It's estimated that 625,000 adoptable dogs and cats were euthanized in the United States in 2019. There are simply too many animals coming into shelters and too few people considering adoption when looking for a pet.

But this gruesome number could be reduced dramatically. All it would take is two things: more responsible pet owners so that fewer critters end up in shelters in the first place and more people adopting pets instead of buying them.

When you adopt, you not only get a friend for life but you also open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it. Continuing our tradition, we at Bored Panda scrolled through the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption and hand-picked the most wholesome photos that were uploaded this month, showing adorable animals enjoying their second chance at life.

If you're done with the selection but your heart craves more, check out our earlier rescue pet compilations: December, November, October.

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The Shelter Made A Rule That These Siblings Had To Be Adopted Together Because They Were Inseparable. They Sleep Like This Every Night

The Shelter Made A Rule That These Siblings Had To Be Adopted Together Because They Were Inseparable. They Sleep Like This Every Night

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5 months ago

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Owning a companion animal such as a dog or a cat has benefits for good mental health, and has really helped people during the pandemic. After all, interactions with animals may help with depression and anxiety, particularly under stress-prone conditions (human-animal interactions may even improve peer-to-peer social relationships as well as enhance feelings of respect, trust, and empathy between people).

However, some researchers have been worrying that a dramatic increase in dog abandonment could potentially occur due to COVID-19 related health, economic, and social stresses as well as due to inconclusive reports of companion animals being potential COVID-19 carriers.

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Adopted A Cat But Left Her Brother So I Had To Go Back A Few Days Later And Get Him Too

Adopted A Cat But Left Her Brother So I Had To Go Back A Few Days Later And Get Him Too

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5 months ago

Two fluffy voids with eyes

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But one study found that the stricter the social isolation became during the COVID-19 pandemic, the greater the interest in dog adoption. It concluded that the adoption rate increased significantly, while dog abandonment did not change. Moreover, there was a clear association between individual's quality of life and their perception of their dog’s quality of life and behavior—as humans and dogs are both social animals, these findings suggest that human-dog relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic have only gotten stronger.

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This My New Pupper Sanoi! She’s About 14 Weeks Old And Can’t Figure Out What To Do With Her Ears

This My New Pupper Sanoi! She’s About 14 Weeks Old And Can’t Figure Out What To Do With Her Ears

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5 months ago

😍😍😍

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Public Relations Manager at Best Friends Animal Society, Temma Martin, said there is now a silver lining when it comes to pets in shelters. "People have stepped up like never before to adopt and foster, both for Best Friends and for shelters across the country," Martin told Bored Panda.

"Shelters and rescue groups adapted quickly to continue saving lives through virtual adoptions, and many shelters report even greater success with virtual adoptions than traditional ones because pets show far better in foster homes than they do in kennels or cages. This offers adopters a chance to meet a dog or cat virtually, in a home or on a couch rather than in a shelter environment, and to see their true personality shine in a foster home."

#4

Just Thought I’d Share My Blind Rescue Being Her Adorable Self

Just Thought I’d Share My Blind Rescue Being Her Adorable Self

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5 months ago

Bleep bleep

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According to Martin, foster parents also have more first-hand knowledge of the animals and are able to participate directly in the virtual adoption process, sharing with potential adopters how the pets get along with other animals and family members, and their individual likes and dislikes, quirks, skills, and behaviors. 

"For example, looking just at numbers from Best Friends' Lifesaving Center in Salt Lake City as an example, in 2020, through late December, nearly 5,000 animals were placed in foster homes, and 3,050 were adopted, compared to 2,740 foster placements and 2,514 adoptions in 2019."

The good news is that these figures represent a broader situation as well. Martin highlighted that nationally, a remarkable number of COVID-19 cats and pandemic pups have been adopted from shelters and rescue groups since the virus took over our world. "According to shelter pet data sources, Shelter Animals Count and PetPoint, which receive shelter intake and outcome data from thousands of shelters across the country, at least a million pets have been adopted over the last eight months, and tens of thousands more are currently in foster homes." 

#5

Was Hesitant When The Shelter Said We Had To Get Two, Think I Understand Why Now

Was Hesitant When The Shelter Said We Had To Get Two, Think I Understand Why Now

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5 months ago

My heart melted

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"It's not surprising that so many people are looking to acquire a pet amid the [pandemic]," Martin added. "During this difficult time, our pets serve as companions, provide emotional support, help us cope with social isolation and—in the case of dogs—get us outside for exercise and fresh air."

