Chihuahua and pigeon, two roommates at pet shelter, are touching the hearts of millions

This coo couple may have a ruff life – but the unlikely pet shelter roommates became global celebrities.

Lundy, an 8-week-old Chihuahua who can’t walk, and his pal Herman, a pigeon who can’t fly, are snuggling together at the Mia Foundation, a nonprofit shelter catering to animals with special needs and birth defects in upstate Hilton.


“This guy here has touched the hearts of many people,” the shelter’s Gary Rogers told NBC affiliate WHEC.

Pictures of the duo on Facebook have prompted many messages and donations from round the world.

“I see a replacement friendship blooming,” Sue Rogers wrote within the post, which has garnered quite 6 million views and has been shared quite 43,000 times.


“Unbelievable that an easy , cute picture would go this crazy,” she told WHEC.

Herman, who has been living at the shelter for over a year, was likely left flightless thanks to the West Nile virus or a brain injury, while Lundy arrived six weeks ago from North Carolina unable to use his hind legs.

“I took Herman out of his playpen to offer him a while out and that i put him during a dog bed then I had to tend to Lundy so I put Lundy in with him,” Rogers told the news outlet.

“They just looked really cute together so I took some pictures and posted them to Facebook and therefore the next morning it had been crazy,” she said.

Rogers added: “Just from an easy picture of a pigeon and a puppy being shared, we’ve already brought in over $6,000 in donations.”

In an update on Facebook, she said she has been “inundated with requests to share the story behind the Lundy and Herman pictures from everywhere the planet the last 48 hours.
“From Mexico to Italy, Australia, Russia, UK, and more,” she said.


Rogers, who founded shelter in 2012, told folks that the nonprofit has also helped cats, horses, goats, turkeys and even a donkey.

“But people bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes,” she told the mag.

While Herman may be a permanent resident, she said she hopes to assist Lundy find a forever home where he can find out how to steer with a wheelchair of sorts.

“He is merely 17 ounces, so we'll need to serve the chair,” Rogers said.

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  1. Lundy and herman are so sweet. I wish I could adopt both of them. They so deserve to stay together. Just like me, being disabled, we all need love no matter how God put us here on earth.

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