Russian illustrator Bird.Born has been drawing and sharing online for years, and this series about adopting dogs hits us right in the feels.

But let’s get real for a second.

Across the world dogs are bred to be sold and this often results in overbreeding, inbreeding and LOTS of health problems. That’s why it’s important to not forget about adoption. Because the more we shop for our pets, the more likely it is that these breeding practices will continue.

Enjoy Bird.Born’s story and think about adopting the next time you’re looking to give a doggo a forever home. It’s one of the best decisions you can make. In fact, you can find a place to adopt near you by clicking this link.

The transition can be tough.

Patience is key. So is love.

Every pet has their challenges.

Dogs actually help you be healthier!

Dogs help you learn what you’re capable of!

Dogs also teach you about sacrifice and compromise.

And remember… adopt, don’t shop.

You’re worth it. So are they.

Does adoption change anything? Yes! It changes you.

It changes everyone in the household forever, and in very challenging ways.

But, in the end, it’s sooooooo worth it!