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Smile! This Week's Adorable Adoptables Will Melt Your Heart!

There is nothing more adorable than a dog's sweet smile! Diana and Rufus have smiles bright enough to melt your heart! Read all about how to adopt them today!

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Diana is looking for a new home with no other dogs or cats.

Photo by: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

LI's Adorable Adoptables is a weekly column by Allison Matos, a lifelong Long Island resident who has been advocating animal adoption since 2012. Allison's weekly posts highlight local animals in need of adoption, and cover general animal welfare topics as well.
Diana is a gorgeous 4 year old, 56 lb gal who came to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as a stray in August 2015. Diana is really friendly with people, loves to play, rolls on her back and exposes her belly for awesome belly rubs, and even knows how to “sit”. Diana is looking for a home with no other dogs, or cats at this time. It's time for Ms. Diana to find her own loving home, so please consider adopting Diana today. Please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or come visit us at: 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793.
For readers who missed Rufus' amazing story, here it is once again, and fyi- this sweet pea is thriving and couldn't be more ready to find his forever home.
Rufus comes to New York from North Carolina, where he was found lost in the woods in awful shape. Rufus was fixed-up and rescued by an amazing New York based organization known as Rescue Dogs Rock. All seemed on the up-and-up for Rufus until he wound up in the care of a not-so-nice trainer ultimately accused of animal cruelty.  
Thankfully, early last year little Rufus found his way into a wonderful foster home where he continues to receive the love and proper training he so desperately deserves. This foster care has turned Rufus into the most lovable, laid back sidekick a human could ask for. 
In an effort to get this little boy into tip-top shape, Rufus required 4 surgeries to repair his ACL. He is recovering beautifully, and while he continues his physical therapy, he will need to ease into long walks and certain extraneous physical activity. 
Rufus is about 3-4 years old and is a tiny guy, weight about 30-40 pounds. If adopted, Rufus needs slow introductions to other dogs and he does seem a little uneasy around cats. As per his current foster, favorite activities include having fun with squeaky toys and "cuddling up at the end of a bed with his cute little butt wiggling when you come home". I mean come on, who needs more than that?
Thanks to the efforts of rescue groups and fosters, this precious miracle is available for adoption and ready now more than ever to find a loving, forever home. For information on adopting Rufus, please contact his current foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her at
As always, thank you for reading- and if you can't adopt, please consider donating. If you can't donate- volunteer to help those in need.