9 Things That Owners of Rescue Dogs Know to Be True

Today is one of our favorite holidays: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. To celebrate, we've picked some of our favorite reader-submitted photos of their adopted dogs and paired them with the nine facts that people who rescue dogs know to be true.

You didn't rescue them — they rescued you.

Rusty Rescue Dog
Rusty, a 6-month-old Redbone Coonhound mix, was rescued from the Monmouth County SPCA and lives in Manasquan, N.J.

Somehow, they always seem to know they were saved.

Kili Rescue Dog
Kili (short for Kilimanjaro) is a 3-year-old rescue living in San Antonio, Texas.

They clean up pretty good.

Logan Rescue Dog
Logan, a one-eyed Shih Tzu who used to be a stray, lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

Adoption day is a yearly celebration. Like a birthday, but better.

Gypsy Rescue Dog
Gypsy, a rescued 3-year-old Shih Tzu-Chihuahua mix, lives in Wyoming.

You get to make up awesome breed names for them.

Snickers Rescue Dog
Snickers, who lives in Desoto, Texas, is an Australian Shepherd, Chow Chow, Yorkie and unidentified terrier mix — which we would call an AusChowYorkier.

Rescue a dog and you will never be unloved.

Mouse Rescue Dog
Mouse, a 3-year-old toy Xolo from Florida, was slated to be euthanized before his adoption. Now he has thousands of Facebook fans.

Rescue dogs live in the present, never the past.

Tully Rescue Dog
Tully, a 3-year-old rescued Havanese from Sacramento, Calif., loves his tennis ball.

There's always room in your heart for another.

Hogan and Kevin Rescue Dogs
Rescue dogs Hogan, an 8-year-old Lab mix, and Kevin, an 8-year-old Miniature Dachshund, are best buddies.

You may think you chose them, but they know better.

Cotton Rescue Dog
Cotton, a rescued American Eskimo Dog, lives in Payson, Ariz.

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