A dachshund dressed up as Chewbacca, Yoda, Boba Fett and Leia.
A dachshund dressed up as Chewbacca, Yoda, Boba Fett and Leia. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

To bring awareness to rescue adoptions, the San Antonio Chapter of the 501st Legion has teamed up with Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas to produce a charming photo series that will appeal to "Star Wars" fanatics and dog lovers alike.

The photo project, "A New Hope for Homeless Dachshunds," is equal parts adorable and hilarious. Who can resist a tiny dog dressed up as Master Yoda? (You can almost imagine the little guy whispering: "Cute am I ... Adopt me, you must!")

Yoda hangs out with a Jawa.
Yoda hangs out with a Jawa. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

This isn't the first time the 501st Legion has rallied to help those in need. Also known as "Vader's Fist," the 501st Legion is a volunteer-led network of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper cosplayers who have been spreading the magic of "Star Wars" through fan- and charity-based events for nearly 20 years.

In addition to the portraits above, project photographer Cindy Kelleher captured a series of images that answers the question everyone has pondered: "What would happen if Darth Vader adopted a dog?"

Turns out, Vader is just like any other dog lover! In the photos, we see him feeding, bathing and lounging with his new friend.

A tiny dachshund tugs on Darth Vader's long, black cloak.
A tiny dachshund tugs on Darth Vader's long, black cloak. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

Even the Sith Lord needs a best friend.

Every Sith Lord needs a furry best friend.
Every Sith Lord needs a furry best friend. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

Come to the dark side ... we have puppies!

Vader gives his friend a bath.
Vader gives his friend a bath. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

But who knew the dark side could be so adorable?

Trust me, you don't want to play fetch with that.
Trust me, you don't want to play fetch with that. (Photo: Cindy Kelleher/Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.