12/22/2014 11:33 am ET Updated Feb 21, 2015

12 Pets of Christmas: Those Who Need Homes

Michelson Found Animals in Los Angeles has dedicated Christmas 2014 to honoring the "underdogs" and cats that are often overlooked in the adoption process.

According to Found Animals, the pets that are particularly hard to place include all-black animals, adult cats, senior animals, those in need of medical care as well as those that are bashful when people come to look at them. In addition, Chihuahuas, pit bulls, big dogs, and bonded pairs--those where two animals will do better staying together---have trouble finding homes. For the complete list, click here.

To build awareness of the fact that some animals are overlooked, their program, Adopt & Shop, has created a "12 Pets of Christmas" series of photos using adoptable pets from the store. The images are inspired by popular themes including the movie Up, Kindergarten Cop, and Castaway.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit humane adoption store and its partner for the project nationally, are also offering discounts on adoptions of the types of animals featured in the shoot.

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