These people went to shop for a dog — and ended up adopting instead.

An animal advocacy group in Brazil set out on a mission to display the difference between animals in pet shops — and animals in shelters. And they nailed it.

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LAST UPDATED: 21 August 2015

It was just another normal day in a popular pet shop. Customers came in looking to spend an exorbitant amount on a new four-legged best friend — and on the other side of the glass, adorable puppies and kittens waited to go to their forever homes.

But there was one important difference — and it would change the hearts and minds of people forever.

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The idea that all animals are 'priceless' — is one very close to the heart of rescue organisation, Quatro Patinhas (meaning 'Four Little Paws') who know all too well the sad fate of animals relegated to Brazil's shelters. Founder and President, Christianne Duarte Garoiu, says that shelters are so overcrowded and underfunded, that many animals will die while waiting to be adopted. To make matters worse — pounds are in such a poor state that people looking to welcome a dog or cat into their family avoid them, preferring to go to pet shops in nice areas where they will pay a lot of money for purebred animals.

So Quatro Patinhas wanted to send a message to the people of Brazil: "better than buying a life is saving one" — and they set about displaying puppies and kittens from shelters in a fancy pet store. Surprised customers who wished to purchase the animals were told that there would be no charge — because they saved a life.

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Why buy while animals die?

It's a simple message, and one that everyone can get on board with — by choosing to adopt instead of buying your next BFF, you'll be saving the life of an animal who really needs it.

People still pay a lot of money buying animals in pet shops. But there are many other pets that would bring so much love with them for all their lives ...Christianne Duarte Garoiu, President and Founder of Quatro Patinhas

Every time you adopt from a good rescue group in Australia — your adoption fee is not only significantly less than what a pet store might charge in many cases, but covers the cost of vaccination, desexing, worming and microchipping of your new friend. This not only ensures that your new companion is happy and healthy — but you'll be giving back to an organisation so that they can save more lives.

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