Adopting a pet is a big responsibility. But if you have the right conditions and do the homework, the rewards of saving an animal in need outweigh most concerns and fears surrounding it.

Every month, we at Bored Panda go through the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption and hand-pick adorable photos that show animals enjoying their second chance at life. Whether it will inspire you to get a pet, donate to a shelter, or simply make your day, it's a win-win. May 2021 was no exception.

Continue scrolling to check out what the subreddit has blessed us with this time, and when you're done, fire up our earlier posts for more heartwarming pics: April, March, February.

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My Foster Dog Had Never Been Indoors Before. This Is Her First Nap, On A Bed, In A Home

My Foster Dog Had Never Been Indoors Before. This Is Her First Nap, On A Bed, In A Home

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

This hurts me, for all she must have been through. Thank you a million times over.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, reports emerged that people began adopting animals in huge numbers. Cages were getting empty. But skeptics remained cautious whether the boom will produce any long-term results. They feared that once the isolation ends and governments ease restrictions, allowing their citizens to return to their normal lives, there will be a spike in pet returns. New findings, however, suggest otherwise.

Recently, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released new data from a nationally representative poll of 5,020 respondents. According to the numbers, close to one in five households acquired a cat or dog since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, which would account for approximately 23 million American households based on the 2019 U.S. Census.

"The vast majority of these households still have that pet in the home—90 percent for dogs and 85 percent for cats—and are not considering rehoming their pet in the near future," ASPCA told Bored Panda in a statement. "Despite alarmist headlines tied to regional reports of a surge in owner surrenders, this trend is not currently evident on a national level with many organizations simply seeing a return to pre-pandemic operations and intake."

#2

My Foster Kitten Is Part Domestic Shorthair, Part Vampire

My Foster Kitten Is Part Domestic Shorthair, Part Vampire

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Beyond wonderful.

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#3

Anytime Someone Asks To Adopt The Pups Separately I Send Them This Picture

Anytime Someone Asks To Adopt The Pups Separately I Send Them This Picture

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

He ain't heavy, he's my brother

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"This incredibly stressful period motivated many people to foster and adopt animals, as well as further cherish the pets already in their lives, and our recent research shows no significant risk of animals being rehomed by their owners now or in the near future as a result of the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions," said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. “Pets are still providing their families with joy and comfort, regardless of changes in circumstances, and loving owners continue to recognize and appreciate the essential role pets play in their lives."

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted across the country, the majority of surveyed pet owners are incorporating their new four-legged family members into their lifestyles with little reported concern about having enough time to spend with their pet or wanting to travel more but feeling limited by an animal.

#4

A Fantastic Blep From My Newly Adopted Blind Old Kitty, Ambrose

A Fantastic Blep From My Newly Adopted Blind Old Kitty, Ambrose

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Birgit M
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2 months ago

Old pets are often overlooked and thats so sad. I am happy for Ambrose!

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#5

Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted Today

Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted Today

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Friday
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2 months ago

Welcome home little one :)

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"Although some pet owners expressed general concerns, 87 percent of respondents shared that they are not considering rehoming their animal, suggesting that pet owners remain committed to caring for their cats and dogs," ASPCA explained.

But it is important to remember that even without a national surge in returns occurring at this time, there are a variety of reasons that might make it difficult for individuals to keep a pet due to new factors outside of their control.

"The ASPCA encourages any pet owner who may be considering rehoming their pet to enlist the support of a friend or neighbor—or to reach out to a shelter or rescue organization in their area, as the staff can often provide advice and assistance," the organization said.

Some issues are tougher than others. So for pet owners who are concerned about their new dog experiencing separation anxiety when routines change, there are many resources to help ease the transition, and working with a certified applied animal behaviorist, veterinary behaviorist or certified professional dog trainer can help.

For more information about the ASPCA's efforts to keep people and pets together, visit ASPCA.

#6

We Had No Plans To Adopt Our Current Foster Dog But Then This Happened

We Had No Plans To Adopt Our Current Foster Dog But Then This Happened

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Kzincat
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2 months ago

Best friends.

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#7

My Neighbor Just Adopted This Little Thing And I Just Can’t

My Neighbor Just Adopted This Little Thing And I Just Can’t

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Ear fluff powers activated

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#8

Adopted A 12 Year Old Cat. Her Look Tells Me She's Thankful And I'm Smitten

Adopted A 12 Year Old Cat. Her Look Tells Me She's Thankful And I'm Smitten

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Chancey
Community Member
2 months ago

So sweet!

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#9

"Old Man Ed's "I'm Getting Adopted!" Smile Is Both Handsome And Proud" I Am Getting Along Well With The Old Man

"Old Man Ed's "I'm Getting Adopted!" Smile Is Both Handsome And Proud" I Am Getting Along Well With The Old Man

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Ed has the best expression. Very Clark Gable.

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#10

The Orange Kitten I Rescued From Under My Stairs Two Days Ago Already Knows How To Pose Like A Supermodel

The Orange Kitten I Rescued From Under My Stairs Two Days Ago Already Knows How To Pose Like A Supermodel

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Kzincat
Community Member
2 months ago

Precious.

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#11

Meet Zoey Everyone! My Little 4lb Peanut I Rescued From The Side Of The Road

Meet Zoey Everyone! My Little 4lb Peanut I Rescued From The Side Of The Road

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my goodness. Precious baby!

