The RSPCA has used the occasion of Valentine's Day to draw attention to the plight of abandoned animal couples looking for a home together.
Though the majority of the animals that leave the rescue centres are re-homed individually, there are several cases where the charity is reluctant to separate a pair of animals who have formed a special bond.
While in some cases this is through the animals arriving at the centres in a pair, it can often be the vase that animals form bonds during their stay with the charity.
They highlighted several examples of animal couples looking for a new home together, including pairs of dogs, rabbits and cats.
The director of animal welfare promotion at the RSPCA, John Rolls, said: "Breaking up is hard to do and it would be heart-breaking to have to separate these obviously well-matched couples."
"Hopefully they will find owners prepared to keep the love alive," he added.
Mr Rolls explained that under the new Animal Welfare Act, pets are required to be appropriately housed with, or apart from, other animals and, just like humans, animals can get lonely.
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