OKLAHOMA CITY — A lot of people would love to adopt a dog, but most potential dog owners look for special features... like a dog that would look nice with their home or family.
But this weekend, some Oklahoma groups came together to encourage Oklahomans to "adopt ugly."
"It's so exciting to be here. We've got so many dogs from different rescues and different organizations," Natasha Alikhani, with the Bella Foundation, said.
Lots of dogs were brought together for a celebration.
"Just because the ugly, or the quirks, are the things that make them so beautiful," Julia Radke, creator of Adopt Ugly, said.
See some competitors from recent 'World's Ugliest Dog' competitions:
World's Ugliest Dog competitions
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Grovie, a Pug, is seen before the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Josie, a Chinese Crested, shakes while walking before the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Penny, a pure bred Pug, awaits the start of the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
James Montgomery displays his dog Penny, a pure bred Pug for judges during the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
An eight year-old Chinese Crested dog called 'Mugly' is pictured during a photocall in London, on June 28, 2012. Mugly, a former rescue dog, was named the world's ugliest dog at the 'World's Ugliest Dog Competition' in California on Friday June 22, 2012. Mugly is expected to star in his own documentary called 'Mutt Ugly.' AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 24: A contestant holds up his ugly dog during the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair on June 24, 2011 in Petaluma, California. Yoda won the $1,000 top prize as the world's ugliest dog. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2007 file photo, Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" appears at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. Elwood, who weighed in at just 6 lbs and was rescued as the result of a New Jersey SPCA investigation, won the title of World's ugliest dog of 2007. The 25th running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest takes place Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Isaboo poses for a portrait while competing in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Rascal poses for a portrait while competing in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Peanut, a two-year-old mutt is held by Holly Chandler, the owner after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. Chandler and Peanut are from North Carolina. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
Icky, a Chinese Crested looks over the shoulder of Jon Adler, his owner, before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
Quasi Modo, an eight-year-old mixed breed from Florida, walks across the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. Quasi Modo was born with a spinal birth defect. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
A judge evaluates Yoda during the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Petaluma, Calif. The 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix took top honors winning $1000 and a plethora of pet perks at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Ratdog, a 14-year-old Chihuahua mix, competes in the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Petaluma, Calif. He was born deaf and toothless, but did not win the Sonoma-Marin Fair competition. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Hercules, a blind one-eyed 15-year-old pug, competes in the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Petaluma, Calif. Held as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, the event bestowed a $1000 prize for top honors. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Pabst competes in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 26, 2009, in Petaluma, Calif. The toothy 4-year-old Boxer mix won top honors. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
FILE - In this June 26, 2009 file photo, Miss Ellie celebrates her win in the "World's Ugliest Dog Contest" at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma, Calif. The small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her to also win Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest in 2009, has died at age 17 after a career in resort show business in the Smoky Mountains. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
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The first ever Adopt Ugly event was held Saturday at the Oklahoma City Farmer's Public Market. It was organized by a UCO student who wants to encourage people to know that shelter or rescue dogs are beautiful.
"A lot of people have had a stigma of calling rescue dogs ugly...yeah, a lot of people have said that. So we want to change that negative stigma," Alikhani said.
Dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and personalities were on hand. There were even a few cats.
It was a big event with one simple message. Adopt ugly.
"Dogs, a lot of times, stay in shelters longer because of age, or appearance, or size. So our whole focus was to get those dogs homes," Radke said.
Dogs that found a forever home at the event took home an Adopt Ugly kit that included soap, a toy, and a brush.
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