Adopt Me! Once Neglected, Dogs Kade and Shoes Are Bonded for Life

updated 11/23/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 11/24/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and each week, we’ll be introducing you to cats and dogs who need a place to live out their golden years. Today, we’d like you to meet Kade and Shoes, two lifelong companions who overcame horrible circumstances together.

It’s hard to believe that this sweet pair was given up by their previous owners because they no longer wanted them – but their surrender to the North Central Los Angeles city shelter may have been the best thing for them. When Tails of the City Rescue group founder Mary Ann Lagana first met them at the kill shelter in July, they were in awful shape.