The only thing more awesome than dogs being saved from homelessness and filth is then seeing those rescue pups run around a tennis court chasing balls for players.
That's the exact scene that took place at the recent Brazil Open in São Paulo. Now, you may think it's a bit much to have newly-rescued dogs be put on display in front of the masses, but that was exactly the point.
Andrea Beckert, a trainer with the Association of Animal Wellbeing, told CNN,
We want to show that abandoned dogs can be adopted and trained. After all, it's not easy to get a dog to only pick up the lost balls, and then to give them up!
I don't own a dog, but after spending an hour at my girlfriend's house, I can certainly attest to Beckert's logic.
Hopefully, these cute canines will soon be chasing balls in the backyards of loving homes, rather than the clay tennis courts of São Paulo.