What's more heartwarming than the daring rescue of an animal that has a happy ending? Or the adorable, yet unlikely friendship that animals sometimes form? How about a story that encompasses both those things? That might just be the most adorable thing yet, and that's exactly what happened at Santuario Igualdad Interespecie.
Located in Santiago, Chile, the organization aims to provide a safe and permanent home for farm animals that have been rescued from precarious, dangerous, and negligent circumstances. The staff at the sanctuary provide veterinary care, food, water, and shelter; they also seek to attend to the emotional needs of the animals, who have usually spent their whole lives prior to coming to the sanctuary in the deplorable conditions found at slaughterhouses and hatcheries. The group also promotes veganism, as a method to stop the exploitation of these animals for their resources. They cite the motivating sources behind their mission as commitment to animals, the fundamental need for equality, justice for the animals they rescue, and respect for the animals for whom they care.
The sweethearts in this video are just two of the inhabitants of Santuario Igualdad Interespecie. Laura the piglet and Marina the cat might not look like natural or likely best friends, but they definitely are. Laura was rescued from a slaughterhouse and Marina was found abandoned on the side of the road. Now, they play games, have fun, and roam free at the sanctuary ... now, that's the life!