Another month, another set of wholesome pet adoption photos. Bored Panda has yet again collected some of the most heartwarming images of animals enjoying their new families and homes. We've got cats, dogs, even ferrets, and hens for you this time, all finding comfort after suffering abandonment.
Best Friends Animal Society estimates that 5.4 million cats and dogs entered US shelters in 2019 (52% of them were dogs and 48% were cats). 79% of these animals were saved. And while it breaks my heart that 625,000 cats and dogs were killed, we've come a long way since 2014, when as many as 4 million animals were killed in American shelters and the national save rate was just 50%. And we're not going to stop!
This Guy Got No Shows For 3 Different Adoption Days. When We Met He Climbed Right Into My Lap And I Fell In Love. Now He's My First Dog And Lifelong Best Friend. Meet Winston!
We Adopted This Cat And Now He Sits Like He Is About To Drop The Worst Dad Jokes Ever
One cute bundle of joy who landed on the list is Harvey, or Harvey The Magnificent as he is known online. He's a Mini Aussie and Rat Terrier mix, and his owner, Reddit user mightbedylan, describes the little guy as a handful. But in a good way! "He's a great puppy but that boy got some energy to burn off," they told Bored Panda.
"I don't know much [about his past] as he was actually just put up for adoption by one of my mom's neighbors. It was an older couple and they liked him a lot but said he played too rough and that they were running out of bandaids."
Harvey has been living with mightbedylan for about a month now. Luckily, they're getting along just great. "It took my cats a while to get used to him (and for him to figure out that cat tails aren't toys) but besides that, he seems happy! He spends most of his time chilling out on my patio. At least when he's not trying to gnaw my arm off," Harvey's owner joked. "He's a really sweet dog. My last doggy passed away back in February and I just got lonely without a doggo around. I live alone and cats tend to make boring roommates."
I Was Fostering This Goof When A Family Adopted Him. The Family Brought Him Back For Being "Too Large" So I Adopted Him. Welcome Home, Big Guy
Two Weeks Ago, I Adopted A Boy With The Saddest Face From A Nearby Shelter. He's Really Come Out Of His Shell In That Time, And Has Already Grown Attached To Me. Meet Tom Bombadog!
This Little Girl Decided To Break In Through Our Front Window Every Day For A Week And Adopt Us. It's Been A Month And No One's Claimed Her, So We Adopted Her Back
Jester is another pet whose photo ended up on this list. "He is, well, a goofball," Jester's owner, Reddit user Harding44, explained to Bored Panda. "He absolutely loves his big sister, Bella, and follows her around everywhere. He is super energetic and loves to play. He thinks he is a lap dog and always tries to lay his whole 70 pounds on you."
One of the reasons why Harding44 adopted Jester was because of how much he reminded them of their old dog. "He was so loving and silly. After just a few days, he was so protective of me. It didn't take me long to realize he belonged with me."
"He has been with me for about a month or so now. He settled in nicely and already feels so comfortable with my family and I. We are lucky to have him!"
"My roommates and I originally were fostering him," Harding44 added. "He was with us for a week before being adopted by someone else. They returned him to the shelter for being 'too large and hard to control.' I immediately took him and haven't looked back since!"
This Is My New Friend, Harvey! Took This Just Minutes After Adopting Him!
A Few Weeks Ago I Adopted A Puppy (Right) And Today A New Dog Appeared In Front Of The Door And He Looks Like He Is The Same Dog From The Future And He Is Trying To Warn Himself About Something
Say Hello To Our Retired Military Working Dog We Adopted. He Gets Toys For Life Now; Including The Biggest Tennis Balls He’s Ever Seen
Kelly DiCicco, Manager, Adoptions Promotions at the ASPCA Adoption Center told Bored Panda in an earlier interview that by adopting an animal in need – no matter the species, breed, or size – you are not only saving that animal's life but are freeing up valuable shelter space and resources for other animals who need a second chance in life too.
"A huge benefit of adopting animals from a shelter is that shelter staff know the animals well and can provide detailed information about an animal's history, medical needs, behavior, and temperament. They also consider a potential adopter's lifestyle, home environment, and the animal's potential compatibility with children and other animals in the home in order to make matches that are a good fit," DiCicco said.
I Adopted My First Ever Cat Last Month. I Was Nervous About It, But I Think She’s Found Her Home. Meet Blueberry
Yesterday, I Helped This Sweet Girl Get Adopted. Her Parents Sent Me This Photo Of Her In Their New Home
DiCicco encourages those who are seriously interested in taking home a new pet to keep an open mind and heart when visiting a shelter or rescue as they may walk out with a pet they'd never considered before, like a senior animal or even those of a different breed, size or species. "When it comes to choosing which pet to adopt, prospective adopters should feel comfortable asking plenty of questions and lean on shelter staff for guidance, as every shelter has a unique population of animals and no one knows them like the people who work with them every day," Kelly said.
