Adoptable Dogs of the Month: March 2021

Posted by Scott Tunstall

Even though pet adoptions have been on the rise, there are still thousands of pups waiting to find forever homes. These adorable adoptable dogs are available this month at different shelters and rescues across the country.

Rocco Choco

Heuvelton, NY
Happy boy seeks loving family. Photo by

Rocco Choco brightens every room he enters with his sunny disposition and glowing smile. He has spent the last four months living at Gracious Friends Animal Sanctuary in Heuvelton, NY. This 4-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix loves playing fetch, taking long walks and sharing long cuddle sessions. He’s a well-mannered boy who can’t wait to be your best buddy. His wish is to celebrate his next birthday in a forever home.

Rocco Choco can explore miles of shoreline and woodland trails with you at nearby Black Lake. If the weather cooperates, he can even splash around in the lake’s cool glacial waters.

If you’d like to bring Rocco Choco home, go here to fill out an application. Adoption fees are $250.

Since 2002, Gracious Friends Animal Sanctuary has taken in and cared for countless abandoned, surrendered and neglected animals in Northern New York State. Its primary goal is to rehabilitate at-risk dogs and cats that deserve a second chance at finding caring pet parents.

Portrait of a Frolf champion. Photo by @sunvalleypets

Helga is an energetic 6-year-old Staffordshire Terrier mix who currently lives at the Sun Valley Animal Shelter in Glendale, AZ. She enjoys playing fetch with her favorite frisbee and testing the durability of new toys. She has a playful spirit, but would prefer to be an only dog. She knows basic commands like sit and shake, and is begrudgingly learning how to “drop” things. Show Helga some love and she’ll be your buddy for life.

An adventurous pup like Helga will be happy to trek the desert trails that run through Thunderbird Conservation Park, located 12 miles north of the shelter.

Begin the process to add Helga to your family here. Adoption fees are $200.

Founded by two women in 1991, Sun Valley Animal Shelter oversees over 1,000 dog and cat adoptions every year. Its no-kill facility in Glendale provides housing for close to 150 animals. A team of dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find every furry friend a safe and loving home to call their own.

“I presume you have treats.” Photo by Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter

Diesel is a 4-year-old Pit Bull mix who wants nothing more than to run free in the fenced backyard of his forever home. He can be found napping in the sun and giving himself back scratches by rolling in the grass at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, MT. Diesel is microchipped and ready to start a life of adventure with a loving individual or family.

Once all the paperwork is signed, you can take Diesel for a leisurely riverfront stroll on Norm Schoenthal Island. Leashed dogs are allowed on trails that are accessible year-round.

Find more information on adopting Diesel here. Adoption fees are $160.

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter has been caring for lost and abandoned dogs since 2009. As Montana’s largest shelter, it takes in over 5,000 animals every year. However, thanks to community outreach and regular adoption events, the majority of rescues are rehomed within a month of arriving at the shelter.

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A resident of Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, MS, Redman is a 1-year-old Labrador/Hound mix eager to become someone’s best buddy. He’s a gentle soul who gets along well with other pups and greets everyone he meets with a happy tail wag. This leash-trained, well-behaved boy deserves a home to call his own.

You and Redman can see if the Mississippi Dogwood trees are blooming at nearby Paul B. Johnson State Park. Leashed dogs are permitted throughout the park. The cost to enter is $4 per vehicle.

If you’d like to bring Redman home, go here for more information. Adoption fees will be waived.

Southern Pines Animal Shelter houses stray or unwanted dogs and cats from the Hattiesburg area and surrounding counties. In 2019 alone, it admitted over 7,000 abandoned animals from across the state. No matter the age or health of a pet, the shelter’s devoted staff does everything in its power to improve the lives of each animal that passes through its doors.

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Mindy is a 1-year-old Australian Cattle mix who was abandoned with no information at the Athens County Dog Shelter drop-off kennels in Chauncey, OH. She’s a sweet girl with a happy demeanor who enjoys long walks on the leash and spending time outdoors. All she needs is love and attention inside a warm forever home.

Once Mindy joins your pack, she can play off leash at West State Dog Park, located 4 miles from the shelter.

Go here to find out more about welcoming Mindy into your home. Adoption fees are $125.

Athens County Dog Shelter cares for and helps rehome abandoned and surrendered pups from the city of Athens and nearby counties. It also strives to educate the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership and eliminate the needless abuse and neglect of all animals in the community.

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Ariel might be deaf, but that doesn’t stop her from being the life of the party. When she’s not sniffing for treats at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary in Hollywood, SC, this 9-year-old American Staffordshire mix can be found playing fetch or practicing her doggy paddle skills. She requires extra attention, but the reward for your efforts will be happy and lasting memories.

After she's yours, treat Ariel to a scenic 15-mile car ride to Brittlebank Park, located on the shores of the Ashley River in Charleston. She can watch Egrets take flight as she strolls along the pier.

Find out more about taking Ariel home here. Adoption fees vary.

Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary is a safe haven for over 200 dogs and cats. Four-legged guests are housed in heated enclosures lined with straw. There are over 30 acres of grounds for pups to play, including a swimming pond and wide open fields. All animals are showered with constant affection until they leave for their forever homes.

“It’s cuddle time!” Photo by For the Love of Dogs Vermont

Active and affectionate, Pauly is available to adopt through For the Love of Dogs Vermont in Waitsfield, VT. This 1-year-old Pit Bull mix gets along well with other canine cousins and is always ready for play time. He’s a delightful boy who can’t wait to find a permanent cuddle buddy.

Pauly can romp around and make new friends at the Hubbard Park Off-Leash Dog Area in Montpelier. Watch him explore woodland trails and wet his paws in the swimming pond.

Information on adopting Pauly can be found here. Adoption fees are $450.

Each year, For the Love of Dogs Vermont relocates hundreds of dogs to New England from high-kill shelters in New York City and Southern states like Alabama, Georgia and Texas. Since 1981, this shelterless rescue has successfully rehomed over 2,000 dogs. Once adoption applications are approved, most pups are then transported to Vermont to meet their new pet parents. All rescue dogs are spayed/neutered and heartworm-negative.

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