Almost four million dogs enter shelters every year, and not all of them find loving forever homes. Here are some pups who were never supposed to make it out - but were adopted in the nick of time.
1. "This big guy was next on the kill list. Not anymore!"
2. "She was on death row 8 months ago ... now just enjoying a Saturday morning."
3. "Hi! I'm Andy and I was rescued from doggy death row."
4. "Saved this little guy from death row by adopting him today."
5. "Spent her life too terrified of humans to be touched and ended up on death row. I took her, and now we nap on the couch together."
6. "From death row to leather sofas. Rescued life is A-OK!"
7. "This guy was on death row for aggression at six months old. He's four now and sweet as they get."
8. "He was on death-row yesterday but now he is in my apartment. Meet Cooper."
9. "Two years ago, I rescued my beautiful girl from 'death row' where she was less than one day away from being euthanized."
10. "Just saved from death row. Meet Oink."
11. "Rescued this baby girl from death row with only a couple of hours to spare. Pure sweetness!"
12. "Rescued this guy from death row a few months back. I think he appreciates his spot on the couch."
13. "Saved this guy from Death Row, now we're keepin' him safe through his battle with heartworm."
14. "Our death row rescue, the one-eyed chihuahua."
15. "She was on death row until my mom saved her."
16. "Meet Conan. Rescued from death row."
17. "This is what happens when you adopt a death row dog ... You wind up with a very happy (albeit giant) dog with a million miles of love to give."
18. "This is Ernie. He was almost put down in a local dog shelter, just want to re-emphasize, don't buy from a breeder."
19. "This little guy was going to be put down yesterday. My husband and I immediately left work to save him."
20. "Saved this little dude 1 day before he was about to be put down."
21. "Adopted this sweet girl the DAY she was scheduled to be put down! She is my world!"
22. "My new dog, Buster. An Xmas present no one wanted who we saved from being put down."
23. "We saved this bad boy from being put down at an overcrowded kennel."
24. "2 years ago I rescued a dog 3 days before she was scheduled to be put down. She was born in a shelter and had never been fostered. She has changed my life."
25. "Ginger is a shepherd beagle mix. She was born in a pound and was going to be put down. 4 years later, best dog ever."
26. "Saved my beautiful girl the day before she was to be put down - she now just turned 7! pit/boxer."
27. "This is Bowser. My brother rescued him from a kill shelter the day he was supposed to be put down. I think he's happy here."
28. "My dog Coco, we adopted her 1 hour before she was going to be put down, all she ask[s] for are pats."
29. "Adopted this little guy from the pound just before he was about to be put down, giving him a second chance at life. I think we're going to name him Chance."
30. "She was going to be put down because apparently black dogs don't do so well in shelters. Will happily sit in your lap for hours if you let her."
31. "Saved this guy from being euthanized ... He's my new buddy!"