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One of the most beautiful things in the world is the friendship and lifelong bonds that we create with animals. To celebrate the new beginnings, each month, we share images of recently adopted pets.

This month is no different as we compiled a new list of animals who, hopefully, found their forever homes and will live happily ever after. Though this new bond will require patience, love, and empathy - the fertilizer of every healthy relationship - it will certainly gift unimaginable joy and bond worth every difficult moment experienced.

So, whether you are thinking of adopting, have adopted, or just love cute animal pictures, we believe you will find comfort in seeing these happy pets adjusting to their new environments.

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Adopted This Girl 20 Mins Before Her Euthanization!

Adopted This Girl 20 Mins Before Her Euthanization!

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This Is Meatball. He's Going Home For The Very First Time, With A Human Of His Very Own

This Is Meatball. He's Going Home For The Very First Time, With A Human Of His Very Own

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Bored Panda reached out to animal behaviorist Anastasiia Kramarenko to learn more about common issues that adopted animals deal with and how to overcome them.

If you are thinking about adoption, there are many things that you might want to consider beforehand, like the age of the pet, potential health issues or character issues, the cost of having a pet, and such. So let’s say you already decided on all that, and want to prepare further.

In order to minimize the stress level for you and the animal, we asked Anastasiia to share what are some common behavioral challenges that adopted pets might face, and how adopters can prepare to address these challenges effectively. Anastasiia responded: “There isn't a typical list of behavioral issues for animals in shelters. It depends on their past experiences: where they lived, the conditions, interactions, and genetics. Some can be very friendly and people-oriented, while others can be extremely fearful, avoiding human contact altogether.”

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(Oc) Recently Adopted Kitten, Frost

(Oc) Recently Adopted Kitten, Frost

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks like a Khao Manee, one of the rarest cat breeds in the world. They originate from Thailand, and have ties to royalty. The odd-eyes Khao Manee are the rarest of them all.

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We Adopted This Little Guy After He Was Left Alone. He's Happy And Full Of Purrs

We Adopted This Little Guy After He Was Left Alone. He's Happy And Full Of Purrs

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Saved This Little One. Found In A Bush. Covered In Red Ants And Fleas Being Eaten Alive. She Was Crying For Help When My Dog Found Her And Lead Me To Her

Saved This Little One. Found In A Bush. Covered In Red Ants And Fleas Being Eaten Alive. She Was Crying For Help When My Dog Found Her And Lead Me To Her

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Anastasiia continued: “I recommend visiting the shelter multiple times to get to know your future pet. Spend time together and take walks, making it less stressful for the animal and you. It's also a good idea to learn from shelter staff about the specific behavioral traits the animal exhibits and its health status. If the shelter workers know, you might ask about the animal's life history and the circumstances that led it to the shelter. This information could be crucial in understanding potential issues and formulating strategies to address them.

The preparation process is similar to preparing for a non-shelter animal. This involves setting up resting spots for dogs providing treats, bowls, shampoo, toys, etc. For cats, you'd add equipment that allows them to climb to heights, like special structures or shelves. It's also advisable to have multiple litter boxes in different locations for cats to understand their preferences and prevent litter box issues.

If this is your first dog, I'd suggest seeking consultation with an animal behavior specialist before bringing the pet home. Alternatively, find a specialist you trust so that you can turn to them if needed.”

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This Old Man Of A Stray Has Adopted Me

This Old Man Of A Stray Has Adopted Me

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see that he fixed the blinds to his preference. That’s how you know that a cat lives there. ..I have the same ones. 😺

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#8

This Angel Was Dumped At My Work, Left With Only A Single Can Of Food That He Never Even Noticed. Now, He’s Mine. Everyone, Meet Wesley! 🧡

This Angel Was Dumped At My Work, Left With Only A Single Can Of Food That He Never Even Noticed. Now, He’s Mine. Everyone, Meet Wesley! 🧡

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will never understand the heartless excuses for people who abandon animals.

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When To Adopt A Baby Boy Yesterday, But His Little Sister Would Be Left Alone So We Took Them Both 😍

When To Adopt A Baby Boy Yesterday, But His Little Sister Would Be Left Alone So We Took Them Both 😍

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Adopting a pet can be a wonderful experience, but it also comes with its share of adjustments. We asked Anastasiia to provide insights into the typical adjustment period for newly adopted pets and offer tips for helping them settle into their new homes.

“Animals find it challenging to adapt to changes in their living environment, especially if they have had traumatic experiences. On average, the adaptation period takes around two weeks. So, during the initial period, try to be kind and avoid leaving your pet alone. Chewing or licking can help animals calm down. Using lick mats, where you can spread pâté or yogurt, can be helpful. Also, consider giving dogs chew toys, like bully sticks or dried joints. Learn to read the body language of animals so you can track and understand their current feelings. Then, you can figure out what they enjoy more or less. Some animals love attention and respond well to talking and petting. In contrast, others might prefer not to be disturbed during the adaptation period, allowing them to get used to the new environment at their own pace.

