November 05, 2020

25 Very Cute and Very Adoptable Dogs and Cats to Help Calm Your Nerves

Have you been considering adopting a new furry pal? With dog-friendly coffee shops, bakeries, bars and parks, Cincinnati is a great place to be a pet owner. While there are many good boys and girls looking for their forever home, there's a lot to think about when making the decision to bring home a pet. What kind of breed is right for you and your lifestyle? What adoption agencies should you look at? If you're serious about making this life step, adopting a pet is very rewarding — for you and the pet that gets a new home. We've compiled a list of available pets from a few local adoption programs to help you on your mission of finding the pet that's right for you. This is just a small glimpse into each agency's list of adoptable pets. If you are interested in seeing what else they have to offer, visit their websites to learn more. Also, keep in mind that each program has their own application process and some take longer than others. If you'd like to help out the cause but aren't able to adopt right now, you can always donate to one of these rescues or a number of other local pet adoption organizations. *Some pets in the slideshow may have pending adoptions. Please contact the rescues for more info. **All caption information taken from pet listing.
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Renaissance
Age: Adult / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Renaissance (or 'Reni' as her friends call her) has given birth to her last litter of pups and is ready to reinvent herself! She is an enthusiastic player, preferring rough and tumble play with a dog her size, so her new best friend can keep up with her. She tends to have a bit of trouble making friends because not everyone wants to play with a wiggle butt body slamming into you, but when you have as much energy as this fun girl, thats the BEST way to play! Do you think that you (and your existing doggo, if you have one) are strong enough, both physically strong and strong willed, to be part of Reni's new family?”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Renaissance

Age: Adult / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Renaissance (or 'Reni' as her friends call her) has given birth to her last litter of pups and is ready to reinvent herself! She is an enthusiastic player, preferring rough and tumble play with a dog her size, so her new best friend can keep up with her. She tends to have a bit of trouble making friends because not everyone wants to play with a wiggle butt body slamming into you, but when you have as much energy as this fun girl, thats the BEST way to play! Do you think that you (and your existing doggo, if you have one) are strong enough, both physically strong and strong willed, to be part of Reni's new family?”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program
Fred
Age: 3 Years / Breed:  Treeing Walker Coonhound  / Sex: Male / Rescue: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
“Fred is a 3 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. He’s a tall boy, but is still working on adding some weight to his 75 lb frame. Fred is crate trained and is working on his house training. This gentle giant is good with dogs of all sizes and honestly doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He has one of the sweetest dispositions his foster mom has ever seen and is a happy boy who is constantly wagging his tail. He’s blissfully unaware of his size and can be a bit of a klutz, he will need a patient adopter as he acclimates to a home environment. For a coonhound, Fred is surprisingly quiet with the exception of when he smells critters nearby. Fred loves human affection and is ready for his full-time head-scratcher.”
Photo: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue

Fred

Age: 3 Years / Breed: Treeing Walker Coonhound / Sex: Male / Rescue: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
“Fred is a 3 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. He’s a tall boy, but is still working on adding some weight to his 75 lb frame. Fred is crate trained and is working on his house training. This gentle giant is good with dogs of all sizes and honestly doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He has one of the sweetest dispositions his foster mom has ever seen and is a happy boy who is constantly wagging his tail. He’s blissfully unaware of his size and can be a bit of a klutz, he will need a patient adopter as he acclimates to a home environment. For a coonhound, Fred is surprisingly quiet with the exception of when he smells critters nearby. Fred loves human affection and is ready for his full-time head-scratcher.”
Photo: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
Penelope
Age: 1.5 Years / Breed: Shepherd Mix. / Sex: Female / Rescue: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
“Looking for your new exercise buddy? Penelope is the girl for you. This 1.5 year old, 53 lb., shepherd mix is looking for an active couple to take her on adventures and teach her what it means to be a dog. She is a bundle of energy and loves to play! She would prefer to be the center of attention, but will happily go to her crate when it is time to chill. She is very intelligent and loves showing off her tricks such as sit and shake, but would love a family willing to teach her some manners. Penelope still has lots of puppy energy and would do best in a home without cats or children and needs slow introductions to dogs as sometimes they just can't keep up with her energy! She may come off a bit bossy, but will win your heart over with her cuddles and kisses”
Photo: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue

