Maybe you don’t own a dog and this Pets Issue has you reconsidering that decision. Or maybe you’re already a proud dog parent but feel your family could use some more canine camaraderie. In either case, The Animal Protection Society of Durham is here to help. The nonprofit organization has been helping local animals in need since 1970 and managing the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990.

The APS uses private donations to shelter and care for nearly five thousand stray, abandoned, or abused animals a year, so even if you’re not ready to adopt, consider a donation—and yes, they have cats and other animals, too.

Here, meet six doggos in search of good homes (text descriptions provided by the APS of Durham) and consider lending a helping paw.

Age: Three years old

About: Hiya! I’m a bouncy, playful girl who would love to meet you! I love people and I love to explore! I’d love to go home with someone who will play with me and take me on an adventure! If you’re looking for a walking or hiking buddy, I’m your gal! P.S. I will be your best friend if you rub my belly. So whaddaya say, will you meet me today?

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