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The 7-second video that will change how you feel about animal adoption

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

You may want that designer pup, but dogs like this really need you

If you've been mulling over the idea of adopting a rescue dog and are still on the fence, this heartbreaking video should be all the motivation you need.

Before you make any decisions about adding a four-legged family member to your home, watch this video. Then, watch it again.

At only seven seconds long, it will break your heart. It will make you angry. It may very possibly make you cry. What it should also do, though, is inspire you. It should make you want to help this poor, sweet pup that is so emaciated, it literally doesn't have the strength to stand. It's so emaciated, you can count every rib... every vertebra.

If you've been waffling about whether to adopt, my friend, let this video be the push you need in the direction of the nearest rescue organization.

Dogs like Rex need people like you.

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