It's no secret that George W. Bush is a dog lover:

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Last week, he and his wife, Laura, planned to visit the Texas SPCA Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center to thank the volunteers at the organization for all of their hard work.

But plans — especially those involving animals — rarely go as expected.

Now, the former president is happy to announce that the Bush family has a new addition:

He writes on Instagram:

“[Laura] and I are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our family, Freddy Bush. We visited the @spcatexas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center last Tuesday to thank them for their great work – and came home with a puppy. We already love him, and even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist.”

The 43rd president ends his post by advocating for animal shelters and animal rescue groups:

“If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.”

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters each year. Because of the lack of space and resources, around 2.7 million of those animals end up being euthanized.

Don't we all need a little extra joy in our lives?

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