updated 09/30/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/03/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Kristin Bauer’s family of six was always meant to be together.
The True Blood actress’s rottweiler Asher was the last dog remaining at an adoption event she attended for Best Friends Animal Society.
“That metal truck pulled up and I just couldn’t put him in there,” she tells PEOPLE. “So the city said, ‘Well, do you have $37?’ I had a little bag of dog treats and I looked through it and there was $38.”