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Any pet owner will tell you how rewarding it is to have an adorable little creature running around your home. Sure, they might make messes at times or chew up valuables, but the small annoyances are greatly outweighed by the joy and companionship they bring. And if you’re looking to bring a new fur baby into your home, the best places to look are animal shelters and rescues!

Below, you’ll find a list of heartwarming photos from Reddit of animals who have recently been adopted. We’ll warn you right now, pandas, that these pics might melt your heart into a puddle. But if you can handle the cuteness overload, enjoy scrolling through and be sure to upvote all of the photos that make you smile!

#1

Today I Adopted This Beautiful Queen, Her Name Is Nettie And Shes 18 Years Old💞👑

Today I Adopted This Beautiful Queen, Her Name Is Nettie And Shes 18 Years Old💞👑

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#2

A Stray Puppy I Took In. Can’t Sit Down Without Her Squeezing In Beside Me

A Stray Puppy I Took In. Can’t Sit Down Without Her Squeezing In Beside Me

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#3

Pulled A Mother And Kitten Off The Streets Of Detroit Last Month, Now They Are Spoiled

Pulled A Mother And Kitten Off The Streets Of Detroit Last Month, Now They Are Spoiled

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As someone who grew up with dogs, I can definitely attest to the fact that having cute and cuddly animals in your home just makes it feel more like, well, home! There’s always a wagging tail to greet you when you get home (or in the case of my cat, a demanding meow telling me off for leaving him alone), and there’s always someone to snuggle up with at bedtime.

And if you’re in need of an animal for your home, I strongly urge you to look in shelters and rescues rather than checking out breeders. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 6.3 million domesticated animals find their way into shelters in the United States every single year. These little creatures would love to be adopted into loving homes, and taking them in can literally save their lives.   

#5

From Rough Dubai Streets To The English Countryside

From Rough Dubai Streets To The English Countryside

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#6

Our New Cat Is Ridiculously Photogenic

Our New Cat Is Ridiculously Photogenic

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To find out more about why it’s so important to adopt rather than shop when getting a new pet, for a previous Bored Panda article, we reached out to Chair of Almost Home Dog Rescue, Alex. Alex was kind enough to have a chat with us and shared that there’s been a crisis in animal rescues in the UK since the pandemic.  

“Breeders are breeding faster than we can rehome. Thousands of healthy, non challenging dogs are euthanized weekly in the UK, simply because there is nowhere for them to go,” Alex noted. 

#7

Was Never A Cat Person Aaaaand I Became A Cat Dad

Was Never A Cat Person Aaaaand I Became A Cat Dad

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#8

Poor Guy Got Dumped In Snow Storm

Poor Guy Got Dumped In Snow Storm

I felt terrible for the poor boy and had to adopt him. He is a very sweet dog and so well mannered.

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#9

I Adopted Old Man Shadow Recently. Kevin Gained A Friend And I Lost The Couch

I Adopted Old Man Shadow Recently. Kevin Gained A Friend And I Lost The Couch

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One reason why some people might be hesitant to adopt is the fact that many of these animals have experienced trauma, and they might not seem incredibly friendly right off the bat. But Alex assures readers that she has witnessed animals undergo incredible transformations after being adopted into loving homes. “There have been many stories of where a timid, challenging or abused dog has completely transformed in the right supportive environment,” she previously told Bored Panda.

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#10

Just Adopted A Puppy From The Shelter And It Said It’s Breed Is Unknown

Just Adopted A Puppy From The Shelter And It Said It’s Breed Is Unknown

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#11

I’ve Never Had A Cat Before So It’s Been Really Nice Relishing All These Moments With Him. I Immensely Love Him So I Would Like To Share These Photos Of Him!

I’ve Never Had A Cat Before So It’s Been Really Nice Relishing All These Moments With Him. I Immensely Love Him So I Would Like To Share These Photos Of Him!

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#12

Picking This Boy Up From The Pound Tomorrow. (Oc)

Picking This Boy Up From The Pound Tomorrow. (Oc)

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As far as what prospective owners should understand before deciding to adopt, Alex says, “[Almost Home] supports by giving any potential adopters a pre-adoption checklist - asking them to cover all the points as a family. Everyone in the home needs to be committed to the dog for the rest of its life!”

#13

Toast Isn't So Sure Of His New Baby Brother Willy

Toast Isn't So Sure Of His New Baby Brother Willy

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The trials of the relationships between introverts and extroverts....

