We’re in the dog days of summer—and that means National Dog Day is coming up on August 26th! Find your new best friend at one of these local dog shelters. Warning: you’ll probably want a dog after looking at these pics. It will be pawsome!   

Paws Across Pittsburgh

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Image via: Paws Across Pittsburgh, Facebook

The non-profit is an all volunteer, foster based animal rescue dedicated to helping animals in need. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless, abused and/or unwanted dogs and cats. All animals that enter into the rescue will receive appropriate vet care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and preventive treatments, with the goal of assuring a loving, forever home for every animal!

South Hills Pet Rescue

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Image via: South Hills Pet Rescue, Facebook

They’ve been rescuing dogs and saving all breeds with all needs since 2013! Available dogs come vetted, microchipped, spayed/neutered and with some basic training. You can meet the pup, fill out an application, and schedule a meet-and-greet with their canine behavior consultant. If an adoption dog doesn’t work out, the adopter is required to return the dog to SHPR per the adoption contract so that SHPR can work to find him or her a new home. South Hills Pet Rescue is open by appointment only at the time. Happy tails!

FurKid Rescue

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Image via: FurKid Rescue, Facebook

From death row to happy homes! Furkid is a foster network rescue–all of their rescues are temporary members of their families, giving you insight into the personality and needs of each animal. The foster-based animal rescue organization was founded in 2008, having placed over 2,000 dogs, cats, pigs, in loving homes. According to FurkidRescue.com, their “rescue seeks to help animals go from life-threatening situations to homes where they will be given the love and care they deserve.” 

Butler County Humane Society

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Image via: Butler County Humane Society, Facebook

The Butler County Humane Society is a non-profit animal shelter that has been serving the Butler community since 1897! They save the most vulnerable animals and enrich the lives of pets and people. Their mission is to provide temporary, safe, no-kill shelter for homeless and lost cats and dogs, ultimately placing them in loving homes while increasing community awareness of the humane treatment of animals through education, spay-neuter programs, rabies clinics, and the respect for life! 

Home At Last Dog Rescue 

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Image via: Home at Last Rescue, Facebook

They aren’t actually a shelter, they pull dogs from various shelters and provide foster homes until they are adopted. Home At Last has a great group of volunteers whose goal is to save the lives of homeless dogs suffering in high-kill shelters, as well as owner-surrender dogs who need to be re-homed due to unfortunate circumstances. Home visit/vet check will be done to determine the best placement for the dogs! 

Lifesavers Animal Rescue 

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Image via: LifeSavers Animal Rescue, Facebook

Lifesavers Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving animals–rescuing dogs from high kill shelters all over the country and from Animal Control facilities in the Pittsburgh, PA area and Greensburg. Their passionate team of regular and part-time volunteers provides housing, healthcare, vaccinations, complete nutritional rehabilitation, and behavioral evaluations with focus on getting the true personalities of the animals to shine through! Check out these cute dogs!   

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Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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