THERE are more than 20 four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes looking for new homes in the Gladstone region.

All will be on their best behaviour at Friends of RSPCA Gladstone's Dog Adoption Day on Sunday, as they attempt to win the hearts of potential owners.

Each has been saved by the group after being surrendered, dumped or impounded and never collected by their owner.

Vet care co-ordinator Clare Stretton is urging the community to consider adopting a new best friend.

"We are inundated with dogs and pups at present and need to re-home a lot before we can take any more," she said.

"It's amazing how many dogs are surrendered to the pound.

"It's really terrible."

Clare said they have all sorts of furry friends up for adoption and they come fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and desexed.

"We have all sorts, from small fluffy pups to great Danes," she said.

"All sorts of breeds and ages."

Marie was just skin and bones when Clare came across her.

That was three to four months ago; now the happy and healthy Dalmatian great Dane is in need of a new home.

"She is gorgeous," said Claire.

"I can't believe she hasn't been snapped up yet!"

Clare said people are often put off by her size, but Marie is actually a very laid-back dog.

"She is very intelligent, loves people, and loves kids."

However, she is a tad food crazy.

"It's a result of being starved and under-weight," Clare said.

"She is obsessed with food."

After months of being in her care, Clare is determined to find Marie the right home.

"Ideally we would like someone with experience with large dogs and have the time for her and who will include her in the family," she said.

"We are looking for a home with kids who are older than 12."

You can catch Marie at the Dog Adoption Daythis Sunday.

If you need a new best friend, head to the adoption centre, which is opposite the NRG Power Plant from 9am-noon on Sunday.

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