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#14

Found This Little Furry Rascal Freezing On The Street Yesterday. Tomorow We Are Going To The Vet ! Welcome Home Dante/Lucifer 😻🐈‍⬛️

Found This Little Furry Rascal Freezing On The Street Yesterday. Tomorow We Are Going To The Vet ! Welcome Home Dante/Lucifer 😻🐈‍⬛️

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#15

Found A Wee Kitty On A Road 🥺 Mine Now

Found A Wee Kitty On A Road 🥺 Mine Now

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“[Almost Home] offers support to the family for the rest of [their dog’s] life too,” Alex says. “Finances are a big one, and what changes people expect in their lives over the next 10 years - all that should be considered.”

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“We ensure all our dogs are neutered before they are adopted,” she added. “We strongly recommend this for behavioral reasons as well as medical.

#16

Adopted Rocco And She Said “Let’s Keep Him Forever And Ever And Ever”

Adopted Rocco And She Said “Let’s Keep Him Forever And Ever And Ever”

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#18

3 Of The 4 Pups I Found On The Highway This Morning

3 Of The 4 Pups I Found On The Highway This Morning

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And while some people may believe misconceptions about rescue or shelter dogs, Alex wants readers to understand that anything they’ve been through was not the animal’s fault. “A rescued dog has simply been let down by humans!” she shared.

#19

It’s -8 Here And Heard A Cry At Our Front Door

It’s -8 Here And Heard A Cry At Our Front Door

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#20

I Rescued The Tattooed Cartel Cat That Was Living In A Mexican Prison

I Rescued The Tattooed Cartel Cat That Was Living In A Mexican Prison

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#21

Bred And Dumped At The Pound. Now She’s Couch Surfing At My Place

Bred And Dumped At The Pound. Now She’s Couch Surfing At My Place

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Having a pet might seem like a huge burden before actually getting one, and I completely understand the hesitation. Before my partner and I decided to go through with adoption, the only things racing around my mind were the downsides. “It will be so expensive,” I thought. And, “That’s way too much responsibility!” And while those are important factors to consider, what I didn’t realize was how deeply in love I would immediately fall with our pets. 

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#22

I Think My Adopted Pupper Is Happy Here

I Think My Adopted Pupper Is Happy Here

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs don't do that unless they feel very, very safe. It's a sign of complete and utter trust.

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#23

Adopted Our Very First Cat Last Weekend. I Was Worried We'd Get A Non-Friendly Cat Who Was Very Standoffish But She's An Angel. Is Interested With Anything, Pickups No Problem, Wants To Be Cradled Like A Baby, Vibrates All The Time, And... Stops Me From Working Or Playing On My PC

Adopted Our Very First Cat Last Weekend. I Was Worried We'd Get A Non-Friendly Cat Who Was Very Standoffish But She's An Angel. Is Interested With Anything, Pickups No Problem, Wants To Be Cradled Like A Baby, Vibrates All The Time, And... Stops Me From Working Or Playing On My PC

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The bond between a pet and their owner is so special, and if you’re in a place where you can financially and practically take care of a little creature, I would highly recommend it. Plus, look at how precious the photos on this list are! There will never be a shortage of pets in shelters, so if you’re at a point in your life where you’re ready to expand your family, please remember to adopt not shop!

#25

His First Sound Sleep After Being Adopted From A Shelter

His First Sound Sleep After Being Adopted From A Shelter

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#26

I Adopted A Kitten And She Came With A Gift.. The Kitten Was Pregnant

I Adopted A Kitten And She Came With A Gift.. The Kitten Was Pregnant

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Has this list made you realize that you might need to adopt a new cuddly member into your family, pandas? Whether you’re a cat, dog or reptile person, having a little creature roaming around is always worth it. Enjoy scrolling through the rest of these cute pics, and if you’re interested in checking out another adoption photo of the month list, you can find Bored Panda’s last one right here!  

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#28

So The Pup We Adopted Turned Out To Be A Big Big Baby🤭 3 Months, 44 Lbs

So The Pup We Adopted Turned Out To Be A Big Big Baby🤭 3 Months, 44 Lbs

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#29

Adopting These Two Dummies Is The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Us

Adopting These Two Dummies Is The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Us

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#30

One Month Since Adoption Day And I’m In Love 🥰

One Month Since Adoption Day And I’m In Love 🥰

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#31

I Found A Little Boy I Want To Adopt Locally. He Showed Me His Air Murder Mittens In Seconds Of Seeing Me. I Believe He Will Adopt Me

I Found A Little Boy I Want To Adopt Locally. He Showed Me His Air Murder Mittens In Seconds Of Seeing Me. I Believe He Will Adopt Me