Penelope

Age: 1.5 Years / Breed: Shepherd Mix. / Sex: Female / Rescue: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
“Looking for your new exercise buddy? Penelope is the girl for you. This 1.5 year old, 53 lb., shepherd mix is looking for an active couple to take her on adventures and teach her what it means to be a dog. She is a bundle of energy and loves to play! She would prefer to be the center of attention, but will happily go to her crate when it is time to chill. She is very intelligent and loves showing off her tricks such as sit and shake, but would love a family willing to teach her some manners. Penelope still has lots of puppy energy and would do best in a home without cats or children and needs slow introductions to dogs as sometimes they just can't keep up with her energy! She may come off a bit bossy, but will win your heart over with her cuddles and kisses”
Photo: Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
Leslie Knope
Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Leslie has been the best mom cat to her 7 kittens- so patient and so loving but is now ready for her forever home. She loves humans and would love to be next to you (not a lap cat). She is a natural hunter and likes to chase toys. Leslie is a little chatty. She will talk back with you and let's you know of her presence. Leslie needs to be an only cat. She has great litter box habits but would do best with a high sided box as she likes to dig. Leslie needs to be the only pet in the household - no other cats or dogs please”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Leslie Knope

Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Leslie has been the best mom cat to her 7 kittens- so patient and so loving but is now ready for her forever home. She loves humans and would love to be next to you (not a lap cat). She is a natural hunter and likes to chase toys. Leslie is a little chatty. She will talk back with you and let's you know of her presence. Leslie needs to be an only cat. She has great litter box habits but would do best with a high sided box as she likes to dig. Leslie needs to be the only pet in the household - no other cats or dogs please”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program
Elvis
Age: 2.5 Years / Breed: Saint Bernard / Sex: Male / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Elvis is a 2.5 year old Saint Bernard looking for a special adopter who is familiar with the breed, their specific needs, & is willing to help him learn how to "dog." Elvis had a rough neglected start to life and as a result is very under socialized. He is a goofy, sweet, lovable oaf but has no idea that he is a 130 lb dog. Elvis is learning everything from scratch; he still isn't totally sure what a leash is or how to use stairs. He has mastered house training & loves to roll around in the yard. He is great with other dogs, sweet with kitties, & doesn't need to be crated. Elvis is nondestructive (as long as drool doesn't count ) and likes to lounge around for most of the day. We are recommending he have a fenced in yard in his forever home. Because of his size & (sweet but clumsy) puppy-like demeanor he should not live with small children. ”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Elvis

Age: 2.5 Years / Breed: Saint Bernard / Sex: Male / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Elvis is a 2.5 year old Saint Bernard looking for a special adopter who is familiar with the breed, their specific needs, & is willing to help him learn how to "dog." Elvis had a rough neglected start to life and as a result is very under socialized. He is a goofy, sweet, lovable oaf but has no idea that he is a 130 lb dog. Elvis is learning everything from scratch; he still isn't totally sure what a leash is or how to use stairs. He has mastered house training & loves to roll around in the yard. He is great with other dogs, sweet with kitties, & doesn't need to be crated. Elvis is nondestructive (as long as drool doesn't count ) and likes to lounge around for most of the day. We are recommending he have a fenced in yard in his forever home. Because of his size & (sweet but clumsy) puppy-like demeanor he should not live with small children. ”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program
Bianca
Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: Save the Animals Foundation
“This delightful social butterfly is ready for her debut! Bianca has it all: this gray and white kitty is not only beautiful but outgoing with every person she encounters, finds being held a treat, and loves to play up a storm. What more could you desire in a feline companion? Bianca and her two kittens, Beatrix and Bentley, were brought to us at STAF by a couple that had found the adorable little family abandoned outside their home. Already social, these cats quickly won the hearts of many STAF volunteers. Bianca, however, was more enthusiastic about all the people who were fussing over her than she was about her kittens. This wonderful cat would love to be your be-all-and-end-all, so apply to adopt her today!”
Photo: Save the Animals Foundation

Bianca

Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: Save the Animals Foundation
“This delightful social butterfly is ready for her debut! Bianca has it all: this gray and white kitty is not only beautiful but outgoing with every person she encounters, finds being held a treat, and loves to play up a storm. What more could you desire in a feline companion? Bianca and her two kittens, Beatrix and Bentley, were brought to us at STAF by a couple that had found the adorable little family abandoned outside their home. Already social, these cats quickly won the hearts of many STAF volunteers. Bianca, however, was more enthusiastic about all the people who were fussing over her than she was about her kittens. This wonderful cat would love to be your be-all-and-end-all, so apply to adopt her today!”
Photo: Save the Animals Foundation
Gidget
Age: 2 Years / Breed: Labrador Retriever / Feist Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“For those of you who don't remember, Gidget came into saap as a stowaway with her pregnant friend. Gidget was underweight at 22lbs and came with a limp that was found to be an untreated injury. She underwent whats called FHO surgery to repair her injured hip. Within days post-op, Gidget was sitting and walking more comfortably which speaks to how much pain she had to have been in before her operation. This 2yo is recovered now and weighs about 35lbs. She is happy, loving, and extremely playful. She loves any toys, appreciates being with you and sits for attention, at doors, and for treats. Gidget is a loving girl that would enjoy a playful mate in her home.”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Gidget

