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Handsome Bros Pose with Kittens to Encourage Animal Adoption

Strong men: great for lifting furniture, building bridges, and selling puppies.

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Every year, thousands of cats and dogs are unable to be adopted—whether because of their health issues, their age, or simply because they’re mutts. It can be a challenge for providers to have these pets adopted, so people over at RescueMen/Pillows for Paws came up with a brilliant plan. They’d create a calendar, and in it, photograph very handsome men next to even more handsome cats and dogs. The cuter the pairing, the deeper everyone’s guilt, the more likely they’d adopt from shelters.

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Save An Adorable Dog Through Social Media

Turn your love of cute dog pics into something good for canine-kind with this new gaming app.

Few things are cuter, or more social media-friendly, than a good dog pic. But what if you could help man’s best friend while gawking? Dogly, newly launched on iPhone and Android, is a free photo-sharing app for dog lovers founded by canine-rescuing mother-daughter duo Jane Turner and her daughter, Cory. Once logged in, users are able to sign up to donate "loves”—little hearts similar to the kind you can click on in Instagram—to their favorite pups, shelters, and organizations. Each month, Dogly gives out a $1k grant to the shelter with the most loves, as well as four $500 creative grants to users who post the most creative photos (to give to the shelters they play for on the app, not just to buy more dog costumes). Since the app’s launch in December, Dogly has donated $20k+ in grant money to 30 shelters across the United States, and its popularity has spread: users are now playing for hometown shelters from Japan to Canada and beyond.

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Proving once again that dog is man’s best friend, a partnership between New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex and the city’s Animal Care and Control organization provides healing to both dog and man. The special foster program, which allows teen offenders ages 16—17 to care for and train shelter dogs while the dogs await adoption on the outside, teaches the young men responsibility, discipline, affection as well as providing them with much needed love and affection. The foster pups, in turn, get a stable place to call home with grateful and loving caretakers.

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