This is also a fantastic time to adopt because pets are just good for us. "Numerous studies have determined that the presence of pets is beneficial for our physical and mental health. The companionship of animals has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lessen depression and anxiety, helping people to feel calmer and more secure when the news from the outside world is distressing."

#6

Rescued Tiny Dog. No More Worries Little Guy. You Will Forever Be Warm Now

Rescued Tiny Dog. No More Worries Little Guy. You Will Forever Be Warm Now

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Saoznei
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5 months ago

Oh, what an expression 💔

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If you too have both the desire and the possibility to get a companion animal, Best Friends Animal Society encourages you to choose the adoption option by taking in a homeless pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group, rather than buying from a breeder, pet store or online retailer. 

While there are many benefits of adopting, one of the most important is knowing that you’re saving a life. Purebreds, mutts, and cats—animals of all tails and paws lose their homes due to issues that are no fault of their own, like financial crisis, divorce, or a death in the family. 

"These pets are waiting in shelters and rescue groups for someone to fall in love with them and take them home," Martin said. "Adopted pets seem to know that they have been given a second chance, and they are most likely to repay their families with a lifetime of unconditional love. Adopters often express that their shelter and rescue pets show a dedication, love, and loyalty to their people that pets acquired from other sources simply can't rival."

#7

My Boyfriend Said Belle's Different Colored Eyes Creeped Him Out When We Adopted Her, But I Think They Are Beautiful

My Boyfriend Said Belle's Different Colored Eyes Creeped Him Out When We Adopted Her, But I Think They Are Beautiful

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varwenea
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5 months ago

They are stunning!

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#8

My Grandparents Adopted A Kitten And They Sent Me This Pic In The Mail

My Grandparents Adopted A Kitten And They Sent Me This Pic In The Mail

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varwenea
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5 months ago

Sent it in the mail. Hehe. Love it.

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#9

How Our Rescue Pup Looks At My Husband

How Our Rescue Pup Looks At My Husband

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Iggy
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5 months ago

I think it's mutual!

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#10

We Adopted Two Kitties Last Week. We Got Them Home And Notice One Of Them Is Covered In Hearts. Seven And Counting. Here’s River, King Of Hearts

We Adopted Two Kitties Last Week. We Got Them Home And Notice One Of Them Is Covered In Hearts. Seven And Counting. Here’s River, King Of Hearts

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

He's full of love!

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#11

My Wife And I Adopted Our First Dog Two Weeks Ago. Shelter Said He Was Skittish And Would Take A Long Time To Feel Safe And Comfortable With Us. That Has Not Been The Case At All. Wallace Is The Best, Derpiest Boy. He Definitely Feels At Home With Us

My Wife And I Adopted Our First Dog Two Weeks Ago. Shelter Said He Was Skittish And Would Take A Long Time To Feel Safe And Comfortable With Us. That Has Not Been The Case At All. Wallace Is The Best, Derpiest Boy. He Definitely Feels At Home With Us

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Rhon
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5 months ago

That face is the face of relief and confidence in his safety. Beautiful

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#12

Louis The Blind Dog Got Adopted Today!

Louis The Blind Dog Got Adopted Today!

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Marc
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5 months ago

So happy for Louis!

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#13

Everyone Say Hello To My Newly Adopted German Shepherd Tyson. Happiest Day Of My Life. In Our Culture, We Put A Flower Necklace As A Token Of Welcome

Everyone Say Hello To My Newly Adopted German Shepherd Tyson. Happiest Day Of My Life. In Our Culture, We Put A Flower Necklace As A Token Of Welcome

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

He looks dashing!

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#14

I Adopted A Cat. He Is Currently Judging Your Life Choices

I Adopted A Cat. He Is Currently Judging Your Life Choices

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Canadian in Cornwall
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5 months ago

he's sure got cattitude!

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#15

Meet Our Mochi. We Found Her Inside A Tree At A Turkish Market. Tonight She Sleeps With Heating For The First Time

Meet Our Mochi. We Found Her Inside A Tree At A Turkish Market. Tonight She Sleeps With Heating For The First Time

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varwenea
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5 months ago

Adorable.

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#16

Our Foster Puppy When We Told Her We Were Adopting Her

Our Foster Puppy When We Told Her We Were Adopting Her

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Aaron Kara
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5 months ago

Little one knows he's in for a bowl of grub and good night's sleep

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#17

Shelter Dog Is So Excited For His Adoption

Shelter Dog Is So Excited For His Adoption

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Liz the Wanderer
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5 months ago

Awesome!!

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#18

We May Have Adopted A Tiny Snow Leopard

We May Have Adopted A Tiny Snow Leopard

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5 months ago

OHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD THE CUTEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!

