updated 10/05/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/09/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Joey Lawrence doesn’t mind shelling out a small fortune to own a little Tiffany.
Filming a movie in Australia, the Melissa & Joey star stopped by a local shelter and spotted a true jewel: a female black Labrador-Australian heeler mix.
“She was just the most amazing little thing ever,” he told PEOPLE at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine.
“We had to bring her home. It cost me, like, $1,000 to get her into the country, but it was worth it. She’s just an amazing animal.”