Dogs can really enrich our lives and for many, they become a member of the family.
If you're looking to bring a pooch into the home, have you ever considered rescuing a dog instead of buying a puppy?
Some rescue dogs are in desperate need of being re-homed and people might not choose to adopt them for a variety of reasons- perhaps they are older or have a physical ailment.
According to statistics from the RSPCA , inspectors investigate more than 130,700 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect every year, meaning many of the dogs taken into the organisation are victims of abuse.
As such, they might be harder to care for and have specific needs that some owners aren't prepared for or capable of handling.
However, if you are able to welcome a rescue dog into your home they are adorable companions who are hoping to be loved.
Here are some of the most adorable RSPCA rescue dogs in need of a home- you could even welcome them into your home as soon as Easter.
Branch: The William & Patricia Venton Animal Centre
Ben's owner abused him and when he was found, he was covered in injuries and scars. He has spent the last two years looking for an owner to love him.
He is described as "adorable, gentle and loving" who enjoys long walks.
Branch: Sheffield Animal Centre
Breed: Terrier cross
This lovable dog has been with the RSPCA for more than 500 days. He came into their care after his owner passed away.
He needs some help to relax and can get 'grabby' at times, but he loves long walks and is looking for a calm and experienced dog owner.
Branch: Mount Noddy Animal Centre, RSPCA Sussex Chichester & District Branch
Breed: German Shepherd
This "affectionate" and "playful" 6-year-old pooch, is looking to be relocated in a calm and quiet household.
She was re-homed after her previous owner was unable to care for her.
Toyah is unsure of strangers so adopters will need to spend time getting to know her and working with the centre to build a bond with her before re-homing.
However, once she knows you, Toyah has a lot of love to give and enjoys cuddles.
Branch:RSPCA Crewe, Nantwich & District Branch
Breed: German Shepherd
Once you have established a bond with Cal, he is a funny and loving dog.
He has been put in some "very difficult situations" with other unfamiliar people and dogs, meaning it takes time for him to trust people.
However, the intelligent pooch is slowly moving on from his past and would make a great companion.
He is best suited to a child-free house, that is calm and in a quiet area.
Branch:RSPCA Surrey Woking & District Branch
This 3-year-old boxer cross has been in the RSPCA's care for some time but is described as a "gentle giant".
However, Max is a loving dog. He is a large dog, who doesn't realise his strength or size and owners will need to take some time in training and socialising him.
Max is a "charming" dog who interacts well with other people and animals.
Potential owners have to leave near Guildford, as they will need to commute to the RSPCA centre regularly during the re-homing process.
Branch:RSPCA Bath & District Branch
Breed: Bull Terrier crossbreed
Lacey is a photogenic pooch who loves company but gets stressed when left alone.
She loves to play and is very smart, meaning she wants to be kept mentally active most of the time.
Other dogs can be worrying and frustrating for Lacey, she will need to be kept in quiet areas away from other dogs while she settles in.
Once she has settled, her beautiful and loving character will blossom.
Branch:RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch
Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This young dog is very friendly, but she does have some negative behaviours that need to be addressed.
She's had some bad experiences with men and has not been well socialised with dogs and will be a challenging dog to take on.
Peggy loves to play and has a lovable and kid character, but she will bark at animals and situations that frighten her.
The RSPCA said people need to be certain that getting a rescue dog is right for them.
However, if they are responsible owners Easter could be the perfect time to adopt a dog.
A spokesperson for the company said: "If you are able to welcome a dog into your family, please consider offering a rescue dog a new home instead of buying a puppy.
"Rescuing a dog is an extremely rewarding experience. The RSPCA rehomes thousands of dogs every year and we have dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds and temperaments looking for families to take them on.
"Easter can be a busy time for many households. Unusual noise and activities can make it difficult for any pet to settle into their new homes so it is not always the best time to introduce them into the household.
"However, for some people, Easter can be a calm, quiet time and may well be a good opportunity to introduce an animal into the home as families tend to be around the house with more time to spend with them."