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#32

Almost 2 Weeks Ago I Signed Moishe’s Adoption Papers, And He’s Still Smiling Today! I Think He Is Happy To Be In His Forever Home

Almost 2 Weeks Ago I Signed Moishe’s Adoption Papers, And He’s Still Smiling Today! I Think He Is Happy To Be In His Forever Home

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#33

Adopted This Baby Boy Today! He’s Already So Snuggly And Demanding Of Pets. He Doesn’t Know I Love Him So Much Already

Adopted This Baby Boy Today! He’s Already So Snuggly And Demanding Of Pets. He Doesn’t Know I Love Him So Much Already

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#34

Meet Bear (Right) He Just Lost His Human And His Family Offered Him To Me, I Couldn’t Refuse

Meet Bear (Right) He Just Lost His Human And His Family Offered Him To Me, I Couldn’t Refuse

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#35

I Adopted This Sweet Boy 6 Hours Ago And He Just Passed Out And Started Dreaming Right In Front Of Me 🥺❤️

I Adopted This Sweet Boy 6 Hours Ago And He Just Passed Out And Started Dreaming Right In Front Of Me 🥺❤️

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#36

Just Adopted This 6 Month Old Boy And He’s My First Cat!

Just Adopted This 6 Month Old Boy And He’s My First Cat!

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#37

Picked Up A Stray Cat A While Back. Turned Out She Was Pregnant. Now I Have 5 Cats. 🐈‍⬛

Picked Up A Stray Cat A While Back. Turned Out She Was Pregnant. Now I Have 5 Cats. 🐈‍⬛

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#38

We Adopted These 2 Little Black Beauties About 5 Weeks Ago! I Think We May Be In For Trouble!

We Adopted These 2 Little Black Beauties About 5 Weeks Ago! I Think We May Be In For Trouble!

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#39

My Rescue Finally Feeling At Peace In My Home ❤️ Have You Ever Rescued A Little Angle?

My Rescue Finally Feeling At Peace In My Home ❤️ Have You Ever Rescued A Little Angle?

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#40

I Adopted Mine Today! Was Told His Brain Cell Would Come In The Mail In 3-4 Weeks

I Adopted Mine Today! Was Told His Brain Cell Would Come In The Mail In 3-4 Weeks

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't get to keep the braincell though, it. has to be passed round, ginger cats don't have enough for one each lol

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#41

I Am Adopting This Boy Tomorrow And Couldn’t Be More Excited. Him And His Brothers Were Found Under A Bridge

I Am Adopting This Boy Tomorrow And Couldn’t Be More Excited. Him And His Brothers Were Found Under A Bridge

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait this looks like a pure breed siamese... They don't come under bridges, they cost $$$!!! Beware the AtTiTTuDe ///

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#42

My First Dog In 8 Years. This Boy Is Beau, He Is Already My Best Friend 🩵🩶💙

My First Dog In 8 Years. This Boy Is Beau, He Is Already My Best Friend 🩵🩶💙

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#43

I Felt So Lucky That I Adopted Him About 2 Months Ago. He Is Such A Good Paw For Me! What Do Y'all Say

I Felt So Lucky That I Adopted Him About 2 Months Ago. He Is Such A Good Paw For Me! What Do Y'all Say

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#44

My Parent's Cat Is Still Getting Accustomed To Having A New Puppy Around

My Parent's Cat Is Still Getting Accustomed To Having A New Puppy Around

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#45

Found This Baby In My Backyard Today And Now It Is Mine

Found This Baby In My Backyard Today And Now It Is Mine

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please take them to the vet to check for a chip and post up on social media - this could be a much-loved fur baby who just got lost.

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#46

Our New Kitten Is Obsessed With Her Big Brother

Our New Kitten Is Obsessed With Her Big Brother

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#47

I Will Adopt Those Cats, I Have Never Had Cats, Will Be The First Time, I Need Help With His Names! Pls 🥰

I Will Adopt Those Cats, I Have Never Had Cats, Will Be The First Time, I Need Help With His Names! Pls 🥰

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#49

Two Months Into Adopting A Cat, And I (Chronic Side Sleeper Turned Contortionist) Have Become His Bed 💙

Two Months Into Adopting A Cat, And I (Chronic Side Sleeper Turned Contortionist) Have Become His Bed 💙

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#50

The Cat I Picked Up On The Road Yesterday Is Already Very Friendly With Me Today. I Don't Know Why Her Owner Don't Love Her

The Cat I Picked Up On The Road Yesterday Is Already Very Friendly With Me Today. I Don't Know Why Her Owner Don't Love Her

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