When choosing a new puppy, there's 1 factor more important than how cute he or she is.

March 23 marks National Puppy Day.

Not that anyone needs extra reason to share pictures of adorable dogs, National Puppy Day devotes a day to do that and focus efforts on one of the big issues facing dog lovers: puppy mills.


A puppy mill is a commercially run dog-breeding facility that supplies pet stores with dogs, which are then sold to consumers.

Puppy mills often emphasize selling as many dogs as possible without caring much about the actual health and safety of the animals they sell. Groups like the ASPCA and Humane Society have been working to put an end to puppy mills.



Adopting from a shelter is a much more humane, affordable approach to pet ownership.

By adopting from a shelter instead of shopping at a store, animal lovers aren't supporting puppy mills. And on top of that, adoption saves a life.

Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's "It's Me or the Dog" used her Twitter account to voice support for shelter adoption.


As did Melissa Knowles of HLN's "The Daily Share."


If you're planning on adding a furry new friend to your life, save a shelter dog!

The Humane Society, Maddie's Fund, and the Ad Council have joined together to create a national adoption database.

Check out this heartwarming video by the Shelter Pet Project featuring "Scandal" actress Bellamy Young.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a measure last month that could pave the way for the Catholic Church to deny President Joe Biden communion. The conservative bishops hope to prevent Biden from participating in the sacred ritual because of his support for abortion rights.

Biden is a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest in his youth. He rarely misses mass, holds a rosary while making critical decisions, and often quotes scriptures. When asked about the bishops' decision Biden said it is "a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen."

The bishops hope the new guidance would push "Catholics who are cultural, political, or parochial leaders to witness the faith."

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