This week we have a good mix of animals – from age 2 to 12! 

Enjoy the dog days of summer with, well, a dog! Go check out your new potential best friend at any of these shelters! We've compiled a list of the cutest pets available in Hampton Roads. 

Check out this week's adorable options!

**All animals featured have been spayed and neutered**

Hope for Life Rescue, Inc. | Virginia Beach

Hope for Life Rescue, Inc., is an amazing nonprofit shelter located at 610 Jack Rabbit Rd, Ste 3., in Virginia Beach. When you get there, you'll find them in the third building to the left – by the big yellow truck! See their available animals on their Facebook page!

Buttercup, 10

adorable little dog, Shih Tzu Pekingese mix

Courtesy of Caitlin Helveston

Buttercup is a tiny little Shih Tzu Pekingese mix who has a lot of love to give. When I walked into the shelter, she came running over to say hello. Buttercup has surpassed the puppy stage so she is potty-trained and well-mannered and has a lot of extra love to give! Bonus, she would be a great snuggling companion! She is great with other dogs and is just looking for her retirement home! Just a head's up, it's $150 a month for her medicine, so you will need to agree to that commitment! Find her here!

Sweet Pea, 6

stoic tabby cat

Courtesy of Caitlin Helveston

Don't be fooled by her facial expression – she is very sweet and social! Sweet Pea is a cinnamon roll tabby who loves her humans but not other cats. She hissed when one of them was near her but calmed down once she noticed that they were not going to bother her. When I approached he,r she rubbed her head up next to my face and begged for attention. She did become jealous when I turned away and paid attention to other cats so she would need to be the only gal in your life! Find her here!

Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA)

The Virginia Beach SPCA is one of the local government-run shelters in the Hampton Roads area and can be found at 3040 Holland Rd., in Virginia Beach. Check them out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram!

Nadia, 2

black and white dog

Courtesy of the VBSPCA

Her face says, "Please love me and take me home." Nadia is a shy girl who would need a family that could break her out of her shell! Be sure to take her for daily walks or for a good game of fetch in the backyard to wear off some of her energy. Nadia would do best in an active home with older children! Meet her here!

Balder, 5

black and white cat with clear eyes

Courtesy of the VBSPCA

You no longer have to look for the perfect cat. Balder is sitting at the VBSPCA just waiting for the purrfect family to snuggle with and share a few good headbutts, on his terms. Big bonus: He's a very low-key guy who is cool with cats, but not keen around dogs! Get to know him more here!

Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center

The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is another local VB shelter located at 341 S. Birdneck Rd. in Virginia Beach. Check them out on their website, Instagram, and Facebook. Check out their adoption process and fees here!

Relish, 3-5

dog with mini sombrero

Courtesy of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center

His undeniable smile is what will catch your attention and have you falling in love with this him! Relish is a staff favorite, so you really should consider checking him out! When introducing him to other humans, it needs to be done slowly as he is a little nervous at first, but he's very sweet and loving once he gets to know them! It is recommended that he go to a home with another dog as he is very social and needs to have a playmate. Learn more about his story here!

Bella, 8-12

Courtesy of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center

Despite Bella's age, she is very spry and ready for action. Fun fact: She purrs like a sheep! You will not regret taking her home as she will be the best friend you have been looking for! Find her here!

Chesapeake Animal Services

Chesapeake Animal Services is a local shelter located at 2100 S. Military Hwy, in Chesapeake. You can check them out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Rocky, 5

black and gold-colored dog, posing

Courtesy of the Chesapeake Animal Services

Rocky is a very happy and sweet boy who has been a love bug ever since he came to the shelter not long ago. He was found as a stray so not much is known about him at this time, but the staff is recommending him to anyone who visits! Find him here!

Ramona, 1

black and white cat with green eyes, posing

Courtesy of the Chesapeake Animal Services

Ramona came to the shelter as a stray not long ago, so not much is known about her. We can see that she has a beautiful coat and eyes that will suck you right in! Ramona is a bit shy at first but will warm up to the right person! See her here!

Norfolk SPCA

The Norfolk SPCA is the local shelter to the Norfolk area and can be found at 916 Ballentine Boulevard, in Norfolk – check them out on their website and Facebook!

Cindy, 12

white chihuahua on white background

Courtesy of Norfolk SPCA

If you are looking for a dog who will put a smile on your face, look no further! Don't be fooled by Cindy's age, chihuahuas live for a very long time, so she has plenty of years left in her! Little in size, she would make for the perfect snuggle buddy! Find her here!

Breon, 14

yellow cat standing on carpet

Courtesy of Norfolk SPCA

Breon appears to be a very social cat! Have you noticed his human-like lips? They are what makes him unique! Although he appears to be an adventurous cat, he loves lounging around and getting some zzz's! Find him here!

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter | Newport News

The Peninsula SPCA is more than just an adoption shelter; they're a petting zoo, too. Popular to the locals, you can find them at 5843 Jefferson Ave., in Newport News -- check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and their website! The shelter performs a behavioral test on each animal while they are at the shelter so they can provide a thorough description. 

King Leon, 5

happy dog in back of car

Courtesy of the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

King Leon recently went on a Weekend Warrior visit with one of the staff members, and they had a blast together. He is the perfect dog to take on a walk as he does not pull, is excellent with commands, and walks at a steady pace next to you! He knows that he is part of the team! King is a bit shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he will want to cuddle all day! Major bonus: he is potty-trained so no extra work is required! Staff states that he does not do well with other dogs, cats, or children! Check out this video! Check him out here!

Jarvis, 5

black and white cat sitting in shelter

Courtesy of the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

Not much is known about Jarvis, but he sure looks like a curious kitty! Don't be alarmed if he stares at you; he's just trying to figure out what's going on! Check him out here!

Did we pick your future best friend? Do you plan to head on over to the shelters to adopt? Tell us in the comments.