Thinking about bringing another furry friend into your family? We can help you out! Here are the 16 sweetest dogs and cats at shelters in the Midwest who really want to find loving forever homes. They're seriously so cute that we're thinking of adopting them all ourselves. To learn more about a kitty or pup in the midwestern United States, just click on their name!
Hannah's favorite place to be is in your lap or in your arms, and then she wants to play, play, play! Her favorite toys are sparkly pompoms and twisty pipe cleaners. Her nickname is "Fearless" because nothing bothers her, not even when she escapes her room and the big cats hiss at her while she eats their food. We think she would be happy in most homes, but since she sometimes gets excited during play time, she would probably be better with older children. All that's needed is gentle redirection, and she will get the right idea.
Where: Chicago, IL, Breed: Diluted Tortie
Harvey is a lovable 3-year-old who loves being outdoors. He's always happy and friendly and enjoys playing fetch, going on walks and saying hello to any squirrel brave enough to come into the yard. Due to his love of food and treats, he's rather easy to train and usually comes when called, unless he's playing fetch and wants to run off with the toy. Most of the time he's fairly mellow until he gets a chance to go outside.
Where: St. Louis, MO, Breed: Border Collie mix
Leonard is currently living with his brother in a foster home. His foster mom just nicknamed him Pretty Boy, and he's a typical kitten who loves to play with cat toys and anything else that catches his attention. When he gets tired, he looks for a nice, soft lap to go to sleep on or, if you have a computer, he'll sleep on your desk to keep you company while you do your work. He's also a little purr machine!
Where: Cedar Rapids, IA, Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Hello Dolly is a cutie who is only 13 weeks old and just 10 pounds. She will probably only grow up to be about 40 pounds, which can be the perfect size for some families. Her mom was a stray and very pregnant. Hello Dolly tends to be very happy, bouncy and not at all shy. She's full of curiosity, and when she's not playing, she'll follow you around like a little lamb.
Where: Franklin, TN, Breed: Hound/Lab mix
Angie is a shy girl and likes to keep a low profile. Even though she's a little bashful, she will warm up once she gets to know you. Just wait until she stares into your soul with those pretty green eyes!
Where: Columbus, OH, Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Stella is a petite cutie patootie with a face that with instantly melt your heart. She was born about four weeks after her mama, Simone, was rescued from life on the streets. She can be a bit shy initially but once she gets to know you, she is very sweet and affectionate. She loves to be high in her cat tree to survey her domain, and she'll also happily curl up in your lap for a cat-nap, purring away contently. Canned food is her favorite, and she will stop in her tracks if she smells it or hears a can opening.
Where: St. Louis, MO, Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Arizona is one of the shelter's "Grey's Anatomy Puppies." She was born around mid December 2015 along with nine other siblings. We aren't sure who her daddy was, but her momma is Seattle, a very sweet 30-pound lab mix. She has a wonderful personality and loves people.
Where: Minneapolis, MN, Breed: Labrador Retriever mix
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Frodo is approximately 3 months old and weighs 13 pounds. He loves to snuggle! He's a super-fast learner, and in fact, he just learned how to play tug of war for the first time. He loves to run right next to his human friends and is currently learning how to play fetch! Did we mention how much he loves to snuggle?
Where: Grafton, WI, Breed: Labrador/Catahula mix.
Zax is a handsome long haired blue point with deep blue eyes. He's playful and affectionate, and he's used to living with other cats so he gets along well with them. And look at that beautiful fur! Don't you just want to pet him all day?
Where: Greenfield, IN, Breed: Ragdoll/Persian mix
Cooper is a 4-month-old beagle pup that is as cute as can be! He's super sweet, very friendly, likes to follow you around and is a great cuddler! He gets along great with other dogs, kids and cats, and he loves playing with them as well as his toys. Cooper is already doing wonderfully at crate training and is working on his potty training. Good stuff!
Where: Livonia, Michigan, Breed: Beagle
Larkin has a soft gray and peach coat and a round little face. She likes attention but seems equally content to lounge around and watch the shelter volunteers work. She often sits on the bench across from the door so that people see her right away. It's a solid strategy, as she was constantly being petted and held during her first open house. She really appreciates the attention and is very placid, even with strangers.
Where: Fargo, ND, Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Cassidy is friendly with everyone she meets and is crate and leash trained. She's still working on being house trained, but so far she's making great progress! She's currently living in a foster home with other dogs, and she loves playing with them and her human caretakers.
Where: Minneapolis, MN, Breed: Spaniel/ Labrador Retriever mix
Libby is young and beautiful with a quirky personality, so we think it's best if she introduces herself:
"Hello! I am a very social girl who does her best to mingle with everyone and everything. I like to know what everyone is up to in case it looks like fun! Sometimes I have difficulty finding just one dog toy to keep me occupied so I'll end up playing with the toy basket itself. Once I have some energy burned up, I love to cuddle. My foster people keep telling me that I get myself into the weirdest positions, but I don't mind. I'm just trying to get close to them, even if that means I have to be on top of them."
Where: Grafton, WI, Breed: Shepherd mix
Maria was found one morning in a box outside the shelter doors. She's a little shy at first, but quickly warms up. She has a regal bearing, thinks she is a princess and expects to be treated as such! Like many calico cats, she is also very intelligent. What a sweetie!
Where: Columbus, OH, Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Charming is a precious young boy who came from Kentucky Animal Control. The shelter environment tends to be too overwhelming for this sweet pup, so he is shy and timid in the kennel. Once you sit with him and let him come to you, he will become your friend and crave your cuddles. What a sweet prince!
Where: Northbrook, IL, Breed: Jack Russell Terrier mix
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