Too many animals end up neglected or in abusive hands of people who were supposed to love them. Deprived of human affection and care, they often lose hope for what the future holds. And while for some, there’s not much in there, a few lucky ones are given a second chance in their new forever home.

If you've ever adopted an animal who has seen and experienced things no living being should ever endure, you’d know how hard it is for them to regain their trust in humans. But love and time are the two most powerful things that heal all wounds, and this post is a tribute to that.

Below are some of the most inspirational and emotional photos of cats before and after adoption as shared on the tear-jerking r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit. More happy endings of animals who were happily adopted can be found in our previous posts here, here and here.

#1

Hazel Was A Stray Who Was Rescued After Being Caught In A Steel Trap For An Estimated 5 Days. She Lost Her Leg But Found Her Home With Me! This Is 8 Weeks After Coming Home

Hazel Was A Stray Who Was Rescued After Being Caught In A Steel Trap For An Estimated 5 Days. She Lost Her Leg But Found Her Home With Me! This Is 8 Weeks After Coming Home

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ƒιѕн
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1 year ago

What a fluffy little tripod she is.

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10 Months Ago I Found This Little Guy Abandoned And Starving, Now He's A Pampered Little Prince

10 Months Ago I Found This Little Guy Abandoned And Starving, Now He's A Pampered Little Prince

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Francis
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1 year ago

he is no prince.. he is the king and he knows it :D

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#3

This Guy Showed Up On Our Porch One Day

This Guy Showed Up On Our Porch One Day

He was emaciated, dirty brown fur, covered with ants, cross eyed and barely alive. The humane society wouldn’t take him because he was in such bad shape. So we kept him and named him Knut. He turned into a fluffy white monster.

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Francis
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1 year ago

looks like he smiles in the second pic :)

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To find out what we all need to know before adopting a cat, Bored Panda reached out to Hannah Baker, a head of communications at FOUR PAWS in the UK. This charity organization was founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, and now has spread worldwide, advocating for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.

In the wake of COVID-19 and the repeated lockdowns, it is likely that both dog and cat rehoming centers will see an influx of animals being handed over and looking for new forever homes,” Hannah said when asked if cats or dogs end up in shelters more often.

#4

Parker, The Sickly Stray 5 Week Old Kitten I Found In A Parking Lot At Work Three Years Ago

Parker, The Sickly Stray 5 Week Old Kitten I Found In A Parking Lot At Work Three Years Ago

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ƒιѕн
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1 year ago

Parker has some beautiful markings on him.

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#5

My Rescue’s Transformation

My Rescue’s Transformation

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Marc
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1 year ago

That first picture is just heartbreaking. This cat must have suffered a lot. I am so happy it all turned out to be good.

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#6

This Poor 10 Y/O Little Man Took A Year To Go From Brutalized To Healthy And Active

This Poor 10 Y/O Little Man Took A Year To Go From Brutalized To Healthy And Active

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Marc
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1 year ago

And all the love, compassion and care was worth it.

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When it comes to the adoption procedure, taking a cat back to its new forever home is much like the process with adopting a dog, Hannah said. “FOUR PAWS advocates adoption when looking for a new four-legged friend and as such would recommend researching the local rehoming centers near to you. They will then review your lifestyle and advise on the cats that would be suitable for you.”

#7

Found Him Dehydrated In The High Summer Heat. Didn't Plan On Keeping Him Initially But A Few Years Later And I Can Never Leave Him!

Found Him Dehydrated In The High Summer Heat. Didn't Plan On Keeping Him Initially But A Few Years Later And I Can Never Leave Him!

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Marc
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1 year ago

He looks so done in the first picture. I am glad he found help and became that beautiful boy.

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#8

From Scrawny Stray, To Lovely House Kitty

From Scrawny Stray, To Lovely House Kitty

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Marc
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1 year ago

Beautiful cat and lovely socks. I love tuxedo cats. Glad he is safe now.

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#9

My Baby Boy, Tom. The Day I Found Him And Now, 18 Months Later. He's Grown Into A Very Handsome Boy!

My Baby Boy, Tom. The Day I Found Him And Now, 18 Months Later. He's Grown Into A Very Handsome Boy!

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ƒιѕн
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1 year ago

Very handsome indeed.

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FOUR PAWS has a handy checklist that can help people decide if they’re ready for a feline friend. Turns out, if you’re thinking of adopting a cat, you should imagine when you’re already a cat owner. The somewhat humorous check point list includes things that you will be willing to do as a new feline owner.

For example, Remove 'cat hair' from your clothes; Regularly clean out the 'cat food bowl'; Weekend? Get up early!; Train your cat to use a transport box; Read your rental agreement on pet keeping; Make your home cat-secure; Imagine claw marks on your couch; Groom your 'cat'; Take an allergy test; Imagine the dead birds and mice your cat might bring into the house, etc.

#10

The Day I Found Them Abandoned In A Cardboard Box, 1 Month, 2 Months And Likely Half Their Body Weight Of Worms Later

The Day I Found Them Abandoned In A Cardboard Box, 1 Month, 2 Months And Likely Half Their Body Weight Of Worms Later

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ƒιѕн
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1 year ago

I would have to beat some ass if I found someone dumping helpless kitten like that.

