11 shelter pets practiced their Valentine’s Day hugs

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Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, the Petfinder Foundation asked its friends from shelters and rescues across the country for pictures of their adoptable pets being hugged! Our favorite photos, below, come from Petfinder members that received photography equipment grants and training through the One Picture Saves a Life program.

1. Walking shelter dogs during the winter in East Hanover, N.J., can be frigid, but Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter volunteer Kathy Wieczorek warms it up by fitting in snuggle time with Sky. The shelter saved this 2-year-old Chihuahua, who was born with one “baby eye” that’s smaller than the other, from an overcrowded shelter in the South, and now all she wants is to be in her own home. (Learn more about adopting Sky.)

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Adoptable Sky is waiting at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, N.J. (Photo: Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter)

2. Chicago Cat Rescue saved Edelweiss and her brother around Christmas, when the young kittens were wandering outside an abandoned apartment building in freezing temperatures. Foster mom and Chicago Cat Rescue founder Julie Adams says little Edelweiss loves playing with her sparkly pink toy, chasing her brother and getting as many cuddles as she can. (Learn more about adopting Edelweiss.)

Edelweiss is up for adoption at Chicago Cat Rescue.

Edelweiss, snuggling with his foster mom Julie Adams, is up for adoption at Chicago Cat Rescue. (Photo: Chicago Cat Rescue)

3. Brian the Bantam rooster proves that pets don’t have to be a dog or a cat to be snuggled. After waiting more than 250 days with his friends at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson, this picture helped him finally find a home with a chicken enthusiast in Sierra Vista, Ariz.!

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Brian snuggled with Andrew, a Humane Society of Southern Arizona volunteer. (Photo: HSSA)

4. After growing up as an outside-only dog who did not get much attention from her first family, Midnight is in good hands with the In The Arms Of Angels of Tucson, Ariz. Her foster family says she quickly learned house training and that she is a happy girl is who loves to cuddle and give hugs and kisses. (Learn more about adopting Midnight.)

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Adoptable Midnight snuggles with her foster family. (Photo: In the Arms of Angels)

5. After dutifully nursing her litter of puppies in foster care, Bella, a 3-year-old Beagle, is back with The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. Since she has finished the work of raising little ones, this small, sweet and now-spayed girl would love to relax in a home of her own. (Learn more about adopting Bella by contacting The Animal Foundation.)

Bella, an adoptable Beagle, poses with her friends from The Animal Foundation.

Bella, an adoptable Beagle, poses with her friends from The Animal Foundation in Henderson, Nev. (Photo: The Animal Foundation)

6. Having just three legs doesn’t slow down Huggie Bear, who’s waiting for his forever home at Victoria Trap Neuter Return in Victoria, Tex. He came to the organization with a badly mangled leg that had been caught in a car’s fan belt. Now he’s healed and is ready to begin his life with a family! (Learn about adopting Huggie Bear.)

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Huggie Bear (above with his foster mom, Athena) is waiting to be adopted at Victoria Trap Neuter Return in Victoria, Tex. (Photo: Victoria Trap Neuter Return)

7. A strikingly handsome Dalmatian and Australian Cattle Dog mix, 1-year-old Jude loves to give hugs, “hold hands” and dance! Jude’s caretakers at In the Arms of Angels in Tucson, Ariz., say this social boy adores playing with people and other dogs. But you better watch out come bath time — he’ll jump into the shower with you if you give him the chance! (Learn about adopting Jude.)

Jude, who is waiting at In the Arms of Angels, hugs his foster mom, Jen.

Jude, who is waiting at In the Arms of Angels in Tucson, Ariz., hugs his foster mom, Jen. (Photo: In the Arms of Angels)

8. Not only is 10-month-old Roman agreeable with kids, dogs and other cats, his caretakers at Lifeline for Pets in Monrovia, Calif., say this handsome heart breaker likes to cuddle, too. (Learn about adopting Roman, a truly move-in ready cat!)

Roman gets plenty of loving while he waits at Lifeline for Pets in Monrovia, Calif.

Roman gets plenty of loving while he waits at Lifeline for Pets in Monrovia, Calif. (Photo: Lifeline for Pets)

9. Seven-year-old Olive endured a rough past, and she has the scars to prove it. One of eight dogs who were transferred to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson from a Missouri dog-fighting raid, only Olive was suspected of being used for fighting. Olive is sweet as can be with people, but she needs to be an only dog. Olive is searching for the chance to enjoy her senior years on the couch and prove to everyone that she’s a lover — not a fighter. (Learn more about adopting Olive by contacting the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.)

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Olive snuggles with Tyler, a staff member at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson. (Photo: HSSA)

10. A sociable sweetheart, Hope is waiting at Chicago Cat Rescue, where she arrived a very injured city street cat. Her health has recovered, she loves other cats and dogs, and she performs adorably acrobatic leaps and landings on a daily basis! (Learn more about adopting Hope.)

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Hope snuggles with her foster mom. (Photo: Chicago Cat Rescue)

11. Volunteer photographer Debra Jones from Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter in Wolfe City, Tex., tells us that Irish is a 1-year-old Border Collie mix who is very timid and just needed a hug. He was grateful to get one from Jody McIntier, the shelter’s founder. Could you be the one to hug Irish forever? (Contact Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter for more information about adopting Irish.)

Irish gets a hug from Jody McIntier, founder of Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter. (Photo: Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter)

Irish gets a hug from Jody McIntier, founder of Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter. (Photo: Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter)

See more shelter pets being hugged in our Facebook album!

Learn more about the Petfinder Foundation’s One Picture Saves a Life partnership with “Underwater Dogs” photographer Seth Casteel, The Animal Rescue Site, John Paul Pet and GreaterGood.org.

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