Age: 2 Years / Breed: Labrador Retriever / Feist Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“For those of you who don't remember, Gidget came into saap as a stowaway with her pregnant friend. Gidget was underweight at 22lbs and came with a limp that was found to be an untreated injury. She underwent whats called FHO surgery to repair her injured hip. Within days post-op, Gidget was sitting and walking more comfortably which speaks to how much pain she had to have been in before her operation. This 2yo is recovered now and weighs about 35lbs. She is happy, loving, and extremely playful. She loves any toys, appreciates being with you and sits for attention, at doors, and for treats. Gidget is a loving girl that would enjoy a playful mate in her home.”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program
Gwyneth
Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: OAR
“Gwyneth is a sassy lady who likes things to be her way and isn't afraid to make that clear to you! Let her approach you and guide your time together while visiting her at OAR! While she is particular, we think she just needs some love from the right household. Might be best as the only cat in a home. Come schedule time to meet this Queen!..”
Photo: OAR

Gwyneth

Age: Adult / Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Sex: Female / Rescue: OAR
“Gwyneth is a sassy lady who likes things to be her way and isn't afraid to make that clear to you! Let her approach you and guide your time together while visiting her at OAR! While she is particular, we think she just needs some love from the right household. Might be best as the only cat in a home. Come schedule time to meet this Queen!..”
Photo: OAR
Harper
Age: 3 Years / Breed: German Shepherd Dog & Australian Shepherd Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Harper is a beautiful 3 year old Shepherd mix. Harper stays true to her breed and tends to guard those claims as hers which can make new 4 legged friend interaction difficult but foster mom is taking it slow. She is for the most part pretty laid back and would do with or without a yard”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program

Harper

Age: 3 Years / Breed: German Shepherd Dog & Australian Shepherd Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Stray Animal Adoption Program
“Harper is a beautiful 3 year old Shepherd mix. Harper stays true to her breed and tends to guard those claims as hers which can make new 4 legged friend interaction difficult but foster mom is taking it slow. She is for the most part pretty laid back and would do with or without a yard”
Photo: Stray Animal Adoption Program
Louise
Age: 3 Years / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / American Bulldog Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Lucky Tales Rescue Inc.
“Hi there, I'm Louise! I'm a 3-year-old pitty who is simply darling although I'm a little shy. Right now, I need to gain a little weight since I'm only 45 lbs., so I'm thoroughly relishing this whole "treat" thing. I'm good with other dogs and cats and my foster mom thinks I'd be ok with kids given my gentle disposition. I'm also crate trained and housebroken. Here's another mark in the win column. I like to go on walks and I do well on my leash. Car rides are aweeeeeeeesome and, side note, I *LOVE* my foster sister, Bailey. My foster mom calls us Thelma and Louise. (Bailey's middle name must be Thelma). I'm a little bit of a chewer and my foster mom thinks that might be because I never had toys or chews before.Toys are so cool, I like to play tug of war with Bailey. I'm not going to lie to you kind folks, I counter surf, most likely because I was never sure where my next meal was going to come from so my foster mom is teaching me that I'll never have to go hungry again and to stay off the counters.”
Photo: Lucky Tales Rescue Inc.

Louise

Age: 3 Years / Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / American Bulldog Mix / Sex: Female / Rescue: Lucky Tales Rescue Inc.
“Hi there, I'm Louise! I'm a 3-year-old pitty who is simply darling although I'm a little shy. Right now, I need to gain a little weight since I'm only 45 lbs., so I'm thoroughly relishing this whole "treat" thing. I'm good with other dogs and cats and my foster mom thinks I'd be ok with kids given my gentle disposition. I'm also crate trained and housebroken. Here's another mark in the win column. I like to go on walks and I do well on my leash. Car rides are aweeeeeeeesome and, side note, I *LOVE* my foster sister, Bailey. My foster mom calls us Thelma and Louise. (Bailey's middle name must be Thelma). I'm a little bit of a chewer and my foster mom thinks that might be because I never had toys or chews before.Toys are so cool, I like to play tug of war with Bailey. I'm not going to lie to you kind folks, I counter surf, most likely because I was never sure where my next meal was going to come from so my foster mom is teaching me that I'll never have to go hungry again and to stay off the counters.”
Photo: Lucky Tales Rescue Inc.