Adopting rescue puppies from a shelter is a huge responsibility but an extremely rewarding one that can change your world for the better - and you save a life!
As according to the ASPCA approximately 3.9 million dogs enter American shelters every year and of those 1.2 million dogs are euthanized.
Illegal puppy breeders and puppy mills impact this also because when people buy puppies from these people, all the rescue puppies waiting in shelters for a family miss out on another chance at a forever home.
Always adopt and never buy from a breeder, online or pet shops (unless they have a certified rescue puppies program).
What if I just really, really want a purebred puppy though?
If you really want a purebred puppy always check breed specific rescue groups and shelters first. Also insist on viewing the puppy's mother from all breeders. Illegal breeders and puppy mills won't let you see the mother as these poor dogs are farmed in abusive ways.
For more information on how to spot and avoid puppy mills or illegal breeders please visit PupAid.
As British comedian and animal lover Ricky Gervais once perfectly said
If you want a dog that will love you unconditionally and be loyal till the day it dies, the best breed to get is called a Rescued.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 12, 2014
Are you ready to smile?
Here's 10 of the cutest rescue puppies who found their forever home..
#1 Could you resist my eyes?
photo credit: zion.theweim / IG
#2 1st day home from the shelter and I already love my new hooman
photo credit: lifewith_roo / IG
#3 I have the cutest ears in the world
photo credit: thetailsofbillybones / IG
#4 Will you be my best friend?
photo credit: milosanctuary / IG
#5 Mirror, Mirror on the wall who's the cutest rescue puppy of them all?
photo credit: ziggytotherescue / IG
#6 Yay my kind hooman came to the shelter and rescued me!
photo credit: heatherlmcclain / IG
#7 I could get used to this
photo credit: lasthopek9 / IG
#8 I'll go everywhere with you!
photo credit: archie_therescue / IG
#9 Being a rescue puppy is hard work
photo credit: zoeytheblacklabretriever / IG
#10 I will love you forever and ever
photo credit: bennyandthemoms / IG
Go visit your local rescue shelter or visit 'adopt a pet' and bring home your new best friend too!