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#19

We Got A Puppy This Week From A Street Dog Rescue In Guadalajara. Meet Donatella!

We Got A Puppy This Week From A Street Dog Rescue In Guadalajara. Meet Donatella!

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Zlaxcat Youtube
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5 months ago

Donatella is the cutest pup that I have ever seen.

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#20

My Friends Adopted A New Puppy. Don’t Let The Poker Face Fool You; He’s Overjoyed

My Friends Adopted A New Puppy. Don’t Let The Poker Face Fool You; He’s Overjoyed

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Mia
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5 months ago

Too funny!

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#21

Wife Heard Meowing In The Bushes At The Gas Station. And Found. Lionel. Say Hi To The Newest Addition To Our Family

Wife Heard Meowing In The Bushes At The Gas Station. And Found. Lionel. Say Hi To The Newest Addition To Our Family

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

He's a cutie!

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#22

Rescued Her From Snow

Rescued Her From Snow

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Zlaxcat Youtube
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5 months ago

Such sweet eyes!

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#23

Today We Adopted Toby, He Has Been In The Shelter For Nearly 6 Years. We Plan On Being His Furever Home!

Today We Adopted Toby, He Has Been In The Shelter For Nearly 6 Years. We Plan On Being His Furever Home!

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Marc
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5 months ago

It saddens my heart to see animals in the shelter for that long. They all deserve a real home. Glad this one got lucky!

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#24

This Is Toby. I Found Him At Work Under Some Pallets During A Heavy Rain Storm. I Sat In The Rain For 40 Minutes To Gain His Trust To Come Out And Now He’s Home Safe And Happy

This Is Toby. I Found Him At Work Under Some Pallets During A Heavy Rain Storm. I Sat In The Rain For 40 Minutes To Gain His Trust To Come Out And Now He’s Home Safe And Happy

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RoseLinne
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5 months ago

Bless you for saving him!

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#25

Today My House Went From Zero Dogs To Eleven Dogs In The Span Of A Few Hours. Meet Emmy Lou And Her Pile Of 10 One Week-Old Puppies. Fostering Ftw!

Today My House Went From Zero Dogs To Eleven Dogs In The Span Of A Few Hours. Meet Emmy Lou And Her Pile Of 10 One Week-Old Puppies. Fostering Ftw!

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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5 months ago

PUPPY PILE!!

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#26

Salem Joined Our Family Yesterday. People Seem To Like Her Ears

Salem Joined Our Family Yesterday. People Seem To Like Her Ears

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5 months ago

Dobby!

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#27

Rescued A 2 Year Old Doberman Today To Join My 3 Year Old Rescue Boxer. So Basically, Now I Have 2 Sets Of Disappointed Eyes That Would Like To Know Where I've Been And Why I Ever Thought It Was Ok To Leave The House!

Rescued A 2 Year Old Doberman Today To Join My 3 Year Old Rescue Boxer. So Basically, Now I Have 2 Sets Of Disappointed Eyes That Would Like To Know Where I've Been And Why I Ever Thought It Was Ok To Leave The House!

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Liz the Wanderer
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5 months ago

Such an adorable pair!

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#28

The Look Of This Cute Pittie After Being Rescued

The Look Of This Cute Pittie After Being Rescued

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Gina Babe
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5 months ago

I can't get enough of this pic. Nothing short of pure adoration!

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#29

My Girlfriend And I Adopted A Senior Pitbull Mix That Wasn't Getting Too Much Interest At The Shelter. We Don't See Why, Because She Is A 57lbs Brick Of Love And Affection. Meet Tika

My Girlfriend And I Adopted A Senior Pitbull Mix That Wasn't Getting Too Much Interest At The Shelter. We Don't See Why, Because She Is A 57lbs Brick Of Love And Affection. Meet Tika

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Mia
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5 months ago

She is beautiful! Bless your hearts

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#30

We May Have Adopted A Large Frog

We May Have Adopted A Large Frog

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

Aaaaaaaand stretch!

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#31

Tried To Adopt One Loaf, Ended Up With Twin Loaves

Tried To Adopt One Loaf, Ended Up With Twin Loaves

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

Two is always better than one!

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#32

Adopted This Polite Boy

Adopted This Polite Boy

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Natalia
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5 months ago

He is paying some attention..

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#33

Heard Crying In Our Backyard Friday Night And We Found Her

Heard Crying In Our Backyard Friday Night And We Found Her

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Mia
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5 months ago

Cats just know which house and which humans will love them!!

