These days, more people than ever are turning to their local animal shelter when they’re ready to welcome a new family member into their home, and why wouldn’t you? Not only can you provide a home for an animal who may have come from a difficult situation like being orphaned, but you also help the pet shelter so they have space and funds to keep providing important services like spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and getting more abandoned animals off the streets and introduced to willing adopters.

If you're still not convinced, let's look at the testimonials from the adorable pets themselves! Here are some pictures of rescue animals who haven’t known their new families for long, but are already pretty sure they’re going to fit in just fine.

#1

The Time I Rescued A Crying Kitten Outside My Cat Cuddled Her

The Time I Rescued A Crying Kitten Outside My Cat Cuddled Her

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Marc
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5 months ago

Looks like the kitten has been cleaned properly too. Just like it should be!

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#2

My Rescue Cat Assuring My Recently Adopted Pup That She Will Be All Right And Is Now In A Home Full Of Love

My Rescue Cat Assuring My Recently Adopted Pup That She Will Be All Right And Is Now In A Home Full Of Love

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Iris
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5 months ago

What a beautiful picture ❤❤

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#3

My Friend Just Texted "Adopted A Dog Yesterday" With This Pic

My Friend Just Texted "Adopted A Dog Yesterday" With This Pic

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

He has the same pattern on his beard as the dog does on its chest! They make a good pair!

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Why do some new pet parents say that they planned to adopt one kitten, but ended up with two? It turns out that the reason why so many animal shelters push taking home a pair of kittens and even incentivize it with adoption deals is because two kittens really are better than one⁠—for the kittens themselves, your home, and everyone in it.

According to cat welfare educator Hannah Shaw, who specializes in kitten care and is known for her popular Youtube channel Kitten Lady, kittens that grow up with playmates are better-behaved. First of all, having two makes them less likely to get bored and turn to destructive behavior to entertain themselves, and also importantly, they learn not to play too roughly by testing boundaries with another kitten, rather than your hands.

You may think this only applies if you would be bringing your new kitten into an empty house, but even if you already have one cat, your older cat will thank you for getting two kittens who can keep each other company.

#4

We Adopted An 11-Year Old Cat From A Chicago Shelter. He And My 13-Yo Daughter Fell In Love. This Is Them After She Got Back From A Week At Camp

We Adopted An 11-Year Old Cat From A Chicago Shelter. He And My 13-Yo Daughter Fell In Love. This Is Them After She Got Back From A Week At Camp

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TUBLOVER3
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5 months ago

What a perfect fit !

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#5

Today, I Adopted Two 8 Week Old Kittens Who Are Brothers. I Originally Applied For One But When I Got The Call About Being Accepted To Adopt, I Was Asked If I Wanted To Adopt The Brothers Together Because The People Adopting His Brother Backed Out. Meet Kingston And Derby!

Today, I Adopted Two 8 Week Old Kittens Who Are Brothers. I Originally Applied For One But When I Got The Call About Being Accepted To Adopt, I Was Asked If I Wanted To Adopt The Brothers Together Because The People Adopting His Brother Backed Out. Meet Kingston And Derby!

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Kept the brothers together. Good man!

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#6

Rescued Him From The Streets. Vet Visit Was Great Despite Skin Issues

Rescued Him From The Streets. Vet Visit Was Great Despite Skin Issues

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deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

I love the way they are looking at each other.

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#7

The Way Our New Puppy Looked At Me The Whole Ride To Her New Home Melted My Heart

The Way Our New Puppy Looked At Me The Whole Ride To Her New Home Melted My Heart

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loubie
Community Member
5 months ago

That is dog for thank you ? Awww

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#8

Adopted Him Last Week From A Shelter. I Think He's Happy About It

Adopted Him Last Week From A Shelter. I Think He's Happy About It

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Aawww!!!!

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#9

Jubilee Got Adopted!!!

Jubilee Got Adopted!!!

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Iris
Community Member
5 months ago

That is good news 😊

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#10

This Is Ruger. We Rescued Him In August. He Was Found In A Box On The Side Of The Road. No Fault Of His Own. This Poor Boy Would Have Died. I Can't Even Think Of It Without Crying. He Is Now One Of Our Children And Will Never Go Anywhere Else.

This Is Ruger. We Rescued Him In August. He Was Found In A Box On The Side Of The Road. No Fault Of His Own. This Poor Boy Would Have Died. I Can't Even Think Of It Without Crying. He Is Now One Of Our Children And Will Never Go Anywhere Else.

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deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

Thank you for saving him and that is terrible that someone left him on the side of the road.

