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Sweetest Shelter Dog Gets His Very Own ‘Bachelor’ Episode

Even better than Colton 💞🌹

After 23 straight seasons featuring human heartthrobs, “The Bachelor” is long overdue for some furrier contestants.

So when a sweet pit bull named Dude arrived at Front Street Animal Shelter in California looking for a family, his rescuers knew just how to get him the extra attention he needed to find him some love: They created their own version of the reality show, called “The Adopter,” starring Dude and several ladies in the running to adopt him.

The result is adorable.

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Front Street Animal Shelter

“One of our interns, Nikki Potter, is an avid watcher of ‘The Bachelor,’ and when the new season launched she suggested we do a spoof involving a shelter dog to increase awareness about adoptions,” Ryan Hinderman, the shelter’s social media manager, told The Dodo. “From there, we brainstormed to see how we could apply all the cheesy reality show stereotypes to ‘The Adopter.’”

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Front Street Animal Shelter

To make it feel like a real reality show, the rescue team went all out to make sure the scripted episode was packed with drama and suspense. At the center of a love triangle, Dude (known as Colton in the episode) is surrounded by glamorous women all vying for the chance to steal his heart.

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Front Street Animal Shelter

In one scene, Dude gets pulled into drama when a contestant throws a ball for him — and he doesn’t bring it back to her.

In another, the ladies are shown fighting over Dude’s leash for the special opportunity to take him out on a date.

Watch the episode below:

The parody has been a hit with the shelter’s followers, garnering thousands of views in just a few weeks since the rescue posted it. But despite all the attention, Dude is still waiting for the perfect person to sweep him off his feet.

“He has been with us since November, so we were hoping the video could help him find love in real life,” Hinderman said about Dude. “Unfortunately, he still hasn't been adopted!”

dog rescue pit bull the bachelor
Front Street Animal Shelter

Like any good “Bachelor” contestant, Dude is affectionate, loves cuddling and enjoys long walks. At the rescue, he’s known as a total sweetheart who “will melt in your lap” when he gets head rubs, Hinderman said. He also enjoys the company of other dogs.

With the season of love upon us, now is the perfect time for Dude and other shelter animals to meet potential adopters. Luckily, this sweet dog has the best matchmakers on his side — who are clearly willing to go above and beyond to find him just the right home.

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Front Street Animal Shelter

“We've had many comments on the video saying that they're not fans of ‘The Bachelor,’ but ‘The Adopter’ is a show they'd actually watch,” Hinderman said. “Everyone has loved the use of humor and creativity to get people thinking about adoption.”

If you’re interested in adopting Dude, you can find more information here.