20 Adoptable Dogs at the Animal Defense League That Are Total Sweethearts 

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What is a home without a furry one to make you smile and keep you company? Incomplete, at least to us.

Pay the Animal Defense League of Texas a visit and choose a cute cat or adorable dog to take home and have all to yourself. You won't be able to say no once you're there.
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Dude
"I’ve been around the block more than a few times, so I know what I like. Treats, for one! I love treats. And I know if I sit, I deserve one. So I will sit and look at you expectantly until you fork one over. It won’t take you long, because I’m so cute you can’t resist. I’m a happy little guy, especially when I’m cuddling in blankets. That’s so much fun! I like things to be calm for the most part, especially when it comes to other dogs and kids. I’m fine with dogs that are calm and just leave me alone, and kids are cool as long as they are calm too. The thing I like best is having a forever home – like yours."
Venus
"You have to be special to be named after the goddess of love. And I am special! I am full to the brim with love, and I will kiss you a lot to prove it. Well, not to prove it, just because I like kissing. I’m a very happy girl despite what looks like a frown – that’s just the way my jowls go. I sit for treats, and to have my picture taken. I could be a model, but I don’t have any clothes! I’m well-behaved with people, but I haven’t had a lot of experience with other dogs, so I’m not sure about them yet. I’m willing to try if it means getting to go home with you."
Ted
"Hi, my name is Ted, and I’m a bit shy. You can probably tell from the way my ears are down. But like most of the shy dogs here, I’m probably more scared of all the new stuff around me than really shy, and as soon as I adjust I’ll relax and let my true personality shine through. More important, when I get adopted, it won’t take long for me to know I’m loved and I’m home, and I’ll be happy to be myself. Until then, I’m enjoying comfy blankets and learning leash skills. Come visit and I’ll show you."
Leo
"(Sniff sniff) Hmm, I smell something that needs exploring. How about a little walk? That’s two things I do very well – walking and sniffing. The perfect combination of things to do on a nice day. The only thing that would make it better is some holding time by my favorite human. Romping with a dog pal would be nice too."
Lala
"Pleased to meet you. I am a calm and friendly girl who behaves well on a leash but also enjoys being held so I can look around. I love other dogs but I also like children and cats just fine! I personally believe I would be the best dog for you to adopt and promise I would fit into your family just fine! Come meet me soon, I don’t plan to be here long."
Hercules
"I am a gentle giant that truly loves to spend time with every human friend that’s around me. I have gone through a lot this year. I was horribly injured before I came into ADL. I had a hole below my left eye. It was terribly difficult for me to eat food with the injury but the people at ADL helped me and now I am ready to find my forever family! I love going out for good long walks and enjoy treats so much that if I am told to sit I would do it for those yummy treats! I would love to meet you in person, just come to ADL and ask for me!"
Colt
"Hi, I’m Colt! I’m a bashful boy with cute scraggly Benji-like hair. I’m currently looking for a special person who’ll understand that I’m a bit of a nervous guy. However, I can be playful and enjoy having fun! You’ll just need to go slow with me when we meet. I’m trying my best to build up courage and I’m sure with the right person in a loving home, my personality will blossom! If you’re willing to give me a chance at a forever home, then please come spend some quality time with me!"
Scarlet
"Don’t I have a striking coat? It’s not scarlet like my name, but it’s beautiful anyway. Let me tell you some other things about me, since I have many other wonderful qualities. Modesty obviously isn’t one of them, but hey, when you’re as special as I am, why be shy about it? I love dogs, kids and toys, which is good because playing is my favorite thing to do. Even grownups like to play. I’m friendly to everyone. I’m strong, but I know how to calm down and be loving. I mean well and I’m willing to learn if you’re willing to teach me."
Charlotte
"Hi, I’m Charlotte! I may appear a little shy when we meet but only a little! Just be sure to be gentle with me and I’ll eventually warm up to you. Soon you’ll see my affectionate side come out. I’m a gentle soul with polite leash manners and love children! Let’s meet soon!"
Sawyer
"Hello everyone, very glad that you are checking me out! I am a very happy, energetic goofball that loves to do everything for tasty treats! I am told that I am extremely silly and very friendly which makes me smile and want to give nothing but hugs to everyone. I am ready to give you a great big warm hug, all you have to do is come down to ADL and ask for me!"