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#11

Karen And Kevin. Adopt, Don’t Shop

Karen And Kevin. Adopt, Don’t Shop

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mummy pig
Community Member
5 months ago

Those eyes!!!

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#12

On Our Way Home From Adopting Her. Like Father Like Daughter.

On Our Way Home From Adopting Her. Like Father Like Daughter.

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Dorothea
Community Member
5 months ago

Who is this? The guy looks exactly like my BF but its not him xD who is this doppleganger?

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#13

We Rescued A Terrified Australian Shepherd As A Friend For Our Dog. Now He Doesn't Leave His Side.

We Rescued A Terrified Australian Shepherd As A Friend For Our Dog. Now He Doesn't Leave His Side.

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

Cute cuddly friends!

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#14

I Adopted A Senior Cat. He's 11 Years Old And 19 Lbs. The Shelter Told Me He Is Skittish And It Would Be A Slow Intro. His Last Family Returned Him After 6 Months. He Is My Shadow- Woke Up At 4am To All 19 Lbs Sleeping On My Chest, Face An Inch Away From Mine. Goose Was Always Meant To Be Mine

I Adopted A Senior Cat. He's 11 Years Old And 19 Lbs. The Shelter Told Me He Is Skittish And It Would Be A Slow Intro. His Last Family Returned Him After 6 Months. He Is My Shadow- Woke Up At 4am To All 19 Lbs Sleeping On My Chest, Face An Inch Away From Mine. Goose Was Always Meant To Be Mine

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Marc
Community Member
5 months ago

Many thanks for saving an older cat! Seniors can be really great and usually know how to behave, are extremely cuddly and otherwise quiet companions. I love older cats and would be happy if more people would adopt seniors. They also deserve a loving home!

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#15

Adopted This Guy A Week Ago. Was Scared Of Everything, But Decided To Trust Me. Four Days Later, And He Is A Very Good Boy With His Very First Own Squeaky Toy

Adopted This Guy A Week Ago. Was Scared Of Everything, But Decided To Trust Me. Four Days Later, And He Is A Very Good Boy With His Very First Own Squeaky Toy

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful puppy!

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#16

Adopted This Sweet Boy Yesterday And Couldn’t Be Happier! His Name Is Moose.

Adopted This Sweet Boy Yesterday And Couldn’t Be Happier! His Name Is Moose.

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Hi Moose!

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#17

Just Rescued This Puppy From The Streets. That Is It First Nap After A Shower And Food

Just Rescued This Puppy From The Streets. That Is It First Nap After A Shower And Food

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
5 months ago

Which one got the shower and food? Nice picture

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#18

We Rescued Him At Just A Couple Weeks Old And Now He Thinks I’m His Momma, He’s My Paracat

We Rescued Him At Just A Couple Weeks Old And Now He Thinks I’m His Momma, He’s My Paracat

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
5 months ago

Very cute. And I like the kitten too :D

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#19

First Time Cat Owner. I Used To Think I Was A Dog Person, But I Think I May Have Been Wrong

First Time Cat Owner. I Used To Think I Was A Dog Person, But I Think I May Have Been Wrong

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FloC
Community Member
5 months ago

You can be both !

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#20

Our Family Applied To Adopt This Little One Today. Hoping All Goes Well

Our Family Applied To Adopt This Little One Today. Hoping All Goes Well

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Sly Cooper
Community Member
5 months ago

With that face, it can only go well :)

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#21

Adopted This Little Croissant Today

Adopted This Little Croissant Today

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome picture!

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#22

Recently Visited A College Friend And He Adopted These Adorable Kitties, Brother And Sister. Meet Lucifer And Lillith!

Recently Visited A College Friend And He Adopted These Adorable Kitties, Brother And Sister. Meet Lucifer And Lillith!

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deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

We are siamese, if you please.

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#23

Trapped This Feral Kitten At Work To Save It From The Exterminator. Now She Has A Great Home And I’ve Got A Great Kitten! Everybody Wins!

Trapped This Feral Kitten At Work To Save It From The Exterminator. Now She Has A Great Home And I’ve Got A Great Kitten! Everybody Wins!

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Juliet Ware
Community Member
5 months ago

Thank you xxx

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#24

When I Rescued Icarus, I Was Hoping He Would Like Me, And I Hoped He Was A Cuddle Bug. I Think I Got My Wish. Pupper Is Out Cold

When I Rescued Icarus, I Was Hoping He Would Like Me, And I Hoped He Was A Cuddle Bug. I Think I Got My Wish. Pupper Is Out Cold

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s one happy pup!

Gregg V
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks as stoned as you. He just crashed earlier!

