Many of these adorable dogs in Halloween costumes need homes


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The streets are busy with trick or treaters on Halloween. But the holiday ain’t just for kiddies and grownups — pets also get to participate in the festivities, even if not all of them really want to.

We rounded up some four-legged beasties that dressed in costume for us on Hallowe. Some of them are looking for homes, while others have become spokesdogs (or spokesfennecfoxes) for rescue and training organizations or advocates against puppy mills.


Little devils

Millie and Willie are approximately 3 months old. The American bulldog mix pups found themselves at Denham Springs Animal Shelter and are currently being fostered by a fantastic family in Louisiana. Millie is a mischievous princess. Willie is a snuggle bug and loves giving puppy sugars. Neither of them really likes dressing up, but look at those faces! Both pups have been spayed and neutered and are up-to-date on shots.

Interested in giving them a permanent home? Leave us a comment or contact the Vitals editor at vivian@hellawella.com and we’ll put you in touch with their foster moms.


Arrr, matey, it’s a pirate life for me!

Check out this little darling. She belongs to Myla Ofima Sumabat. Sumabat takes this little darling to the nursing home at which she works as part of the pets visit program. Myla also has a foster dog that is looking for a permanent home in Yuba City, Calif.

T-Belle is approximately 6-7 months old and yet is very mellow. She gets along great with her tiny foster siblings. T-belle is crate trained, walks well on the leash, is up to date on all her shots, microchipped and spayed. All that's missing is an adopter in Yuba City.


She is Chloe, the Good Witch

Chloe chose to be a good witch this Halloween so she can cast a spell on the lucky human who will break her out of Yonkers Animal Shelter and give her a permanent home. Beautiful Chloe is cat-friendly and okay with some male dogs. She is about 4 years old and weighs 50 pounds.

If you’re interested in meeting Chloe, email lesliem147@gmail.com or call (201) 981-3215. Chloe is waiting for you in Yonkers, N.Y. The Yonkers Animal Shelter Facebook page is a volunteer-run site.


"What does the fox say?!"

Cue the theme from Jaws and get out of the water. No, no, no — that’s Zoey, one of the fennec foxes that calls Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary home. The sanctuary provides a permanent safe haven for more than 300 unwanted exotic and unusual pets of 36 different species. It is the only exotic pet sanctuary of its kind in the United States. Did we mention they also have hedgehogs?

Hell, yeah, they have hedgehogs!


Get ready for some jailhouse rock…

This is Beetlejuice. When this photo was taken, he was in need of a permanent home. Our Best Friends Rescue was on the case, though, and just days later, Beetlejuice found a permanent home. Based in Valley Stream, N.Y., Our Best Friends Rescue works to connect animals at high-kill shelters with foster or — even better — permanent homes. If you’re looking for your best friend, be sure to check them out.


Move over, Santa; here comes Dobie Claus

Meet Seka, a spokesdog for the Doberman Assistance Network — or D.A.N. — whose mission is to help provide a second chance to Dobermans in urgent need of rescue. Seka is ready for Halloween and Christmas. She knows how many shopping days are left until the big day.

D.A.N.'s services include — but are not limited to — pulling, vetting, transporting, fostering and placing rescued Dobermans into an approved, reputable rescue group.


A star called Peanut

Peanut is not available for adoption — one of the awesome Posh Pets Rescue team fell in love and kept her forever. But Peanut makes the many fosters with whom she continues to share her forever home feel welcome. For example, her latest foster brother Marcus often uses Peanut’s butt as a pillow.

Posh Pets Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible placement of homeless animals in and around New York City. Check them out because they are always pulling awesome dogs that are ready for their second chance at a happy life.


What costume? I am the Batdog

Meet King, who — along with the Misguided Mutts Dog Behavior Training — wishes everyone a Happy Halloween. Misguided Mutts aims to help pet owners address all types of behavioral issues, ranging from dogs that are hard to walk to dogs that are aggressive.

And no one tell King that it’s just a costume. As far as he’s concerned, he’s the caped four-legged crusader, and we’re OK with that.


Ruby is a giraffe

She didn’t lose a riddle, folks. This is Ruby’s Halloween costume. She is a spokesdog for Shelter Exchange, a nonprofit group that provides animal shelters and rescue groups a free Web service to find adoptive homes for animals across the country. Its mission is to reduce unnecessary animal euthanasia by creating a networked community of animal shelters, rescue facilities and adoption agencies by providing a no-cost shelter management application.


Watch out! It’s a serial kisser!

Oh, yes, that jailbird has broken out of the slammer, and while he waits for his perfect home, he helps Urgent spread awareness about the plight of shelter dogs and how GREAT pitties are. Urgent is based out of New York. Every day, including weekends, the organization posts animals in urgent need on its Facebook page. While doing so, Urgent also sheds light on how broken the NYC shelter system is and, against all odds, manages to save thousands of adoptable animals from being needlessly destroyed year in and year out.


He’s alive!

Is that Frankenstein’s monster or sweet Dexter wearing a mask? Dexter is a 13-year-old pit bull that was rescued four years ago from a high-kill shelter in California. He was used as a bait dog and suffered trauma to his spine. Despite being covered with the scars of his harsh beginning, this guy never stops smiling. He has a Facebook following and doesn’t just dress up for Halloween, so be sure to check him out.


Pumpkin prince

Rocket was found as a stray and is available for adoption through Forgotten Friends of Long Island. He currently resides in Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. This happy pup is healthy; good with dogs, cats and kids; housebroken; crate trained; and obviously extremely handsome. He has recently been vetted and was neutered and vaccinated. If you’re interested in meeting this adorable trick-or-treater, send a message here or leave us a comment and we’ll get you connected!


Perfect piglet

This little piggy went to sleep. Juliette was rescued by Adore-A-Bull and placed in a foster home. Her foster mom is what is referred to in animal rescue as a “foster failure.” That’s right — her foster mom became her permanent mom.

Adore-A-Bull Rescue is nonprofit organization that serves the greater Cincinnati and tri-state area by rescuing dogs and puppies — specifically pit bulls and their mixes — from high-kill shelters.


Who doesn’t like a bit of sugar?

Check out Sugar Bear’s smile! Sugar Bear was rescued by Project Precious Rescue, whose mission is to rescue adoptable animals that would be either homeless or destroyed otherwise. If there is an animal in need, and they can help, they do. Be sure to check in frequently, because you might just find your new best friend!


Happy Howloween from your friends at HellaWella! And don’t forget: Don’t shop! ADOPT!