Paying attention to your readiness for the new addition to your home is essential. The initial period can be psychologically demanding and require patience. Surround yourself with support and have someone to be with your pet while you take breaks. Make sure to prepare your living space by hiding cords and anything else valuable, as sometimes a pet still learning household rules might accidentally knock something over or chew on things,” advised Anastasiia.

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My Parents Rescued A Dog. He Now Has A Seat At The Table

My Parents Rescued A Dog. He Now Has A Seat At The Table

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Just Adopted This Sweet Boy Look At All Those Toes

Just Adopted This Sweet Boy Look At All Those Toes

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Every pet has a unique background and personality as Anastasiia already discussed a bit above. We were wondering how adopters can assess a pet's behavior and temperament during their initial interactions at the shelter or rescue to ensure a good match for their lifestyle and expectations. Anastasiia shared: “All dogs are unique and have distinct personalities regardless of their breed. It's essential to consider your readiness and experience in living with animals and your knowledge. Suppose you realize you're uncertain about taking responsibility for a particular animal, especially if it requires significant behavior adjustments. You may lack the knowledge or financial means for regular work with a specialist. In that case, it's better to think carefully about whether you can provide a happy life for that animal.

Regarding a pet's activity and energy levels, I would again advise visiting your future companion multiple times. This will help you understand the dog or cat's physical and mental exercise requirements and prepare accordingly. Don't hesitate to ask shelter staff questions about the specific dog. If the shelter is outside the city, and you live in an urban environment, inquire about how the dog behaves in a city setting. Cities can be filled with various triggers, and some dogs may find it challenging to adapt to such an environment, while others may never fully adjust.

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Observe how the dog's attitude towards you changes during your visits to the shelter. Many dogs may initially approach a new person with caution but can gradually become more comfortable with them. If this doesn't happen, it might require several visits to understand how long the dog needs to adapt to something new. Based on this, you can decide whether you are ready to work with such an animal.”

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Granddaughter's First Kitten. She Named Her Fluffernutter

Granddaughter's First Kitten. She Named Her Fluffernutter

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She Was Abandoned Next To My House... Guess I Have A Cat Now

She Was Abandoned Next To My House... Guess I Have A Cat Now

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[oc] Daughter Brought Her Home Two Weeks Ago. Nursed For A Week With Kmr. Now We Cook A Little Chicken For Her (She Won’t Eat Fancy Feast Yet). Single Dad With Two Kids And Never Had A Kitten Before

[oc] Daughter Brought Her Home Two Weeks Ago. Nursed For A Week With Kmr. Now We Cook A Little Chicken For Her (She Won’t Eat Fancy Feast Yet). Single Dad With Two Kids And Never Had A Kitten Before

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You might want to check her pressure, it looks like somebody may have let the air out of your cat.

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Many adopted pets may have experienced trauma or neglect before finding their forever homes. We wanted to know if there are some strategies adopters can employ to help these pets overcome their past and build a trusting relationship.

“This way requires respect, patience, and understanding towards the animal. Building trust takes gradual steps. Pet owners need to demonstrate stability and predictability. It's essential to recognize that trauma often involves a loss of control and an intense fear for one's health and life. Therefore, creating a safe environment for the animals is crucial, starting with initially confining them to one room of the house. Then, introduce the animal to one person, for example, whom the animal can become accustomed to and begin to trust. Later, continue this introduction process with other family members. Safety starts at home, so initially, focus on that.

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One common mistake is the belief that "I adopted a shelter animal, so it should be grateful, obedient, and adore me." However, animals don't comprehend such complex concepts, and they will behave according to their previous experiences. If their experience tells them that humans are dangerous creatures to be avoided, they will act accordingly,” wrote Anastasiia.

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Meet My Newest Hospice Adoptee, Elfin Rabbit, 15 Years Old!

Meet My Newest Hospice Adoptee, Elfin Rabbit, 15 Years Old!

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2 Weeks Home And She Thinks She Owns The Place!

2 Weeks Home And She Thinks She Owns The Place!

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#18

I Finally Got Over My Ailurophobia And Took This Little Girl In

I Finally Got Over My Ailurophobia And Took This Little Girl In

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And lastly, adopted pets often exhibit varying degrees of separation anxiety. We asked Anastasiia to share what are some effective training methods or techniques that can help ease separation anxiety in newly adopted dogs or cats.

“Acclimation can take months and, in some cases, even years. Generally, separation anxiety can manifest in various ways: pacing, barking, indoor accidents, and destructive behavior like chewing furniture or clothing.

Training an animal to be comfortable with being alone should be done gradually, starting with just a few minutes. During this training, you shouldn't leave the animal alone for longer than it can tolerate calmly. So, if you need to go for an extended period, consider contacting pet sitters, friends, or family members who can be with the animal while you're away,” shared Anastasiia.