"Plus, shelter staff have expertise in making successful matches and can help prospective adopters decide whether an animal is a good personality and lifestyle fit. They also consider each animal's background and energy level, as well as how the animal might get along with other people and pets in the home."
Harvey and Jester's cases are perfect examples of just how good these matches can be!
This Is Old Lady (Almost 18), Her Family Of 16 Years Gave Her To A Shelter Where She Lived For Almost A Year, Until We Adopted Her A Few Months Ago. Giving Her The Best Life Possible
Before And After Adoption. Meet Dixie
Just Adopted This Old Lady And I'm In Love. Sushi, 9 Years Old
Meet Van Gogh. Trying To Get Him To Pose For His Adoption Photo
Shelter Doggo With A Huge Smile Being Adopted
We Adopted Him Two Weeks Ago. This Is Their First Cuddle
We Adopted This Five Year Old Shelter Cat Last Week, I Adore Her And She Adores Us. Couldn't Ask For A Better Girl, Ily Rosie
Akali Was Returned To The Shelter By Her First Adopter, But Now I Have A Best Friend
Our Dog Adopted A Puppy
4 Day Old Kitten! Her Mama Disappeared, So I'm Bottle Feeding And Adopting Her
We Just Adopted This Beautiful Senior Lady And I'm So In Love With Her Already
I Adopted A Silly One
Recently Adopted A Stray Cat, Two Weeks Ago She Wouldn’t Be In The Same Room As A Human. Tonight, She Scratched At My Bedroom Door To Come In. No Touching Though!
Baxter Lived To Twice His Life Expectancy (8/16.5). I'm So Proud To Be His Rescue Mom. Love, Boop Snoots And Adopt!
I Adopted Two Special-Needs Kittens Separately. Today They Held Hands
I’m So Happy I Adopted This Boy
We Adopted A Corgi Two Weeks Ago. One Of Her Ears Just Popped Up Overnight!
After Fostering 4 Pups Over A Period Of 3 Mths, I’ve Decided To Adopt The 5th One! You’re Coming With Me Wherever I Go From Now On! Welcome To Your Forever Family, Haribo!
I Think The Ol’ Bastard Is Starting To Fall In Love With Me. We Adopted Him Last Month And He’s Just Now Getting Comfortable Enough For Some Attention
Wasn't Planning On Adopting A Kitten Until She Jumped Up On My Back. Libby Is All Mine Now
After Spending Most Of My Adult Life Living In Tiny Apartments, I Finally Moved Out Of The City And Was Able To Adopt This Happy Girl. Meet Grace!
Read Here Yesterday Black Cats Aren’t Adopted As Much As They Don’t Look As Good In Photos. Meet Morningstar
Meet Luna! We Adopted Her From A Local Shelter A Week Ago And All She Wants All Day (And Night) Long Is Belly Rubs
Adopted A Deaf Kitten, My Wife Picked Him Out Specifically For Those Amazing Eyes!
Adopted Baby Flora After She Was Found Left Outside An Elementary School. Who Could Ever Do Such A Thing After Seeing This Pretty Face?
I Adopted This Little Guy A Couple Of Weeks Ago. He’s Extremely Very Shy And Has Been Hiding Under My Bed Since Day One. I’m Happy To Finally See Him Out Enjoying The Sun—even Though I Had To Hide To Take This Picture. I’ll Win His Little Heart One Step At A Time!
I've Been Wanting To Adopt A Cat For Such A Long Time And I Finally Got The Chance To Do It. Here Is Kiki, My 3 Months Old Kitten!
Little Kratos Sleeping From The Excitement Of Adoption Day
After Waiting A Week For Our Adoption Appointment To Finally Come, My Kids Are Smiling As Much As This Happy Boy Is
Adopting A Second Cat Was The Best Decision. They Love Each Other!
This Little Aussie Tyke Was Adopted For My Mom. Can’t Wait To Introduce Her To The Rest Of The Family
Adopted This Sweetheart Yesterday: 65lb, 7 Months Old, Supersonic Hearing
The Kittens I Just Adopted
We Adopted The Smaller Kitty 3 Days Ago. They’ve Bonded So Quickly
Meet Sally. She’s 12 Weeks Old And We Just Adopted Her From A Rescue
Took About A Hundred Attempts To Get This But Here’s My Pupper Named Milo. Adopted 3 Weeks Ago
Two Days After Adoption And They’ve Already Settled In
My Girlfriend And I Adopted This Little Lady Today, Had Her For 4 Hours And She's Spent About Half Of It Purring Our Laps, And The Other Half Demanding Strokes. Meet Verity!
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