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A debonair dog, a canine cardigan, and an adoption to cure doggy depression: These adoption stories will make you smile.
By Best Friends staff

No matter how big or small, young or old, it’s a magical moment when homeless pets have new families to love them. The wagging tails, rumbling purrs, and smiling faces are all the proof we need of that. From coast to coast, Best Friends Animal Society helps thousands of pets find new homes each year, and every adoption is a cause for celebration (and maybe a few happy tears).

That joy is worth sharing, so here are just a few of the dogs and cats who have recently settled into their new lives with their new favorite people.

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Puppies are hard to resist, so it’s easy to see why Athena was the center of attention at the grand opening of the new Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas. Everyone wanted a chance to pat the pup, and she wasn’t going to complain about any of the attention. But as fun as having a whole crowd of admirers can be, there’s nothing quite like a home. Athena was adopted that day, making her one of the first of many adoptions out of the new center.


They say time heals all wounds, but sometimes you need a friend to help you get back on your feet when times are tough. And Dora was that friend when her new doggy sister needed help. Their family says:

“Our 12-year-old Australian shepherd, Dakota, went into a state of depression after losing her lifelong companion last year. She no longer showed much interest in her daily walks, but that changed when Dora arrived. Dora and Dakota play for hours every day, and Dakota cleans her ears, face, and other parts just like a mother caring for her pup. They are genuinely best friends.”


What does it take to save a kitten? Eli landed in a Texas shelter when he was just 2 months old. After Best Friends took him in, our team in Houston placed him in a foster home for a week, had him neutered, and then Krystal adopted him. So what does it take? A little time, a little love, and everyone doing their part. Now, these two are BFFs.


Bunny has a big personality and even bigger ears (hence the name). When she was about 5 months old, she was found injured on the side of a road with a broken leg. For the next three months, she had to be on crate rest while she recovered. Being confined for that long meant she had a lot of pent-up energy, which might have deterred some, but not this couple. They were charmed by Bunny’s puppy antics — and those ears, of course.


When George was adopted, he became a fundamental member of the family, never to be left behind if the situation allowed it:

“George loves to tag along with the family on any and every activity possible. He frequents Twin Cities breweries, hiking paths, music venues, doggy daycare, and relatives’ homes. But mostly he loves being smothered with love from his new family. He “works from home” along with mom, but when he’s off the clock, he plays exciting games of tug with dad and fetch or tag in the backyard with his (human) brother and sister. He has been dubbed Gentleman George at doggy daycare because he is so polite and well-behaved. We are ridiculously proud of him and can’t believe how lucky we are to have found such a perfect family member.”


Have you ever seen a more adorable Cardigan? This little guy arrived at Best Friends with his mom and eight other siblings, and the family of nine immediately started charming visitors. As soon as they were big enough to be adopted, the families came pouring in, and this fancy fellow landed himself a home. It’s safe to say that his sweetness will always be in fashion, no matter how styles change.

This article was originally published in the July/August 2023 issue of Best Friends magazine. Want more good news? Become a member and get stories like this six times a year.

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