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 or abandoned, but you also help the shelter so they have space and funds to keep providing important services like spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and getting more animals off the streets and introduced to willing adopters.

If you're still not convinced, let's look at the testimonials from the animals 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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#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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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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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 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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#11

Karen And Kevin. Adopt, Don’t Shop

Karen And Kevin. Adopt, Don’t Shop

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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#21

Adopted This Little Croissant Today

Adopted This Little Croissant Today

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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#28

Best Friends Since Yesterday

Best Friends Since Yesterday

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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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#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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#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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#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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#33

First Walk With Our Rescue Named “Beau”

First Walk With Our Rescue Named “Beau”

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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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#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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#36

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

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

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#37

Our Newest Little Family Member. Meet Jack!

Our Newest Little Family Member. Meet Jack!

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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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#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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#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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