This post was written by Lindsey Robertson on The Dodo.

1. You will save a life.

2. Rescue dogs can make incredible transformations when they are adopted into loving homes.

3. Most rescue dogs are relinquished for reasons that have nothing to do with behavioral problems, and they are generally quite loving and gentle.

4. When you rescue a canine, you’ll never want for cuddles.

5. If you adopt a dog, you’ll be giving him the gift of new adventures and exploration.

6. Your other animals might actually be grateful to have a new pal, as shelter dogs often get quite a bit of socialization before they’re adopted.

7. Every dog has an amazing personality all his own.

8. Dogs at shelters come in all shapes and sizes!

9. Choosing rescue dogs means that you won’t be supporting inhumane puppy mills.

10. When you adopt a rescue dog, you’ve got a best friend for life.

In Honor of ASPCA’s Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, your rescue dog photos could be featured on The Dodo! Post your rescue pics to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShelterDogsRock14.

One picture will be chosen for a grand prize — which includes a BarkBox gift card. For more details and to be eligible to win, enter here and tell ASPCA exactly why your shelter pup is awesome in your caption!