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Timon and Pumbaa, two inseparable dog and pig friends, start a new life together

A dog and a pig shouldn’t worry for the rest of their lives after an Arizona animal shelter made sure they found a new home together.

Timon, a chihuahua, and Pumbaa, a pig, ended up at the Arizona Humane Society earlier this month after their owner was arrested, AHS said in a statement sent to HuffPost. The shelter did not provide further information about the owner’s arrest, but noted that the charges were not related to animal cruelty.

It wasn’t long before their deep friendship became apparent to the staff at the animal shelter.

“While it’s not always recommended that pigs and dogs live together, this unlikely duo enjoyed visiting each other on occasion while at AHS,” the statement read. “Immediately, AHS staff saw how strong the bond between these two was, especially when Pumbaa is kind enough to allow Timon to hitchhike from time to time.”

Pumbaa had medical needs that meant he would need specialist care, so the shelter tried to find a pig-centric organization that could accommodate both creatures.

That place turned out to be Better Piggies Rescue, a pig sanctuary in New River, Arizona. Although the sanctuary has pigs for adoption, it announced this week that Pumbaa and Timon will have a permanent home at the sanctuary — and that Pumbaa may even have a new job.

“He’s a natural host,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook, adding that the gregarious pig will meet people when the group resumes public tours in September.

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