I completely approve of these, I have a shelter dog myself and she is the best possible pooch for my family, although she's old, lazy and a bit chunky. But for a not-terribly-active household with two small kids, I couldn't ask for a better, kinder, more patient doggie. While I worked at the shelter, I got to know some of the most amazing little personalities, and I'm always SO terribly glad to see adoption promoted in an upbeat way. Personally, I cannot justify purchasing a breed dog or cat from a breeder while this vast issue with stray, homeless animals continues.
Dottie also approves.
Edit: Also wanted to add, that I do not in any way whatsoever judge people who DO buy a breed from a breeder, provided that the breeder is a responsible person with the welfare and health of their breed at the forefront of their mind! My family owned breed dogs in the past as well, and I wouldn't trade a single moment away, even though now I try to gravitate towards shelter dogs, at least when I am planning a dog in a country that has a serious issue with it, such as Croatia. In Finland I would likely get a cat from the shelter and a dog from a responsible breeder. Just wanted to make it clear that the most important thing of all is the health of the animal and the bond they have with their human, not where you got them!
Many thanks to Ashaine and Kurenio for the beautiful signature and avatar!