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Rebecca Page
Community Member
5 months ago

Hes a pittie! Of course he is a love bug and a snuggler. Good rescue!

Linda Galli
Community Member
5 months ago

What a smile

Clarebear
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of my pitty Penelope. She is such a cuddle bug and she knows NOTHING about personal space whatsoever. lol

Susanna Scott
Community Member
5 months ago

Those adorable toofers!

Grace Marraffa
Community Member
5 months ago

I love his lil toothy smile

Patti Vecchiarelli
Community Member
3 months ago

Love his smile, a very happy dog.❤️

Shari Krane
Community Member
3 months ago

Awwww my rescue pit is the same I can tell you’re a good person with a big heart I hate that pits get a bad rap it’s the owner not the dog my baby girl Apple was severely abused and she is now just a freaking lapdog I have two cats boys she was here first my pit Apple she’s so good to them She never jumps barks or bites I can read good energy from you and that’s why you have such a beautiful and sweet looking pit❣️

Ethan Collard
Community Member
5 months ago

that smile though!

Jude Weber
Community Member
5 months ago

I literally burst out laughing after reading your comment, then looking at the photo. What a big BABY!!! How could you NOT LOVE a face like that! Love it!

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
5 months ago

Aw cute, Pitbulls always look like they're smiling, how could they be scary?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep, he likes you allright

Molly Kennington
Community Member
5 months ago

That is the BEST. photo.ever!

Claudia Lorenz
Community Member
5 months ago

Great name! Watch that sun, though.

Helga Maria Szameit
Community Member
5 months ago

Sweet funny face, I think you'll be happy together! <3 <3

Guinny
Community Member
5 months ago

Seal pupper

Gina Trojano
Community Member
5 months ago

💗🐶💗

Bruce Thornton
Community Member
5 months ago

One of my dog's name is Icarus. I adopted him and his brother, Igor, from the ASPCA.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

Blissful.

Amy Pontious
Community Member
2 months ago

What a smile he's in love!

Ria Moncada
Community Member
4 months ago

Adorable Pit, and a Happy one at that!! Congrats to both of you !!

Melinda Shriver
Community Member
4 months ago

So precious🐾♥️

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
4 months ago

Wishes can come true !!!

Sherri Anderson
Community Member
4 months ago

Love that smile while he is sleeping, he is a happy happy pup, congratulations

Vicki Wizard
Community Member
4 months ago

whatever he's dreaming is bringing on that beautiful smile from this doggo!!

Jill Emburey
Community Member
4 months ago

Awww! That's complete trust in you 🥰

Sunzilla
Community Member
4 months ago

That dog looks high! 😁

Faith Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

Awwww ❣ hes smiling in his sleep ♡

Smiley Rie
Community Member
4 months ago

When they smile in their sleep, you know they’re happy to the bone

nala simba
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice smile!

Michelle Wilhelm
Community Member
4 months ago

THAT is a smile.

Sharon Ball
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice smile

Annasue Marczynski
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a Pittie, you couldn't go wrong!

Skylaire Alfvegren
Community Member
4 months ago

This photo is what scrolling on the internet was made for... thank you. Happy boy.

LM Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

Out cold and content.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like he snores !!!

Cathy Proctor
Community Member
5 months ago

So sweet

Jane Watts Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

he is adorable xx

Angel
Community Member
5 months ago

Teef!!!

Donna Lucille
Community Member
5 months ago

Dreams of playing fetch with his new daddy!

Bonnie Sweitzer
Community Member
5 months ago

Happy days !

Dichele Schartel
Community Member
5 months ago

Pitties are the best. I favor the breed.

nala simba
Community Member
5 months ago

Those teeth!

David Aaron
Community Member
5 months ago

Prescious!

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

He likes you, he is smiling

laurie broome
Community Member
5 months ago

What a baby

Kathy Walsh
Community Member
5 months ago

love the doggy smile

Linda Clements
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh yea he is happy! Just look at that smile!

David Aaron
Community Member
5 months ago

Ptec

David Aaron
Community Member
5 months ago

Prescious soul?

Mary Ann Snow
Community Member
5 months ago

SQUEEEE! He is SO cute!

Samantha Hamilton
Community Member
5 months ago

Pitties have the most amazing smiles!

Samantha Hamilton
Community Member
5 months ago

Pitties have the most amazing smiles

Mello
Community Member
5 months ago

🐶happy face!!

Morag Irving
Community Member
5 months ago

That is just adorable.

Marie Hoover
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, hurrah for love!

Gina Bina
Community Member
5 months ago

that smile!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

THE BEST!

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#25

Meet Luna Lovefood Our Adopted Fur Baby. Yes, That Is A Wild Mouse On Her Head.

