By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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The unlikely friendship is credited with keeping alive the quadriplegic moggy, named Ruth, who can only get around by using her front legs to crawl
Dogs are usually known for being a man’s best friend, but young Idgie seems more devoted to the black-and-white cat - and never leaves her side
Ruth was abandoned at the bottom of a driveway in Florida, along with her puppy protector
At first rescuers at Seminole Animal Services separated the pair into cat and dog facilities but Igdie soon pined for her feline friend.
Now the companions live with Jacqueline Borum, head of the Project Paws charity and owner of the Hollywood Houndz adoption facility in Lake Mary, Florida.
They were named after the characters in the film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and the inseparable animals love to cuddle, share toys and even food.
Jacqueline said: “People discredit the ability for animals to feel emotion and attachment.
“These two share everything. Ruth has a handicap and so Idgie senses Ruth’s vulnerability. I think Idgie would give her own life for this cat.
“For Ruth and Idgie this story has turned out to be nothing short of a Disney movie, but thousands of other abandoned and abused animals are not so fortunate.”
Jacqueline hopes the popularity of the pair will encourage more people to adopt pets in need, even if they have a disability.
Jacqueline has set up a new website (ruthandidgie.org) where those inspired by the story of Ruth and Idgie can support organizations like Project Paws in their efforts to help abandoned and abused animals.