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Meet the Billionaire Saving Sochi's Strays

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Meet the Billionaire Saving Sochi's Strays

Originally posted 02/28/2014 03:45 PM

The Winter Olympics may be over and the crowds have packed up and left Sochi, but the stray dogs that captured the world's attention are still there. And so is Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire who developed much of the area and is now determined to do what he can to shelter and find homes for the area's estimated 4,000 dogs.

"It is a problem, a big problem," says Deripaska in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, while flipping through countless photos of strays on his cellphone. "Here, look," he tells his visitor a moment later, pointing to a picture of ten puppies in a cardboard box. "Somebody dropped these off at our shelter a few days ago."

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Adopt Us! Get Double the Cuddles with Nika & Loxi

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Adopt Us! Get Double the Cuddles with Nika & Loxi

Originally posted 02/21/2014 12:30 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 Nika and Loxi, two feline best friends whose personalities complement each other.

This adorable pair was first adopted from the San Francisco SPCA in 2008, but they were sadly returned due to unfortunate circumstances. They are so bonded that the shelter has been trying to find them a home together, which clearly hasn't been easy.

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Adopt Me! Valentine Will Steal Your Heart

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Adopt Me! Valentine Will Steal Your Heart

Originally posted 02/14/2014 07:30 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 Valentine, a cat so full of love despite his heath woes.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is hoping this cat will find himself lucky in love this Valentine's Day. He was returned from his first adoptive family a few months ago when they discovered he had a heart murmur, a sign that something more serious was afoot.

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Dog with Two Noses Is Having a Ruff Time Finding a Home

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Dog with Two Noses Is Having a Ruff Time Finding a Home

Update 02/08/2014 06:00 PM Originally posted 02/07/2014 01:20 PM

Nobody nose heartbreak quite like Snuffles.

The 4-month-old Belgian shepherd has been overlooked by potential adopters because of a unique birth defect: a snout that looks like two noses.

"It is such a shame to think that this sweet-natured lad may not find the loving home he deserves," Sandra Lawton, manager of the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, tells the Daily Mail. "We take in hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes but I have never seen anything quite like Snuffles."

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Adopt Me! Senior Pup Bear Wants to Be Your Loyal Friend | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Adoptable

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Adopt Me! Senior Pup Bear Wants to Be Your Loyal Friend

Originally posted 02/07/2014 11:30 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 Bear, a wire-haired German shepherd whose life was turned upside down when his elderly owner passed away last year.

When the 8-year-old pooch first arrived at Oreo's Animal Rescue in Dickinson, N.D., seven months ago, he was frightened. The quiet life he once knew was suddenly gone, replaced by the noisy interruptions of other dogs and cats.

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Adopt Me! Sweet Sapphire Wants to Stay in Step with You

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Adopt Me! Sweet Sapphire Wants to Stay in Step with You

Originally posted 01/31/2014 12:15 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, we'd like you to meet Sapphire, a baby blue nose pit bull who was abandoned outside a Los Angeles Petco store when she was just a few weeks old.

Thankfully, the adorable puppy was scooped up quickly by the L.A.-based Tails of the City Animal Rescue. Now 5-months-old, Sapphire's currently being fostered by a volunteer in an apartment with two dachshunds.

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Adopt Me! Nomey the Dog's Tail Wags 24/7 | Pet Adoption, Adoptable

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Adopt Me! Nomey the Dog's Tail Wags 24/7

Originally posted 01/26/2014 09:30 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, we'd like you to meet Nomey, a happy-go-lucky guy who lives life to the fullest.

Look up the term "happy tail" in the dictionary and you'll see Nomey. "His tail wags so much that he was smacking it on the sides of his run and causing the tip to bleed," says Roger Keyser of the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, N.J., where Nomey has been since mid-December. "It's actually a [common] thing."

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Adopt Me! Perry the Cat Escaped Sewer Life

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Adopt Me! Perry the Cat Escaped Sewer Life

Originally posted 01/17/2014 04:15 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, we'd like you to meet Perry, a cat recently found living in a Riverdale, N.J., sewer.

When Marcia Scott got a call from her friend about a sweet adult cat who'd taken up residence in a sewer, she just couldn't say no. The friend lured the feline out of the sewer, where he'd been hiding out as temperatures dipped into the single digits, and Scott made room for the "very friendly" pet at her Happy Cat Rescue, based in Albany, N.Y.

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Sneak Peek: The Bachelor Poses for Photos with Shelter Pups

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PHOTOS: There's Nothing Hotter than Juan Pablo Galavis with Shelter Dogs

Update 01/13/2014 07:15 PM Originally posted 01/13/2014 04:30 PM

Things are about to get ruff for Juan Pablo Galavis.

After a cute photo shoot with adoptable dogs on Monday's episode of The Bachelor, one of the girls has a serious meltdown, which sends her to the dog house.

Thirteen contestants meet up with Galavis and learn they are each being assigned a homeless dog who will pose with them – along with the single dad – for a photo shoot benefitting Models n Mutts, a nonprofit helping animals find forever homes.

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Adopt Me! Angis Wants to Watch The Bachelor with You | Adoptable

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Adopt Me! Angis Wants to Watch The Bachelor with You

Originally posted 01/11/2014 09:00 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, we bring you Angis, a sweet pup who steals scenes on next week's episode of The Bachelor.

This season's suitor, Juan Pablo Galavis, is looking for true love – and so is Angis. The 3-year-old pops up on Monday night's episode, which takes the eligible Venezuelan on a group date where he poses in photos with adoptable dogs from Best Friends Animal Society's Los Angeles pet adoption center.

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