That's a LOT of dogs.
Are you — like tens of millions of others — what you would call a "dog person?"
Or, at the very least, will you agree with me when I say that this dog enjoying a popsicle is both (a) adorable and (b) having a pretty good time? Good.
Take that feeling, multiply it by 1,400, and what you'll get is Sara Cross and Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.
It all started when Sara saw a Facebook picture of a dog named Kevin on death row. Though she was still living in a one-bedroom apartment, Cross started taking in and fostering dogs.
Four years later, and with the help of some great volunteers, her nonprofit shelter has rescued more than 1,400 dogs.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that around 2.4 million perfectly healthy pets are put down in shelters each year.
Cross and Brooklyn Badass Animal Rescue can't solve this problem on their own, but they're doing everything they can to help reduce the number of healthy dogs that otherwise end up being euthanized.
Cross was just one person trying to make a difference, and now her efforts have snowballed into a thriving nonprofit shelter.
As individuals, we can only do so much. But together we can change the world, and that's exactly what Cross is trying to do.
Every success story begins with a dream, and Sara Cross has hers: