'They instantly loved each other': Toddler with cleft lip adopts puppy with same condition

Two-year-old Bentley and his puppy Lacey.
Two-year-old Bentley and his puppy Lacey.  Photo: Jackson Country Animal Shelter

A toddler with a cleft lip and his puppy are warming hearts around the world.

Two-year-old Bentley Boyers was born with a cleft lip and has already had two surgeries to repair his condition.

When his father, Brandon saw Lacey the puppy, who also has a cleft, he called his wife Ashley on Facetime immediately, knowing they had to adopt her.

"I said, 'I want her for the sake of Bentley,'" Ashley explained to ABC news.

"They're the best of friends. If Bentley is playing on the playground, she's next to the slide waiting for him to come down. They do everything together."

The Jackson County Animal Shelter, where Lacey was adopted from, shared adorable photos to their Facebook page, ecstatic that the pair had found each other.

"It's so hard to put into words how meaningful this adoption is to all of us, so we are going to let the pictures speak for themselves," read the post.

"Introducing Bentley and his new puppy. At two-years-old and with surgeries already under his belt for his cleft lip, Bentley found his match today in this tiny pup who also has a cleft lip."

"They instantly loved each other," the post continued. "We wish many years of joy as this special pair grow up together!"


It’s so hard to put into words how meaningful this adoption is to all of us so we are going to let the pictures speak...

Posted by Jackson County Animal Shelter - Michigan on  Thursday, September 3, 2020

Comments flooded in after the post, gushing over the adorable friendship.

"Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and best wishes to the family. Bentley and his puppy are adorable!" one user commented.

"You can see the love and happiness," gushed another.

"My heart is gonna burst!" Declared another. "They BOTH are PRECIOUS."

About one in every 700 babies in Australia are born with a cleft - an abnormal gap in the the palate that occurs when some parts of the mouth fail to join together during early pregnancy.

Bentley has already undergone had two surgeries, including one to help fully close his lip and has several more procedures to come, including a bone-grafting operation.

"I found out he was going to have a cleft lip during my gender ultrasound. He had his first surgery when he was five months old," Ashley said to The Washington Post.

"He is the strongest little boy I know."