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Christine Hilberg was minding her own business, driving along in Southern California, when she noticed a homeless man with a pup who looked in need of medical attention. That pup was Puka, and Hilberg”s friend, Roxy, convinced the homeless man to let the two women make sure that the pooch was alright.

Hilberg ended up becoming Puka”s mom…

His cleft lip was what made her think he might need a trip to the vet. But it”s only a cosmetic flaw.

His cleft lip was what made her think he might need a trip to the vet. But it

If you could even call it that…I think it”s pretty cute!

If you could even call it that...I think it

But Puka isn”t the only rescue in this household…

But Puka isn

Rocket Larry the tortoise, named after Larry David, has become Puka”s best friend.

Larry was rescued, too, from a reptile hoarder who”d posted about him on Craigslist.

Larry was rescued, too, from a reptile hoarder who

Clearly, these two are very happy in their new home.

Clearly, these two are very happy in their new home.

Holidays are fun times for them…

Holidays are fun times for them...

As their mom, a photographer, likes to put them in matching outfits and share the images to raise awareness for pet adoption.

As their mom, a photographer, likes to put them in matching outfits and share the images to raise awareness for pet adoption.

Sharing the special bonds that pets can have with each other and their humans reminds people of all the loving babes out there without homes.

Sharing the special bonds that pets can have with each other and their humans  reminds people of all the loving babes out there without homes.

After the official Instagram account shared a photo of these two…

After the official Instagram account shared a photo of these two...

They caught the attention of the public with their sweet smiles.

They caught the attention of the public with their sweet smiles.

Now, with almost 19,000 followers, they won”t just be sharing birthdays with each other…

Now, with almost 19,000 followers, they won

They”ll be celebrating with all of their fans and supporters!

They

But they”ve got plenty of downtime, too…

But they

And Puka can get very protective of his reptilian bestie!

And Puka can get very protective of his reptilian bestie!

(via Mashable)

These unlikely friends just go to show you that rescued and adopted pets are 100% as much of a pal as pets you find at a store or a breeder…just in case you needed more proof. I hope these two have many more happy times with their caring mom…

Be sure to follow their mom”s account for more of this adorableness!

Be sure to <a href="https://instagram.com/chilberg/" target="_blank">follow their mom

More stories like this straight ahead!

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