Most of the time, when a pup spends a long time in the shelter, they don't really know what it is to call a place "home". So when a stranger adopts a dog from the shelter and takes it home, the furry friend isn't really sure what's happening. Sometimes they look confused, sometimes they look frightened - the reactions vary from pup to pup, but they all have one thing in common - they're just adorable.

Keep on scrolling to take a look at Bored Panda's list of adorable newly adopted puppies and what they looked like when they entered their new home for the first time. Have any similar photos? Add them to the list!

#1

Still Not Sure If We Adopted A Deer Or A Dog

Still Not Sure If We Adopted A Deer Or A Dog

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Katie Bear 3 years ago

Part dog, part deer, all awesome

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#2

Smiling Pup On Adoption Day

Smiling Pup On Adoption Day

Genetta Report

Yvonne Bernal 3 years ago

I'd smile like this too if I needed a forever home. PLEASE - Adopt a rescue dog, they need us.

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#3

First Ride Home From The Shelter - Finally A Home At 11 Years Old

First Ride Home From The Shelter - Finally A Home At 11 Years Old

sanantoniojackson Report

Lell Gee 3 years ago

Aww I LOVE people who adopt older dogs, thank you!

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#4

Adopted This Old Man Max From The Shelter Today

Adopted This Old Man Max From The Shelter Today

LonelyVelociraptor Report

Melody Lanzatella 3 years ago

bless you for adopting a senior!

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#5

My Name Is Ripley And I Was Adopted Today

My Name Is Ripley And I Was Adopted Today

Jacknotjillskiii Report

Sara Šuntić 3 years ago

This is the most beautiful dog i ever seen... Look at his eyes!

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#6

My Buddy Royal. Adopted And Returned Twice - No One Wanted Him. Best Buddies, We Are

My Buddy Royal. Adopted And Returned Twice - No One Wanted Him. Best Buddies, We Are

John Vrydaghs Report

Naima Ivansdóttir 3 years ago

chin pillow! LOL

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#7

We Adopted This Dog During My Tour In Afghanistan

We Adopted This Dog During My Tour In Afghanistan

XaVierDK Report

Marieange Dobresk 3 years ago

Thanks for your service!

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#8

Dog Waits 8 Months To Find A Home, Gets Adopted By Caretaker On Christmas

Dog Waits 8 Months To Find A Home, Gets Adopted By Caretaker On Christmas

Meems138 Report

#9

My Friend Adopted A Stray, Meet Duncan, Possibly The Happiest Looking Dog On Crete

My Friend Adopted A Stray, Meet Duncan, Possibly The Happiest Looking Dog On Crete

blkswrdsman Report

Yvonne Bernal 3 years ago

The smile speaks VOLUMES!

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#10

One Year Ago We Spontaneously Got This Little Nugget And It Was The Best Decision We Ever Made

One Year Ago We Spontaneously Got This Little Nugget And It Was The Best Decision We Ever Made

lunatheborderaussie Report

Yvonne Bernal 3 years ago

It is wonderful how these dogs "know" they're finally going home!

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#11

She Survived Walmart

She Survived Walmart

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Pearl Dacks 3 years ago

It's ok, the store manager gave us permission.

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#12

My Wife And I Just Adopted Our First Dog

My Wife And I Just Adopted Our First Dog

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Kim Dudley 3 years ago

Those markings are amazing! Beautiful!

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#13

So We Adopted An Abandoned Puppy

So We Adopted An Abandoned Puppy

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Pearl Dacks 3 years ago

I'm going to live in a real home with a family who will love me happily ever after.

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#14

3 Years Ago I Met My New Family, They Are Nice They Took Me From The People Who Didn't Care

3 Years Ago I Met My New Family, They Are Nice They Took Me From The People Who Didn't Care

axlethepitbull Report

Melody Lanzatella 3 years ago

CUTE!!!!

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#15

Mom And Dad's Favorite Picture They Took Of Me When They First Got Me

Mom And Dad's Favorite Picture They Took Of Me When They First Got Me

thenorsedog Report

P.Brux FHell 3 years ago

How YOU doin'?

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#16

Charlie's First Day Home

Charlie's First Day Home

ManiacComet Report

Carol Bradstreet 3 years ago

"I'll never let you go." :)

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#17

Recently Adopted This Dog From Bulgaria

Recently Adopted This Dog From Bulgaria

I8TheLastCookie Report

Bo Desheva 3 years ago

What a joy it is to see one of the many suffering street dogs in Bulgaria find a loving home. This is so generous of you! Take good care of the little darling - it's not an easy life for a street dog here. We have three rescues at home and they bring us an incredible amount of joy!

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#18

Meet Patches. We Adopted Him From An Animal Shelter. This Was His First Day At His New Home

Meet Patches. We Adopted Him From An Animal Shelter. This Was His First Day At His New Home

hec187 Report

Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

" I'm safe now "....

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#19

Adoption Day

Adoption Day

Vic_Valiant Report

Piermatti 3 years ago

Oh my god it's so adorable

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#20

Girlfriend And I Rescued This Little Girl Today

Girlfriend And I Rescued This Little Girl Today

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

awww she's so beautiful!

