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Rob Lowe

Doggy-Style Rescue Mission

9/17/2011 2:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Rob Lowe is saving lives -- doggy lives.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ -- Rob, his brother Chad, and his son Matthew have been volunteering with OneDogRescue.org for the past six months ... coordinating adoption events, renting mobile spay/neuter clinics, and even buying toys for the pooches.

We're told Rob's son is especially involved in the rescue process -- regularly visiting the pups, and even checking up on them in foster homes to make sure they're doing ok.

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ODR works primarily with special needs dogs -- like "Kenny G" -- who broke his front legs when his abusive owner threw him out a window.

No surprise, Kenny G is one of the Lowe boys' favorites. JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE.

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