Weddings are heartwarming enough as it is, but Andee Ondina and her new wife Tina Krasinski took theirs to the next level. Ondina, who is a manager at a pet resort, wanted to raise awareness about pet adoption and rescue, so she had each of her 10 bridesmaids carry a rescued puppy down the aisle instead of a flower bouquet. The adorable pups each wore a miniature flower crown.

Ondina also previously worked at an animal shelter and wanted to express her deep love for animals on one of her most special days. She nicknamed the dogs “puppquets.” Each puppy was saved from a kill shelter, and she wanted to encourage her guests to adopt them as well as simply raise more awareness.

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The timing of the puppies’ birth was perfect for this idea to come to life. The mother and her babies were all saved from a kill shelter in Georgia and brought to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. Even better, two of the guests immediately committed to taking in a puppy!

Ondina said she wanted to show people just how many adorable dogs are in shelters and need homes, and remind people that we should always look to adopt rather than purchase animals.

When we purchase animals from shops, it is almost guaranteed that they came from awful puppy mills that care more about profit than the lives of the dogs. It is never a good idea to contribute to places that over-breed dogs when there are already so many that need homes.

Thankfully, many others are trying to encourage adoption as well. A brewery in North Dakota recently encouraged adoption in a creative way when they created a six-pack of beers starring adoptable dogs on the labels. And if you’re not yet convinced, these before and after photos of adopted animals will show you just why adoption is always the right choice.

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