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Dave
"Dave is the name and sit for the treat is the game. The rules are simple, you show me a treat and if I sit down then you hand me over a treat! I love the game, there’s nothing better! Hopefully, you and I can play this game and we become best pals! Better yet we become a forever family and I can have a forever home. That will be the best!"
Joel
"Hi, I’m Joel! Some of us dogs just can’t get into hanging out in our kennels because we find kennels boring! I’d much rather be outside where all the action is! Give me a chance to meet you outside and you’ll see what a happy boy I am! I walk well on a leash and will smile for you. Sometimes I’m on alert for squirrels and will scope out my surroundings. I can be charming and I love attention, especially when attention involves me receiving treats! I love treats and I learn very quickly. Once I get to know you, I might turn into a lap dog. I have to admit that I may get excitable during playtime, so it would be best that I go to a home with older children. I also get along great with dogs but I’d rather hang out with the calm ones. I’m ready to find my home soon! Please give me a chance to go on a stroll in the dog park with you!"
Phantom
"I am an athlete at heart! If I am not performing cool pipes in my kennel I might be outside doing leaps and whirls on the leash. What can I say? I am a big and boisterous boy! I like other dogs, but I need to be matched with other dogs that play the same way. Needless to say, I am the right dog for an active family. I’m no couch potato. but I am an amusing and fun guy to have around."
Maui
"Hello hello, Maui is my name, and I got to say it is great that you’re reading about me. I am as friendly as can be and as welcoming as can be! I love hugs but then again who doesn’t love snuggly hugs. It will be the best time ever to have you come over so we can meet and get to know each other!"
Spyro
"Hi, I’m Spyro! Apparently I’m named after the purple dragon character from a video game but these spots on my fur make me look more like a cow! Don’t worry, I won’t stand around grazing on grass all day because I’m a playful boy! I get so happy when I go out for walks and enjoy playing with calm dogs. I’m always excited to go on adventures outdoors! Please visit me so that we can go on an adventure together!"
Kane
"I am a big goofy guy that’s packed full of energy. I tend to get a bit rambunctious and nosey when I’m out for a walk. I can’t help it, I’m just always so curious of everything around me. I’m very friendly around all people but not so much towards cats. I prefer to not be around cats. I enjoy being in the company of humans, it makes me so happy! I’m always excited when I see people; I’m always hoping that someone will take me home. I really want a forever home where I can be active and loved. Maybe you can provide that home for me?"
Coyote
"I look like I have had a bit of a rough life, but the staff here has found that I am very friendly and loving. I am energetic but strong, so a strong walking or running partner would be a good match for me. I love food and treats, so that will sure help you to train me to behave how you want and make me happy in the process!"
Marshall
"In my picture, you can catch a glimpse of the scar down the middle of my back. Apparently, I was burned, probably by a chemical, before I got here. That’s probably why I’m the way I am – very afraid to let anyone get close to me. I don’t like being this way and would like very much to trust someone, but it’s going to take a long time. Children and men scare me so much, I just can’t be near them. I love dogs and get quite playful around them. Someone did take me home for a while, and she thinks I have the potential to be a great dog, but I need someone with a lot of patience to let me grow out of my fear. If you think you’re that person, please come see me."
Armin
"I’m a rowdy young dog, still growing and maturing and overflowing with puppy energy. I love running and playing, and splashing in water, especially in summer, is the greatest! I need an owner who’s experienced in taking care of dogs like me – dogs with good hearts who love being busy all the time and want to learn how to be good boys. Just like most youngsters, I can throw quite a temper tantrum when I get frustrated, so I need to learn to channel my energy. I bet I’d be great at sports like agility or frisbee. Will you be the one who helps me?"
Carly
"I am a very shy girl but I am very sweet and loving. I also love treats and would feel much more comfortable receiving a delicious treat from you 🙂 I am a very curious girl as well and love to explore my surroundings but would love it more with you by my side!"
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Dude
"I’ve been around the block more than a few times, so I know what I like. Treats, for one! I love treats. And I know if I sit, I deserve one. So I will sit and look at you expectantly until you fork one over. It won’t take you long, because I’m so cute you can’t resist. I’m a happy little guy, especially when I’m cuddling in blankets. That’s so much fun! I like things to be calm for the most part, especially when it comes to other dogs and kids. I’m fine with dogs that are calm and just leave me alone, and kids are cool as long as they are calm too. The thing I like best is having a forever home – like yours."