When a pet store's customers met their new pets, they had no idea they'd come from shelters.

Turns out it's about the emotional connection, not the pedigree.

We think we get something better by paying more for it. But not this time.

A video from Associação Quatro Patinhas tells the story of an animal-loving pet store in Brazil. The store decided to see if they could get some shelter animals adopted by presenting them to customers as if they were animals for sale. They wondered if it might make them seem more desirable.


Shelters all over the world are packed with perfectly good animals that need homes. The people who run them usually love the animals, but shelters aren't homes, and many shelters eventually euthanize animals that aren't adopted.

The store quietly replaced all of their pets for sale with pets for adoption. But they didn't say anything.

As far as their customers knew, these were pricey pets.

What happened? People fell in love.

It's basically the same thing that always happens in pet stores. Families and individual customers came to shop, and some of them immediately bonded with a certain dog or cat. They approached store employees and told them they were ready to make a purchase.

The salespeople wouldn't take their money. The new family members would be free.

Some customers thought they were being teased, other were suspicious, but, in the end, they got it. They'd already given their hearts over to their new pets anyway.

And some shelter animals found loving homes.

There's probably an animal shelter in your community, and there may very well be someone there you can fall in love with forever. Check out the following video to see how it went on in the store ... and just think, it could happen to you!

(Note: The video below is in Portuguese with captions.)

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