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#12

They Said She Was A Normal Cat When We Adopted Her But I’m Still Not Convinced

They Said She Was A Normal Cat When We Adopted Her But I’m Still Not Convinced

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

The new normal

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#13

Adopted A Stray. Meet Sushi Roll

Adopted A Stray. Meet Sushi Roll

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Nadia Montera
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the most adorable good boï <3

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#14

So, I Adopted My First Cat He’s A Senior With Arthritis, Kidney Disease, And Bad Teeth, But He’s The Absolute Sweetest Boy; It Was Love At First Sight He’s Only Been Here For An Hour, But He Seems To Be Settling Into His Retirement Home Nicely

So, I Adopted My First Cat He’s A Senior With Arthritis, Kidney Disease, And Bad Teeth, But He’s The Absolute Sweetest Boy; It Was Love At First Sight He’s Only Been Here For An Hour, But He Seems To Be Settling Into His Retirement Home Nicely

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Julia Caroline
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2 months ago

Good for you ❤️

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#15

Been Struggling With Depression And Anxiety For Years. And I Have Finally Decided To Adopt My Own Cat And I Already Feel So Much Better. Say Hi To Princess Leia Everyone

Been Struggling With Depression And Anxiety For Years. And I Have Finally Decided To Adopt My Own Cat And I Already Feel So Much Better. Say Hi To Princess Leia Everyone

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Pets help so much. You saved a life, too.

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#16

This Baby Had Been Returned To The Shelter By Previous Adopters. I Will Never Understand How Someone Couldn’t Want Him. He Is The Best Companion And He Is My Best Friend

This Baby Had Been Returned To The Shelter By Previous Adopters. I Will Never Understand How Someone Couldn’t Want Him. He Is The Best Companion And He Is My Best Friend

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Sue Simmons
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2 months ago

Because he was meant for YOU. XXX

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#17

Meet Eugene. He’s A Parvo Survivor That I Fostered For Over A Month, And After 2 Failed Pending Adoptions I Took It As A Sign From The Universe That He Was Meant To Stay Forever

Meet Eugene. He’s A Parvo Survivor That I Fostered For Over A Month, And After 2 Failed Pending Adoptions I Took It As A Sign From The Universe That He Was Meant To Stay Forever

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

A sign from the universe or a sign from your heart. Lovely puppy.

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#18

Recently Adopted This Polite Young Lady. Meet Mooncake!

Recently Adopted This Polite Young Lady. Meet Mooncake!

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Sigh.

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#19

I'm Newly A Divorced Single Mom. I Adopted This Guy Who Had Been Returned To The Shelter. He Thanks Me Every Day...but He's Got No Idea How Thankful I Am For Him

I'm Newly A Divorced Single Mom. I Adopted This Guy Who Had Been Returned To The Shelter. He Thanks Me Every Day...but He's Got No Idea How Thankful I Am For Him

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

He absolutely knows and feels the same way.

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#20

A Month Ago She Showed Up Crying At Our Window. After Searching For Her Owner And Bringing Her To The Shelter, This Weekend We Officially Adopted Our Sweet Little Junie B

A Month Ago She Showed Up Crying At Our Window. After Searching For Her Owner And Bringing Her To The Shelter, This Weekend We Officially Adopted Our Sweet Little Junie B

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Munchkin? Adorable.

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#21

1 Week Post Adoption

1 Week Post Adoption

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Nadia Montera
Community Member
2 months ago

Draw me like one of these French girls :)

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#22

Went To Look At New Born Cats And This Guy Crawled Into My Hoodie Filled Out The Adoption Papers Not Just A Minute Later With The Fluff Ball Still In My Hood

Went To Look At New Born Cats And This Guy Crawled Into My Hoodie Filled Out The Adoption Papers Not Just A Minute Later With The Fluff Ball Still In My Hood

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Kzincat
Community Member
2 months ago

You were chosen.

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#23

We Adopted A 6 Month Old Pit/Lab Mix Yesterday, Say Hello To Larry Everybody!

We Adopted A 6 Month Old Pit/Lab Mix Yesterday, Say Hello To Larry Everybody!

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Chancey
Community Member
2 months ago

Larry lol Perfect name.

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#24

I Adopted My First Cat!

I Adopted My First Cat!

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

You already see eye to eye. Congratulations on years of joy ahead.

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#25

Started Volunteering At The Animal Shelter 2 Weeks Ago. Brought Home My First Foster Family Today. Momma And 6 3 Week Old Babies

Started Volunteering At The Animal Shelter 2 Weeks Ago. Brought Home My First Foster Family Today. Momma And 6 3 Week Old Babies

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

Proud mama!

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#26

I Grew Up Thinking Huskies Were Majestic. Then I Adopted Argo

I Grew Up Thinking Huskies Were Majestic. Then I Adopted Argo

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Yettichild
Community Member
2 months ago

They are definitely characters.

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#27

Adopted Two Little Meezers. Named Them Yin And Yang

Adopted Two Little Meezers. Named Them Yin And Yang

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

They look so soft 😻

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#28

Adopted A Dog Last Week. This Is How She Slept The Other Night

Adopted A Dog Last Week. This Is How She Slept The Other Night

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

She knows she has her furever home now

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#29

My Foster Dog Just Got Adopted! I Think He’s Excited

My Foster Dog Just Got Adopted! I Think He’s Excited

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww, he looks so happy <3

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#30

We Adopted A Bulldog Yesterday The Cat Clearly Was Not Excited About It

We Adopted A Bulldog Yesterday The Cat Clearly Was Not Excited About It

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Láďa Durchánek
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2 months ago

The floor is lava now.

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