11 Creative Ads That Will Make You Want to Adopt a Pet

Eddie The Terrible is big trouble in a tiny dog, but the Humane Society of Silicon Valley thinks that's a plus. (Photo: Humane Society Silicon Valley).

The Humane Society of Silicon Valley recently tried a new approach to help one of its shelter dogs get adopted: blunt honesty.

Eddie the Terrible

The organization wrote a blog post titled "A Full Disclosure Blog: Three Reasons You DON'T Want To Adopt Eddie The Terrible" that outlined why Eddie, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, probably isn't the dog you want to take home.

The writer acknowledges that Eddie may be cute, but he won't sleep in his crate and he doesn't get along with children or other dogs.

"While Eddie The Terrible has never actually attacked another dog, he's made it abundantly clear that he hasn't ruled out the possibility," the post reads. "He goes from zero to Cujo in .05 seconds when he sees another dog on leash."

The blog post includes images of Eddie Photoshopped into a variety of humorous situations, including promotions from "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story."

Despite his faults though, the Humane Society says Eddie isn't unadoptable.

The Chihuahua is loyal, housebroken and loves to play fetch, and although he may present some challenges, he's the perfect fit for a patient dog lover with a child-free and dog-free home.

"Somewhere out there is someone whose life will be better with Eddie, someone that he'll make laugh every day and someone whose lap he'll keep warm," Finnegan Dowling, social media manager for HSSV, told The Huffington Post. "We're going to find that person."

And they did. After 15 months at the shelter, Eddie the Terrible now has a forever home.

Other Creative Ad Campaigns

That success story is just the most recent creative approach to find homes for shelter pets. Below, take a look at some other unique campaigns and hilarious ads that rescue organizations have come up with.

Downton Tabby ad
Heike Klassman/Anjellicle Cats Rescue

Last year Anjellicle Cats Rescue hosted a "Downton Abbey"-themed cat adoption event at a local pet store. The rescue organization even created posters profiling each feline.

Sir Mix A Lot cat ad
The Dude cat adoption ad
Godfather cat adoption ad
binders full of kittens
North Brooklyn Cats

Photos: North Brooklyn Cats

North Brooklyn Cats, a group of neighbors committed to finding homes for New York felines, frequently reimagines memes and cultural icons to encourage people to adopt its cats. You can see the full gallery.

In this ad by The Shelter Pet Project, a newly adopted cat discusses his new family, which includes a young boy who plays outside in a "giant litterbox."

pre-owned pets ad

With just a little bit of tweaking, the Nevada Humane Society proves the same tactics that sell used cars can also entice people to adopt a "pre-owned pet."

This memorable commercial by Los Angeles Animal Services gives you a glimpse of what life would be like if everyone saw you like your dog does.

Kitties Gone Wild ad
ACCT Philly

Put cats on a poster and you'll probably get people's attention, but if those cats are spinning beats and dancing with glowsticks, you'll definitely get their attention.

In 2011, the Winnipeg Humane Society had a "cat surplus," so it made this used-car parody ad to encourage people to adopt shelter cats.