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Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

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Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Originally posted 10/31/2014 09:00 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, as the month comes to a close, meet Vaughn, a 1-year-old pointer mix who came to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas on Oct. 11.

The 52-lb. pup was given up because his previous owners didn't have proper housing for him. He lived outside 24/7, which was torture for him because "he's a guy who wants to be with his people," reads the dog's biography.

"If you're looking for a loving and laid-back guy, Vaughn is your boy," Stephanie Knight, communications specialist at the SPCA of Texas, added.

The playful and energetic pooch is great with kids and other dogs, even though he sometimes has a tendency to be quite shy when you first try to pet him. But give him a chance and he'll show you his sweet side. "He's a sweetheart who loves kisses and lap cuddles," his bio says. "He is quiet and fun, and he'll be a great dog for someone."

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Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

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Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Originally posted 10/24/2014 11:00 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Castle, an adorable pit bull who is approximately 1 year old.

Here's a way to really celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day on Oct. 25: adopt this regal lady, who came to Animal Care & Control of N.Y.C. (AC&C) as a stray found in Queens.

Communications associate Alexandra Silver tells PEOPLE that the black-and-white cutie is very social and pleasantly greets every single person she meets. "She isn't just friendly with humans; she also seems to enjoy the company of other dogs," Silver says.

The young, energetic pup would do great with an owner who has as much pep as she does. Want to go for an impromptu run in the park? Count Castle in. And, if you'd like to curl up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones afterward, she's happy to oblige.

In honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, anyone who adopts a pit bull or pit mix from AC&C will receive a free New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society BarkBox, a package containing toys and treats for big dogs. Proud adopters will also get New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society pins.

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Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

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Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

Originally posted 10/17/2014 10:35 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Rascal and Jersey, two pups who prove that two is definitely better than one.

The Australian shepherd mixes were surrendered together to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee because their former owner couldn't find a place that would allow them both. The shelter can't bear to split these two, who are the best of friends, so they are hoping to place them in a loving home where they can spend forever together.

"Both adore attention and their personalities perfectly complement one another," says Angela Speed, vice president of communications for the shelter. "Rascal is adventurous and outgoing, while Jersey is sweet, submissive and exceedingly affectionate. When offered treats, Rascal executes his tricks with precision and focus, while Jersey drops to the ground and attempts to become the cutest sweetheart she can imagine – and she always succeeds!"

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Adopt Me! Ricky Is the Dog People Dream Of Owning

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Adopt Me! Ricky Is the Dog People Dream Of Owning

Originally posted 10/10/2014 12:00 PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Ricky, a 10-month-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

This adorable pup is the unofficial chairman of the center's welcome committee. A staff favorite, Ricky sits in the laps of every volunteer and visitor, and befriends every new canine roommate with affection or a tail wag.

Happy, playful and cuddly are some of the best ways to describe Ricky – so why hasn't he found his forever yet? Nobody knows.

"This is one of those question marks we see from time to time," says adoption services manager Adele Murillo. "Every now and again we'll get a wonderful dog who doesn't whine or bark for attention but just kind of waits his turn. It's almost as though his sweet personality gets him overlooked. He's really a love and he's going to make someone a very happy adopter."

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The Daily Treat: Hot Guys Pose with Puppies for Animal Rights

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Ice cream and chocolate sauce, peanut butter and jelly, rest and relaxation – some combos are just meant to be together.

Much like hot guys and adorable dogs.

N.Y.C.-based animal rescue, Louie's Legacy, has brought the two together for its new calendar, appropriately named "Hunks and Hounds."

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Adopt Me! Reggie Is Ready to Show You How Loyal He Is

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Adopt Me! Reggie Is Ready to Show You How Loyal He Is

Originally posted 10/03/2014 10:30 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Reggie, a Catahoula/hound mix from the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Under this 2-year-old pup's shy exterior is a lot of charm. "Reggie is a fun, loving, sensitive young guy," says rescue volunteer Kristy Stracuzzi. "He loves a good game of fetch and a perfect day for him would be a hike and any activity outdoors with his people."

The sweet dog was plucked from a Tennessee shelter and somehow lost a little confidence along the way, so it can take some time for him to trust people. "But once he does," adds Stracuzzi, "you will forever have his loyalty."

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Adopt Me! This Fetching Pooch Wants an Active Forever Friend

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This Fetching Pooch Wants an Active Forever Friend

Originally posted 09/26/2014 10:45 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Carly, and 18-month-old terrier mix who wishes her forever home could be the dog park.

Since her arrival in May at the Humane Society Silicon Valley of Milpitas, California, Carly has really come out of her shell. Although she was initially quite shy, she's decided the dog park is where it's at – so she'll welcome any opportunity to go there and play with the other dogs.

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Adopt Me! Gain Digit's Trust and He'll Ask for a Belly Rub

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Adopt Me! Gain Digit's Trust and He'll Ask for a Belly Rub

Originally posted 09/19/2014 03:00 PM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Digit, a 4-year-old shepherd mix waiting for his forever home at the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York.

Everything changed for Digit six months ago when his family gave him up because they were moving to an apartment that didn't allow dogs. Living in a busy shelter with lots of dogs and cats is a far cry from the quiet home he once knew – so it takes time for him to warm up and trust new people.

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Adopt Me! Hadley Is Looking Forward to Forever

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Adopt Me! Hadley Is Looking Forward to Forever

Originally posted 09/12/2014 11:00 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Hadley, a 4-month-old bulldog/collie mix who can win anyone's heart.

Talk about saving the best for last! Over the past two months, Hadley has watched each of her siblings go off to loving homes. She's the last of an unwanted litter that wound up at the Hub City Humane Society in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and she's ready to move on, too.

"She was shy when she first came in, but has come full circle and is the greatest puppy ever," says Sarah Douglas, a spokeswoman for the rescue. "She is really sweet and gets along great with other animals, kids and everyone!"

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Adopt Me! Waldo Wants to Be Your Shadow

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Adopt Me! Waldo Wants to Be Your Shadow

Originally posted 09/05/2014 11:05 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Waldo, a 3-year-old terrier mix who wants a person to call his own.

When he was plucked from a crowded animal shelter in Solano County, California, by the California Animal Rescue, he was tremendously fearful and cowered in his cage. "In the shelters they are usually so afraid that the shelter managers deem them unadoptable," says the rescue's founder, Vicki Benson. But as it turns out, Waldo just needed a change of scenery.

"They are always afraid at first," says Benson. "But Waldo came around and now he's very devoted."

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