The kind of love that the dogs hold in their hearts can only be described as divine. With them, they bring joy, endless giggles, and days filled with fun and frolic.

People, who love pets, will always leap at the first chance to bring a dog home and it really takes a big heart to care for one that has been abandoned on the streets by its owner for unknown reasons. Every year, thousands of such innocent pooches are left on the streets to fend for themselves.

Keeping in mind the fact that the canines are subjected to horrific abuse by humans and even to death due to lack of food on the streets, some nonprofit organizations have taken it on themselves to find new homes for the abandoned dogs.

To honor the kind initiative taken by these Good Samaritans, May 20 is commemorated as the National Rescue Dogs Day in 2009. The concept of the day is attributed to Lisa Wiehebrink, an author as well as the founder of "Tails That Teach." Most of Wiehebrink's works focus on humans and their connection with animals, as well as the need to instill love for animals in young children, which in turn helps them grow up into animal-loving adults. Wiehebrink proclaimed the day in 2009 after she rescued her dog Cooper and several others.

To mark this year's run for the occasion, here are some quotes about rescuing pups that are sure to touch the heart.

  • "The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."- Samuel Butler
  • "The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be."- Konrad Lorenz
  • "The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog."- M.K. Clinton.
  • "Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever."- Karen Davison.
  • "A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any 'thing' you can ever own."- Elizabeth Parker.
  • "After we bring food home from the grocery store...Dogs must think we are the greatest hunters ever!"- Ann Taylor.
  • "In this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."- George Graham Vest.
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