Who doesn't love to share photos of their furry friends on #NationalLoveYourPetDay?! We know Colorado does, because we've been inundated with photos on our Facebook page all day long (and we're LOVING it!).

But, what about the pets that are still waiting to find their forever homes? This holiday, consider a rescue animal to adopt and love.

Here are five reasons to adopt from The Humane Society of the United States:

  1. You'll help more than just one animal.
  2. You’ll get a healthy pet.
  3. You’ll save money.
  4. You’ll have bragging rights.
  5. You won’t be supporting puppy mills.

Colorado is full of animal shelters and rescue organizations. To name a few:

New dogs are constantly being brought in to these locations who need homes. There is only so much space at the shelters and only so many volunteers available to foster.

When you make the decision to adopt, you're changing a homeless animal's whole world -- and getting a new best friend out of the deal. What could be better than that?