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Adopt Us! These 'Chain Gang' Pups Were Saved from Neglect

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Adopt Us! These 'Chain Gang' Pups Were Saved from Neglect

Originally posted 07/10/2014 04:00 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 three: Manny, Troy and ShyAsia, 3-month-old pit bull mixes who were recently rescued from a neglectful home.

It's incredibly sad to think that the mother of these precious babies was, and still is, tied up on a chain outside her owner's house and has not been spayed. When she became pregnant several months ago, her owner didn't want anything to do with the puppies; they were tossed outside to die without food or water, says the Eleventh Hour Rescue of Rockaway, New Jersey.

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Adopt Me! Chuck's Resilience Will Inspire You

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Adopt Me! Chuck's Resilience Will Inspire You

Originally posted 07/03/2014 01:30 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 Chuck, a young pit bull who has overcome difficult hurdles in his short life.

This past Christmas, the pooch was found tied to a fence at the Asphalt Green recreational campus in New York City. Unable to walk normally, he could only drag himself by his front legs.

He was brought to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by two good Samaritans. Radiographs revealed severe joint disease in both of his hips due to old fractures, and, as a result, he had lost almost all the muscle mass in his hind legs.

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Adopt Me! Homer Wants to Make Himself at Home with You

Adopt Me! Homer Wants to Make Himself at Home with You

Originally posted 06/27/2014 02:30 PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month, and in honor of the wonderful rescue cats out there, we're introducing you to felines-in-waiting all throughout June. Today, we'd like you to meet Homer, a talkative 8-year-old tabby currently being cared for by the Home at Last Rescue of Berkeley, California.

These are the eyes of a curious cat. Though he may be a bit shy at first, when he's given the chance to relax, Homer is easygoing and affectionate.

When he wants attention, Homer is happy to let you know. "He will purr to no end with a little encouragement," reads his Adopt a Pet bio. "He loves to have his head, ears and belly rubbed and will quickly melt into a belly flop to have his soft underside pet."

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Adopt Me! Scratch Elaine's Ears and She'll Love You Forever | Animals & Pets, Pet News, Adoptable

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Adopt Me! Scratch Elaine's Ears and She'll Love You Forever

Originally posted 06/20/2014 02:00 PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month, and in honor of the wonderful rescue cats out there, we're introducing you to felines-in-waiting all throughout June. Today, we'd like you to meet Elaine, a 7-year-old who arrived at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, two months ago.

Sadly, when Elaine's parents divorced recently, it changed everything for her. The domestic shorthair, described as a "snuggler," was given up to the shelter and is hoping to make a connection with a new owner soon.

This kitty definitely knows how to charm people. "Elaine is a love bug and sweetheart, rolled into one," says administrative coordinator Kristen Rygg. "She loves everyone, gets along with dogs and other cats, and has lived with children."

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Adopt Me! Everdeen Is a Diva, in a Good Way | Animals & Pets, Pet News, Adoptable

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Adopt Me! Everdeen Is a Diva, in a Good Way

Originally posted 06/13/2014 02:00 PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month, and in honor of the wonderful rescue cats out there, we're introducing you to felines-in-waiting all throughout June. Today, we'd like you to meet Everdeen, a 2-year-old cat living at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Everdeen is gorgeous – and she knows it! Therefore, she's happy to have you brush her to keep her looking pretty. The kitty isn't an over-the-top diva, though – she "prefers to take the Zen approach to life," says activities coordinator Melissa Anderson. "She will take a interest in anything you're doing but is perfectly happy hanging out and supervising the activities of the household."

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Adopt Me! Shy Cat Mystery Could Show His True Colors to You

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Adopt Me! Shy Cat Mystery Could Show His True Colors to You

Originally posted 06/06/2014 12:30 PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month and in honor of the wonderful rescue cats out there, we're introducing you to pets-in-waiting all throughout June. Today, we'd like you to meet Mystery, a handsome boy living at the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg, Maine.

Like his name implies, Mystery is an interesting cat. "The way he looks at you," says kennel technician Genie Blodgett, "he's not afraid but he'll shy away a bit. Trying to get to know him has been very difficult. He's very mysterious."

While some cats reveal their true colors almost instantly, it's definitely been slowgoing with this 4-year-old who's been at the shelter for almost two years. "When people come in they think he's beautiful, but he'll say, 'I'm not interested in you' and turn away. There are people he likes and some he doesn't like."

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Adopt Me! Juliette Wants to Be Your Purr-manent Office Mate

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Adopt Me! Juliette Wants to Be Your Purr-manent Office Mate

Originally posted 05/30/2014 05:00 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 Juliette, a 3-year-old calico who is an office cat at the Upper Valley Humane Society in Enfield, New Hampshire.

Looking for those missing paperclips or rubber bands? Ask Juliette. It's highly likely that she's batted them under a desk somewhere. The cat has been at the shelter for nearly two years, and in that time she's explored every nook and cranny of the office she shares with office manager Michelle Laramie. Besides being a pro at swiping office supplies, Juliette loves to be involved in whatever tasks are at hand.

"She's usually sitting on whatever Michelle is working on, the payroll that she's trying to work on," says executive director Deborah Turcott. "She's quite adventurous. We had to put a screen up to keep her from escaping the room."

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Adopt Me! Easygoing Casey Will Go the Extra Mile for You

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Adopt Me! Easygoing Casey Will Go the Extra Mile for You

Originally posted 05/23/2014 02:00 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 Casey, a 5-month-old shepherd mix.

Casey has been through a lot in his short life. A volunteer with Desert Paws of Pena Blanca, New Mexico, spotted the pup dragging himself around at just 9 weeks old with broken back legs. It's presumed the poor guy was hit by a car. Despite his situation, the loving pup was upbeat and seemingly thankful to have been rescued.

A group of volunteers and supporters quickly rallied around the dog and raised enough funds to cover his medical needs. A local vet performed surgery and he has been recovering at the home of his foster mom, Linda, the good Samaritan who originally saved him.

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Adopt Me! Dixon Wants to Walk Into the Sunset With You

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Adopt Me! Dixon Wants to Walk Into the Sunset With You

Originally posted 05/16/2014 10:40 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 Dixon, a spirited young pup with lovable quirks.

When you meet Dixon, don't be surprised if he has a shoe in his mouth. He likes shoes. It's also not out of the realm of possibility that Dixon will grab the TV remote with his mouth in an attempt to change the channel. According to the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he's been living since March, this dog's love of life is obvious in everything he does – and it's contagious!

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Man to Walk 2,000 Miles with His Pups for Dog Cancer Awareness

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Man to Walk 2,000 Miles with His Pups for Dog Cancer Awareness

Update 05/10/2014 11:25 AM Originally posted 05/09/2014 04:00 PM

Like so many people, Luke Robinson has been touched by cancer more times than he would care to remember.

In 2008, after his dog Malcolm died of metastatic bone cancer, the former businessman and his two other pups, Murphy and Hudson, embarked on a 2,300-mile journey that took them two years and helped raise funds and awareness for canine cancer. When they arrived in Boston from Austin on their final mile of the trek, Robinson noticed Murphy had a snotty nose.

"We just thought, 'Well, it's been a long journey,'" he tells PEOPLE. Sadly, it was a sign of something much more serious.

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