Adopt a Shelter Pet Day with 'Happy' the Cat & 'Happy' the Dog

Beth Stern Goes Behind the Scenes of Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl 2014
Beth Stern Goes Behind the Scenes of Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl 2014

The Hallmark Channel has been bringing animal issues to the forefront for a while, creating platforms like the viral "Kitten Bowl". However, they've got a lot of interesting things coming up! Like Hallmark Channel's first-ever 'PAW STAR GAME,' where the most adorable and adoptable kittens go up to bat in a new Hallmark Channel Original Special premiering Sunday, July 12 at 6pm ET/PT, 5C.

The Hallmark Channel's Pet Project is connecting thousands of shelter animals in need with loving homes, a cause close to the heart of Bill Abbott, President & CEO of Crown Media Networks.

To elevate Pet Project to the next level, Hallmark has adopted their own shelter ambassadors, "Happy" the Cat and "Happy" the Dog. These two star rescues (below) are the whiskers and tails behind the Hallmark Channel's adoption initiative, encouraging everyone to step up for furry friends in need of a family.

You can meet these two paw-sitively adorable ambassadors on their "Tip to Tail" press tour, as "Happy" the Cat and "Happy" the Dog celebrate National Shelter Pet Adoption Day on April 30th and Be Kind To Animals Week kicking off on May 7th.

For those who are considering adoption but have yet to take the leap, there's no better day than today to be a hero for a shelter animal. The ASPCA estimates approximately 7.6 million potential pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and only 2.7 million of those actually get adopted.

Need further convincing? These precious Instagram pets make a strong case in the name of adoption! We dare you not to sprint to your nearest shelter after scrolling through these adorable critters.

The best puppy dog eyes of all time? Undoubtedly. The Humane Society is currently taking care of this pooch, but we bet he'd love his own home.

Ok Arabella, you just stay in there and we will bring you everything you need. #puppyeyes #adoptdontshop #sleepyhead #shelterdog #rescuedog

A photo posted by Humane Society of New York (@humanesocietyny) on Apr 28, 2015 at 7:59am PDT

Chia was able to get cleaned up after living on the streets thanks to the wonderful team at the ASPCA! Find your local ASPCA shelter here.

This is Simon, HONY's pooch. Simon has been helping his sister Susie out with her charity, Susie's Senior Dogs, to help senior dogs find homes!

I rise and I shine! ☀️ #shelterdog

A photo posted by Susie's Senior Dogs (@susiesseniordogs) on Apr 29, 2015 at 6:35am PDT

There are millions of kittens out there like these little guys (really) who want nothing more than to join your family. Check out the Northshore Animal League America's tips here.

Anything is a toy if you play with it. Even siblings.

A video posted by Kitten foster home Seattle, WA (@foster_kittens) on Apr 29, 2015 at 7:42am PDT

This pup has nothing but stray pride! Social tees performs much-needed rescue work in NYC. Check them out here.

Pets with fur aren't really your thing? Well maybe this tortoise is more your speed.

Be on the lookout for these two buddies to be in a town near you. They're hitting the road to promote the cause for adoption on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and more animal-related holidays!

What are you waiting for? Get out there and spread the word to adopt, don't shop!
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