Adopting or fostering abused, neglected, abandoned or forgotten animals is a mitzvah of the highest order—but once you've stared into the expressive face of a giant, elderly, droopy-eyed puppy (fact: all dogs are puppies), you will quickly realize that the animal was doing you a mitzvah all along, glueing together the pieces of your formerly abused, neglected, abandoned and forgotten heart with the slobber of love. That's just about how we felt when we saw the photos of the four dogs above—and hopefully one of you will feel strong enough to give them a home.

The owner of these four dogs died on August 13th. The dogs were brought to the New York Animal Care and Control facility in Brooklyn. They include 10-year-old Mike, a Neapolitan Mastiff mix; Mick, a 10-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff mix; Maury, an 8-year-old Dogue De Bordeaux; and Marlon, another 8-year-old Dogue De Bordeax.

According to NBC, both Mike and Mick are described as "very friendly," while Marlon is said to be "quiet, alert and responsive." However, Maury is said to be frightened in the shelter environment. That's Maury in the third photo above. LOOK AT POOR MAURY AND HIS AMAZING FACE.

The dogs are being evaluated for placement right now, but anything we can do to get them adopted, the quicker the better. Find out all the info you need to know to adopt the puppies here. You can also call (212) 788-4000 for automated instructions or email And even if these dogs aren't quite the rights ones for you, go ahead and browse their lists of urgent dogs and urgent cats.