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Congratulations, We Have A New Addition. Her Name Is Katie And His Name Is Chester

Congratulations, We Have A New Addition. Her Name Is Katie And His Name Is Chester

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#20

When The New Kitten Gets Accepted Into The Family

When The New Kitten Gets Accepted Into The Family

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#22

I Have Rescued This Kitten, Very Soon We Will See How Much It Changes After Giving It A Touch Of Love

I Have Rescued This Kitten, Very Soon We Will See How Much It Changes After Giving It A Touch Of Love

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#23

My New Ham, Molly, Living Lavishly In Her 75 Gallon Tank

My New Ham, Molly, Living Lavishly In Her 75 Gallon Tank

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#24

Adopted This Guy Today But He Came Home With No Pants

Adopted This Guy Today But He Came Home With No Pants

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#25

Officially Foster Fails- We Adopted These Voids Today

Officially Foster Fails- We Adopted These Voids Today

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#26

A Week Ago We Brought Him Home. He Just Discovered The Toy Stash And Tuckered Himself Out

A Week Ago We Brought Him Home. He Just Discovered The Toy Stash And Tuckered Himself Out

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#27

Never Had A Black Cat Before And I Am Utterly Obsessed After Adopting This Qt From The Shelter

Never Had A Black Cat Before And I Am Utterly Obsessed After Adopting This Qt From The Shelter

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#28

This Is Cookie A Farel Kitten My Wife Brought Home

This Is Cookie A Farel Kitten My Wife Brought Home

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#29

Adopted This 12 Year Old Baby Last Week

Adopted This 12 Year Old Baby Last Week

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#30

Welcome My New Rescue, Hobbes

Welcome My New Rescue, Hobbes

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No better fitting name exists. Would be extra fitting if your name is Calvin.

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Say Hello To My Adopted Kitten Mishka

Say Hello To My Adopted Kitten Mishka

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Woah, I had a Mishka back in the 90s, she was a Russian Blue, sadly run over by a car after she snuck out one morning, broke my heart.

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This Kitty's Reaction When I Went To Go Finalize The Adoption & Pick Her Up

This Kitty's Reaction When I Went To Go Finalize The Adoption & Pick Her Up

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I’ve Wanted A Dog For So Long, But Could Never Find The Right Time. Yesterday, We Adopted The Sweetest Pup And I Couldn’t Be More Excited. Meet Ruthie!

I’ve Wanted A Dog For So Long, But Could Never Find The Right Time. Yesterday, We Adopted The Sweetest Pup And I Couldn’t Be More Excited. Meet Ruthie!

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#36

Picked Her Up On Thursday And She’s Already The Boss. Say Hello To Sarafina Aka Queen Sarafina 🥰

Picked Her Up On Thursday And She’s Already The Boss. Say Hello To Sarafina Aka Queen Sarafina 🥰

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#37

My Kitty Asleep With My New Kitten

My Kitty Asleep With My New Kitten

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#38

Rescued This Sweet Girl Today!

Rescued This Sweet Girl Today!

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#39

Adopted My First Cat Yesterday. Spock Says Hello!

Adopted My First Cat Yesterday. Spock Says Hello!

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7 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BTW - fun fact - one ear of Spock's ears is tipped/clipped like that as that generally indicates a "TNR" cat - "trap, neuter, return/release" - meaning Spock was likely a member of a feral/stray cat colony. Some (wonderful) people sometimes volunteer to help take care of local colonies of stray cats - they humanely trap the kitties and get them vet care, get them spayed/neutered, get them vaccinated, and fixed up if they have any health issues. Then the kitty is released back to their colony - as it has been their home and family their entire lives. If the cat is young and/or friendly, they are adopted out! But usually a "tipped" ear indicates a TNR "graduate"! :D

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Me And My Roommate Adopted Two Little Voids. Now We Have 3 Lol

Me And My Roommate Adopted Two Little Voids. Now We Have 3 Lol

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#41

Our Rescue Kitten Is Doing So Well! We Love Her!

Our Rescue Kitten Is Doing So Well! We Love Her!

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#42

Got Stella A New Friend. She Still Doesn't Know Quite What To Do With Her

Got Stella A New Friend. She Still Doesn't Know Quite What To Do With Her

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Got My Own Dog For The First Time In 20 Years. Meet Miss Lorie, A Rescued Blue Heeler!

Got My Own Dog For The First Time In 20 Years. Meet Miss Lorie, A Rescued Blue Heeler!

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Blue heelers are the greatest dogs! I've had several. 15/10 would recommend.

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(Oc) For Chaucer's 8th Birthday, She Received Some Siblings. She Was Not Happy

(Oc) For Chaucer's 8th Birthday, She Received Some Siblings. She Was Not Happy

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#45

My Cat Was Lonely And Wanted A Friend. That Friend Is Callie

My Cat Was Lonely And Wanted A Friend. That Friend Is Callie

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#46

Wanted To Show Off My First Ever Cat

Wanted To Show Off My First Ever Cat

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#47

Adopted Her A Week Ago From The Shelter. Finally Got Couch Snugs. 🥲

Adopted Her A Week Ago From The Shelter. Finally Got Couch Snugs. 🥲

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Adopted My First Kitty Yesterday And Can’t Settle On A Name For Him Yet… Any Suggestions?

Adopted My First Kitty Yesterday And Can’t Settle On A Name For Him Yet… Any Suggestions?

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Me And My Boyfriend Got A Cat Today! Meet Zoe

Me And My Boyfriend Got A Cat Today! Meet Zoe

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