someone who would promise to always keep the two together.
In their search for the right family, Waffles and Hemingway caught everyone's attention. The shelter posted their story on social media, and news outlets from across the country fell in love. ABC's "Good Morning America" featured the unlikely friends on their show, and soon everyone was talking about the mini horse and goose that couldn't be separated.
Thanks to their national fame, Waffles and Hemingway started receiving numerous adoption applications. People were inspired by their ability to overcome their differences and form such a powerful friendship. After sifting through over 150 applications, Bucks County SPCA finally found their famous friends the perfect new home. A vet cleared them for adoption, and the barnyard friends left with their new family on Wednesday. The shelter posted on Facebook saying,
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"Waffles and Hemingway have left our barn for their new home! We will miss them, but we couldn't be happier for this pair. We wish them all many sunny days and green pastures!"
Waffles and Hemingway are off to start their new lives, and these unlikely friends have a lot to look forward to.