Meet Luna Lovefood Our Adopted Fur Baby. Yes, That Is A Wild Mouse On Her Head.

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deanna woods
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5 months ago

That sounds like something Luna would have on her head.

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#26

Tell Me The Story Of How I Was Rescued Again

Tell Me The Story Of How I Was Rescued Again

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Look at the love beaming out of that precious face ❤️

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#27

My Friend Adopted This Sweet Baby And I Think You All Needed To See It

My Friend Adopted This Sweet Baby And I Think You All Needed To See It

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
5 months ago

Cuteness overload.

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#28

Best Friends Since Yesterday

Best Friends Since Yesterday

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Rissie
Community Member
5 months ago

They are too sweet together :)

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#29

This Is Wednesday, The Rescue Kitten With Only One Eye

This Is Wednesday, The Rescue Kitten With Only One Eye

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Don Golosso
Community Member
5 months ago

I always find it extra heartwarming when a kitty with any kind of disability gets rescued. So thank you for rescuing Wednesday.

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#30

Suki Was In Care For 8 Years Before I Adopted Her, And I Couldn’t Love This Little Goblin More.

Suki Was In Care For 8 Years Before I Adopted Her, And I Couldn’t Love This Little Goblin More.

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful!!

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#31

Welcome Mr Tiggs My Wife Adopted Him As His Previous Owner Wanted Him Gone. Mr Tiggs Has Made Himself Feel Quite At Home On My Bed

Welcome Mr Tiggs My Wife Adopted Him As His Previous Owner Wanted Him Gone. Mr Tiggs Has Made Himself Feel Quite At Home On My Bed

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Don Golosso
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5 months ago

That's not your bed, not anymore!

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#32

Rescued Two Kittens From Different Litters & Caught This Moment Just Two Days After Bringing Them Home. We Stopped Worrying If They Would Bond Or Not After That. Fozzy (Orange) & Arthur (Grey) Been Inseparable Since!

Rescued Two Kittens From Different Litters & Caught This Moment Just Two Days After Bringing Them Home. We Stopped Worrying If They Would Bond Or Not After That. Fozzy (Orange) & Arthur (Grey) Been Inseparable Since!

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Pamela24
Community Member
5 months ago

You got lucky! :D The very-much-loved idiots that live in our house have been fighting for the past five years they've known each other (separate apartments but they share the hall and garden). I wish they were this smart.

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#33

First Walk With Our Rescue Named “Beau”

First Walk With Our Rescue Named “Beau”

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anita marx
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a "Beau", definitely! Looks straight to the heart.

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#34

We Adopted This Gorgeous (Albeit, Grumpy) 15 Year Old Girl Today. Previous Owners Could No Longer Take Care Of Her. Here She Is Settling Into Her New Forever Home!

We Adopted This Gorgeous (Albeit, Grumpy) 15 Year Old Girl Today. Previous Owners Could No Longer Take Care Of Her. Here She Is Settling Into Her New Forever Home!

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Debby B
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5 months ago

My cat has the grumpy look too, but he’s a love bug 😊

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#35

Meet Butters. Yesterday He Was A Tough Street Kitten. Today He's The Proud Owner Of A Queen Size Bed

Meet Butters. Yesterday He Was A Tough Street Kitten. Today He's The Proud Owner Of A Queen Size Bed

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Debby B
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol!

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#36

Grandma Got A New Bestfriend. "He Chose Me."

Grandma Got A New Bestfriend. "He Chose Me."

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loubie
Community Member
5 months ago

That is so sweet oh my < 3

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#37

Our Newest Little Family Member. Meet Jack!

Our Newest Little Family Member. Meet Jack!

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Don Golosso
Community Member
5 months ago

The joy coming from his expression is great!

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#38

I Almost Adopted Just One Of These Girls But My Daughter Asked For Both. I’m So Glad I Indulged Her

I Almost Adopted Just One Of These Girls But My Daughter Asked For Both. I’m So Glad I Indulged Her

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Debby B
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5 months ago

Is there anything sweeter than cats sleeping together??

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#39

We Saw This Pic, And 3 Hours Later Adopted Jonah The Bunny!!

We Saw This Pic, And 3 Hours Later Adopted Jonah The Bunny!!

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

Few families are fortunate enough to have a real live cartoon character.

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#40

Meet Our Witchy Girl Wynne! We’re So Glad She Chose Us To Be Her Forever Home

Meet Our Witchy Girl Wynne! We’re So Glad She Chose Us To Be Her Forever Home

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Don Golosso
Community Member
5 months ago

What a beautiful girl!

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