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#34

This Is Tuna. Our New Member Of The Family

This Is Tuna. Our New Member Of The Family

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Mike Rodrick
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5 months ago

He seems to like you!

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#35

I Rescued A Kitten During The Lockdown... And She Ended Up Rescuing Me

I Rescued A Kitten During The Lockdown... And She Ended Up Rescuing Me

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Boopie Dew
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5 months ago

That's usually how a rescue works. Highly beneficial for both!!

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#36

Just Adopted A Kitten And My Baby Girl Was Not Very Aware Of The New Member Of The Family. This Is When They Met

Just Adopted A Kitten And My Baby Girl Was Not Very Aware Of The New Member Of The Family. This Is When They Met

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Marc
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5 months ago

Curiosity in one picture!

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#37

Picked Up A Rescue In Alabama, He’s Been Sleeping On My Arm All The Way To Florida. He’s So Content

Picked Up A Rescue In Alabama, He’s Been Sleeping On My Arm All The Way To Florida. He’s So Content

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

Fur baby!

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#38

Meet Harlow! Adopted Yesterday And Already Working On Her Smile, It’s A Struggle Sometimes

Meet Harlow! Adopted Yesterday And Already Working On Her Smile, It’s A Struggle Sometimes

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Gina Babe
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5 months ago

Hahahaha I love it

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#39

Today We Rescued Him From Drain Hole, Gave Him A Sweet Name

Today We Rescued Him From Drain Hole, Gave Him A Sweet Name

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Marc
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5 months ago

Don't you dare say anything about my teef.

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#40

Adopted This Boy On The Spot Today. His Name Is Stevie Wonder And He’s A Blind Cat Who Loves To Be Held And Scream

Adopted This Boy On The Spot Today. His Name Is Stevie Wonder And He’s A Blind Cat Who Loves To Be Held And Scream

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Liz the Wanderer
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5 months ago

A blind cat should have a sibling to act as seeing eye cat!

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#41

My New-To-Me Rare Pupper, Jak-Jak! Just Brought This Sweet 12 Year Old Lab Home And He Is Already My Everything!

My New-To-Me Rare Pupper, Jak-Jak! Just Brought This Sweet 12 Year Old Lab Home And He Is Already My Everything!

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Mia
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5 months ago

Yay!! We love senior adopters!

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#42

My New Adopted Rescue Pup: Sunnymae!

My New Adopted Rescue Pup: Sunnymae!

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Zei Kiljoy
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5 months ago

Oh my stars this puppy is beautiful!

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#43

This Is Mia. I Adopted Her Yesterday And We’re Ready To Go Into 2021 Together

This Is Mia. I Adopted Her Yesterday And We’re Ready To Go Into 2021 Together

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Brian J
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5 months ago

Beautiful dog

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#44

Do You Think She's Happy I Adopted Her?

Do You Think She's Happy I Adopted Her?

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5 months ago

Happy and sassy!

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#45

Half Lab Half Great Dane Rescue. Meet Ms Bailey

Half Lab Half Great Dane Rescue. Meet Ms Bailey

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5 months ago

She'll be that size for approx. 20 minutes if she's got Dane in her

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#46

I'm The Type Of Guy Who Never Wanted Cats, But I Promised My Girlfriend She'd Get One If She Moved To My Town... I'm Happy She Kept Me On My Promise. Meet Goku, My Buddy

I'm The Type Of Guy Who Never Wanted Cats, But I Promised My Girlfriend She'd Get One If She Moved To My Town... I'm Happy She Kept Me On My Promise. Meet Goku, My Buddy

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Julius Martin
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5 months ago

what arc is he currently in? have you adopted a vegeta?

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#47

3 Month Adoption Update: Certified Cuddle Bug

3 Month Adoption Update: Certified Cuddle Bug

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varwenea
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5 months ago

I love my huddle buddy too.

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#48

Adopted This Sweet 8 Y/O Named Bella! Wanted To Share Her Favorite Sleeping Position

Adopted This Sweet 8 Y/O Named Bella! Wanted To Share Her Favorite Sleeping Position

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

I'm a sucker for cats with socks! <3

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#49

My Wife And I Taking This Rescue Pup To His Forever Home

My Wife And I Taking This Rescue Pup To His Forever Home

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5 months ago

awww, the paws 😍

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#50

My Gorgeous Red Boy I Picked Up From The Shelter. Not Sure What Mix He Is

My Gorgeous Red Boy I Picked Up From The Shelter. Not Sure What Mix He Is

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

He looks like a kokoni, which is a greek breed :)

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