Ruby and Hummus: Furry Friends Forever

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 1:30pm
brown dog and orange cat hanging out on a couch

Ali and Ricky are two-time adopters from the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan. After bringing home a snuggly pup named Ruby, they decided she needed a furry companion. That’s when they met a cat named Hummus, and their family of three became four. Ali shared the following story with us:

We decided to adopt Ruby three years ago because we wanted a dog to complete our family. I was adamant about rescuing a pup in need, so my first choice was the ASPCA! We visited the Adoption Center and looked at all of the dogs There was something about Ruby that was special—and we kept coming back to her over and over again. Within five minutes of playing with her, I was sold. It was an instant connection.

We had to wait until the next day to come pick her up, and that was the longest night ever! We loved her already and couldn't wait to get her home. Since then, Ruby has done nothing but snuggle with us, love us, and pretend she's a two-pound lap dog. She is everything we ever wanted and more! 

A few weeks ago we decided it would be awesome to have another little addition. We decided that she might like a buddy in the form of a cat, as she is very gentle with them. I went to the ASPCA once more because my experience with Ruby was so awesome. We soon found Hummus, and it didn't take long to realize this little guy was going to be a great fit in our home! 

We were afraid that Ruby might be a little too hyper for Hummus as she can be a real lover at times, but it took only a day or two for her to adjust and begin to love him as one of her own. Sometimes we find them snuggling together, or find Ruby grooming Hummus like one of her pups! They love each other, and Ruby has definitely stepped up to the plate as an awesome big sister.

Ruby is a dream come true and Hummus is such a wonderful new addition to our family. He quickly found his way into our hearts. We are so thankful to the ASPCA for bringing these two amazing animals into our home and family. They see us through tears, joy, and everything in between! Words will never be able to say how much they give us.

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Dog and cat friends sitting on couch


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The true instant gift that I always knew and felt are that these beautiful animals are a gift from God. How many other things can you list that even by just looking at a picture you have an instant result..a huge smile, warmth in your heart. We have three four legged family members..if it was up to me I would have atleast 100. I struggle to understand people who are not animal lovers...maybe someone can open my eyes to that. I get the fact that there are chores when it comes to having a every where..litter boxes to clean . Dog matters to pick up in the yard..yet nothing beats my alarm clock of hungry critters and big sweet kisses or gentle purr's

dan killeen

Amen to that.

Ginger Wirt

Can't tell you what a great story that was to read. I see and read so many sad things on line, pinning on Pinterest, etc. It was awesome to read something a wonderful as the story of Ruby and Hummus!! Thank you for sharing.


Almost all of my animals over the years have been rescues. One was even a feral cat, and she took eight months before she'd let me touch her.
So why is it that the rescues always have such good spirits? Because they know what they almost missed? I've even had rescued cats who were mistreated, and they mended in their own time. One such cat took a long time before she trusted me, but when she did, it was complete.
Rescues are the best, most inspirational, most rewarding and most loving animals. I've also had two purebreds (Maine Coons) who were just fantastic! Beautiful, loving, FUNNY (they have a great sense of humor and love to clown around) and I mean no disrespect to them (just in case they're reading this). It's just that rescues bring a sense of satisfaction that the pampered fuzzy kitties I 'bought' do. (Can you imagine buying a cat? I actually paid good money for those expensive hairy animals.)


So beautiful...animals are amazing creatures. Humans can learn so much from them.


Wow, I am fludding with tears of jou, love this story...animals are angels that help bring out the good side of ourselves....

Sandra Riddick

A beautiful story between a dog and cat!