These adorable shelter pets are eager to prove that adopting is the way to go.

When you're ready to get a pet, why not make adoption your first choice?

There are tons of reasons to adopt when you're looking for a pet.

Before you make your decision, though, these adopted pets would like to weigh in.

Image courtesy of Lucky and Doxie, via Angela Maria/Instagram.

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5 things you should know before getting a pet rabbit this Easter.

Rabbits make great pets — not-so-great Easter presents.

Every year, just after Easter, animal shelters like Chicago's Red Door are inundated with rabbits found outside. As it turns out, many of these abandoned rabbits were given as Easter presents.

Since Easter 2015, Red Door has taken in 83 pet rabbits abandoned outside after the holiday. And those are the lucky ones. According to shelter president, Marcia Coburn, many face a much worse fate, such as being attacked by predators or facing disease.

Simply put, the rabbits we bring into our homes aren't like the rabbits you might find hopping around your backyard. To "free" your pet rabbit is usually a cruel bunny death sentence.

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There are up to 10,000 puppy mills across the U.S.

That's more than enough to keep an animal lover awake at night.

Have you heard about these places? They're overcrowded and operate largely under the radar. Careless breeding practices means generations of dogs with health defects are born into unsanitary conditions, and female dogs are overbred and often killed once they are no longer of use, according to the ASPCA.

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