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#21

First Day Home. He Played With His Squeaky Squirrel Until He Passed Out

First Day Home. He Played With His Squeaky Squirrel Until He Passed Out

xkuroinekox Report

Ariane Kok 3 years ago

❤️

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#22

So I Adopted A Puppy Yesterday

So I Adopted A Puppy Yesterday

captcutty Report

Lauren Gill 3 years ago

I would like to adopt BOTH of you!!

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#23

What A Gorgeous Looking Boy

What A Gorgeous Looking Boy

jessmcardle90 Report

Catherine Stiteler 3 years ago

He's so cute !!! Baby is adorable too.

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#24

Another Redditor Found This Dog On The Street. I Adopted Her. I Think She's Happy Now

Another Redditor Found This Dog On The Street. I Adopted Her. I Think She's Happy Now

sampants23 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

she looks happy

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#25

The Day We Brought Our Sweet Kaia Home From The Shelter

The Day We Brought Our Sweet Kaia Home From The Shelter

peaceloveandpitties Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

someone knows they're gonna be loved

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#26

My Adopted Dog

My Adopted Dog

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

...is sooooo cuuutee

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#27

New Family

New Family

rodrigo_bully Report

Fanny Westwood 3 years ago

What a GREAT photo!

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#28

Sister Just Rescued This Guy From A Local Shelter. Face Of Pure Joy

Sister Just Rescued This Guy From A Local Shelter. Face Of Pure Joy

thebbman Report

Amanda Gray 3 years ago

Beautiful

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#29

The Face You Make When You Realize You've Just Been Adopted

The Face You Make When You Realize You've Just Been Adopted

panda628 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

the very cute face of happiness

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#30

Furever My Home, Furever A Bengal

Furever My Home, Furever A Bengal

ohiobikenobi Report

blugeagua 3 years ago

Great name!

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#31

Welcome Home, Leo. You've Already Stolen Our Hearts

Welcome Home, Leo. You've Already Stolen Our Hearts

newmsk3 Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Awwwww he's beautiful,love him

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#32

His First Day In Our Home After We Rescued Him

His First Day In Our Home After We Rescued Him

MrHappyGram Report

Raquel Bacardi 3 years ago

He looks like he can't quite believe it! So cute!!

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#33

Day I Found My Mom And Daddy

Day I Found My Mom And Daddy

jazzy_the_englishbulldog Report

Georgie Hovas 3 years ago

So so cute

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#34

Finally A Place To Call Home

Finally A Place To Call Home

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Ann Jeppesen 3 years ago

Like the sign on the bed, restful sleeper.

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#35

My Sister Just Might Have Adopted The Cutest Puppy Ever Today

My Sister Just Might Have Adopted The Cutest Puppy Ever Today

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

Adorable pupster

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#36

First Day Home And I'm In Love

First Day Home And I'm In Love

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Ariane Kok 3 years ago

How in the world did this puppy got in a shelter. Who dumped her? Why??? ????

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#37

My Uncle Adopted This Former Russian Guard Dog. He Warned Me Not To Get Too Close

My Uncle Adopted This Former Russian Guard Dog. He Warned Me Not To Get Too Close

Promt69 Report

Amanda Gray 3 years ago

Yup, looking highly threatening there :-D

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#38

I'm Adopted

I'm Adopted

walrashish Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

I'm (finally) happy! Adorable

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#39

Olive The Chiweagle

Olive The Chiweagle

behindtheseoliveeyes Report

Bluby Fisher 3 years ago

it looks like a guinea pig. sorta

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#40

My Rescue Puppy His Very First Day Home

My Rescue Puppy His Very First Day Home

samhouse09 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

ohh my heart's melting

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#41

My Sister And Her Husband Adopted This Cutie, This Is His First Snow

My Sister And Her Husband Adopted This Cutie, This Is His First Snow

stephy151 Report

Elspeth MacKenzie 3 years ago

My god that dog is cute!!

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#42

When I Was A Puppy

When I Was A Puppy

big.gurl.luna Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

So adorable

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#43

2 Years Ago Today I Drove All The Way From Arkansas To Ohio To Be With My Furever Family

2 Years Ago Today I Drove All The Way From Arkansas To Ohio To Be With My Furever Family

brinniebrindle Report

Andrea Ferber 3 years ago

It's very scary when dogs learn to drive.

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#44

Adoption Day

Adoption Day

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

awww so cute...

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#45

Meet Jagger - The Newest Addition to Our Family

Meet Jagger - The Newest Addition to Our Family

xolauraelizabeth Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

so very sweet...

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#46

The Day Mommy Took Me Home

The Day Mommy Took Me Home

boomertheaussie Report

Piermatti 3 years ago

I love it's nose

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#47

Adopted This Cutie From The Shelter Today!

Adopted This Cutie From The Shelter Today!

Goatmo Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Aww

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#48

Throwback To Rikku's Adoption Day, Over 2 Years Ago

Throwback To Rikku's Adoption Day, Over 2 Years Ago

koolie_dog_rikku Report

Lou Wow 3 years ago

Beautiful colours.

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#49

We Rescued This Tired Little Chocolate Lab From The Shelter Today

We Rescued This Tired Little Chocolate Lab From The Shelter Today

outdoorbean Report

Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

First time he's probably been able to sleep soundly... And knowing he is safe...

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#50

Today, We Adopted A 9-month Old Fluffy Friend. Meet Nook!

Today, We Adopted A 9-month Old Fluffy Friend. Meet Nook!

wishful_cynic Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Awww too cute!

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#51

So I Rescued This Puppy Today

So I Rescued This Puppy Today

alexya32 Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Aww!

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#52

Congrats To Loki Of The Marvel Mutts On His Official Adoption Day!

Congrats To Loki Of The Marvel Mutts On His Official Adoption Day!

bellareedpitbullrescue Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

looks so excited & happy

#53

Just Adopted This Little Girl. Meet Maya

Just Adopted This Little Girl. Meet Maya

rightn0w_ Report

Perdy Rai 3 years ago

What a lovely name. "Maya" means "Love" in Nepalese x

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#54

All Tuckered Out After Her First Day Home

All Tuckered Out After Her First Day Home

ChristianMarino Report

Angelia Giannini 3 years ago

Pure bliss and i bet the dog is happy too. ;)

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#55

Update - Forever Home Found

Update - Forever Home Found

wolftrapanimalrescue Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

awww soooo ADORABLE...! #LOVEblackLabs

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#56

First Day After Adoption

First Day After Adoption

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Savannah Skye 3 years ago

Looks like she had too much fun on her first day :)

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#57

This Was The Day I Met My Parents

This Was The Day I Met My Parents

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

such happiness...

#58

I Love This Girl So Much Already

I Love This Girl So Much Already

skyleigh90 Report

Angelia Giannini 3 years ago

She's a looker alright!

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#59

My Adopted Dog

My Adopted Dog

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

so sweet, adorable baby

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#60

I Just Got Adopted Today And Helped My New Aad Propose To My Mom

I Just Got Adopted Today And Helped My New Aad Propose To My Mom

cjtheshibainu Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Is he a shiba!MY FAVORITE!

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#61

She Just Had A Bath In This Pic

She Just Had A Bath In This Pic

reallifewithpets Report

Mandy Harker 2 years ago

My dogs love the drying part after the bath. Looks like your puppy does too :D

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#62

Phoenix The Stunning Catahoula

Phoenix The Stunning Catahoula

jethro_tripod_catahoula Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

truly stunning!

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#63

Lady Is Loving Life In DC

Lady Is Loving Life In DC

wolftrapanimalrescue Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

soooo very beautiful...????

#64

Meeca On Her First Day Home :)

Meeca On Her First Day Home :)

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Angelia Giannini 3 years ago

Wow some pups are just comfortable right from the start as if they knew you were coming for them all along.

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#65

Sitting In Moms Lap

Sitting In Moms Lap

helentheminichi Report

Angelia Giannini 3 years ago

Oh oh and oh what a cutie.

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#66

Dexter

Dexter

omdrescue2015 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

so very sweet...

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#67

Throwback To My First Few Days With My New Family

Throwback To My First Few Days With My New Family

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Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

So cuteeeee

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#68

This Girl And I Were Made For Each Other

This Girl And I Were Made For Each Other

sunshineofthesouth Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

such an adorable pup! they are gonna be great friends

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#69

We Have A New Family Member

We Have A New Family Member

x.o_diana Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

awwwwwww...

#70

Meet Harper Everyone! She's Settling Into Her New Home With New Toys

Meet Harper Everyone! She's Settling Into Her New Home With New Toys

emelizabeth2 Report

Iris Sasaki 1 year ago

She's a beauty!

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#71

First Day Home And She's Made Herself Comfy!

First Day Home And She's Made Herself Comfy!

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Iris Sasaki 1 year ago

VERY comfy! And beautiful.

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#72

Jewel

Jewel

omdrescue2015 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

looks so happy.. CUTE!

#73

My First Day With My New Parents

My First Day With My New Parents

noxie_poxie Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

awwwww soooo ADORABLE ????

#74

Today Marks One Whole Year With This Monster

Today Marks One Whole Year With This Monster

damnuscubasteve Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

The cutest monster I've ever seen

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#75

His First Day Home

His First Day Home

rainingsheeps Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Awwwwww

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#76

Meeca In The Car On Her Way Home From The Shelter.

Meeca In The Car On Her Way Home From The Shelter.

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Iris Sasaki 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#77

When I Was No Bigger That Daddy's Shoe. Thank You For Rescuing Me That Day

When I Was No Bigger That Daddy's Shoe. Thank You For Rescuing Me That Day

wheresmybabe Report

Olivia Haddad 3 years ago

Soooo cute!

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#78

Heard From Joy's New Family. They Are Loving Her

Heard From Joy's New Family. They Are Loving Her

foster_pups1 Report

Misty Pal 3 years ago

cutie pie????

#79

Almost There

Almost There

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Misty Pal 3 years ago

awww so much cuteness in this pic ????