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#11

Cicero Came To Us Dehydrated, Anemic, And Encrusted With Snot. Now He's A Glorious Fluffy Boy!

Cicero Came To Us Dehydrated, Anemic, And Encrusted With Snot. Now He's A Glorious Fluffy Boy!

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

That poor little guy... Glad he turned out to be a majestic fluff ball.

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#12

I Found This Kitten Last Summer In A Sealed Box Near The Road We Rode

I Found This Kitten Last Summer In A Sealed Box Near The Road We Rode

I don't know why I decied to stop and check it. Now he is a big cat and lives in this new family with his new friend.

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

F**k I hate people.. what is the damn thought process that makes you do something like this? A sealed f*****g box? Seriously?

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“It’s also important to remember that like any pet, a cat is a lifelong commitment and it’s necessary to consider if you’ll be keeping your cat indoors or if they’ll be allowed to go outside, do you have a preference over gender, what home comforts do they need, etc.,” Hannah said and concluded that “Cats can bring so much to our lives but it’s vital to ensure that you have thought long and hard about adding one to your home.”

#13

To Think That Luna Used To Fit In The Palm Of My Hand

To Think That Luna Used To Fit In The Palm Of My Hand

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

Smoll lady and very beautiful.

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#14

This Tiny Girl Was Found Abandoned (We Think Dumped), Injured, And Couldn't See

This Tiny Girl Was Found Abandoned (We Think Dumped), Injured, And Couldn't See

We didn't think she would make it through the first night. After three weeks, she can see and has more energy than I can sometimes handle

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MoodyBlue
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1 year ago

The before pic is heartbreaking.

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#15

I Trapped Sushi When He Was 17 Weeks Old With An Infected Neck Wound. 8 Months Later, Love And Patience Have Turned My Former Feral Into A Cuddle-Loving Cat

I Trapped Sushi When He Was 17 Weeks Old With An Infected Neck Wound. 8 Months Later, Love And Patience Have Turned My Former Feral Into A Cuddle-Loving Cat

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

Feral rescues are so worth it, my little wild child Zookie took over 5 months and is now laying on my lap purring away while looking at these.

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#16

How It Started vs. How It's Going

How It Started vs. How It's Going

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Alyssa Sweat
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1 year ago

Those eyes though. (0o0)

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#17

Olly: 1 Month Update

Olly: 1 Month Update

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MoodyBlue
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful white fluffball.

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#18

After My Cat Died I Decided To Pick Up This Small Guy Who Looked Healthy When We Got Him, But We Soon Learned He Had A Horrible Ringworm Infestation. I Spent The Next 4 Months Healing This Little Guy

After My Cat Died I Decided To Pick Up This Small Guy Who Looked Healthy When We Got Him, But We Soon Learned He Had A Horrible Ringworm Infestation. I Spent The Next 4 Months Healing This Little Guy

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, went thru the ringworm phase with my lil calico feral Skritch. She's healthy and happy now living indoors.

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#19

Titan, Adopted Through Our Rescue Good Karma. He’s Spoilt!

Titan, Adopted Through Our Rescue Good Karma. He’s Spoilt!

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Lisa Pavlica
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful boy.

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#20

Stray That Started Coming By Our Library Staff Parking Lot Got Taken To The Shelter, Now He's Properly Adopted And Enjoys Belly Rubs, Anyway Here's My New Son, Taako

Stray That Started Coming By Our Library Staff Parking Lot Got Taken To The Shelter, Now He's Properly Adopted And Enjoys Belly Rubs, Anyway Here's My New Son, Taako

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

He looks super content. He might have had a home before, because usually wild born cats stay away from humans. Glad he owns a sink now.

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#21

What Love And Tons Of Churu Can Do To A Street-Hardened Cat

What Love And Tons Of Churu Can Do To A Street-Hardened Cat

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

Went from badass and wary to...yeah i'm just gonna stretch out here and soak up some sun lol

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#22

A Week After We Rescued This Little Girl. We Have Named Her Shamsie (Sounds Like Tummy)- Arabic For Sunshine

A Week After We Rescued This Little Girl. We Have Named Her Shamsie (Sounds Like Tummy)- Arabic For Sunshine

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M Calad
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1 year ago

She is a sunshine, indeed 🌞

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#23

Bean Dip. Found By My Girlfriend Under A Pile Of Trash In A Construction Site

Bean Dip. Found By My Girlfriend Under A Pile Of Trash In A Construction Site

We nursed her back to health and she now lives with a family member. First three photos are from July of this year, last photo is from two weeks ago. Best thing to happen to me in 2020.

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Lisa Pavlica
Community Member
1 year ago

So glad you saved her.

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#24

Befor And After

Befor And After

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

I just wanted to touch that fluffy belly. It's hard to resist, even in a photo.

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#25

This Is Peanut! I Found Him Caught In A Rat Trap And Knew He Had To Have A Second Chance

This Is Peanut! I Found Him Caught In A Rat Trap And Knew He Had To Have A Second Chance

I was working in a restaurant when a few of my coworkers were talking about a kitten stuck in one of the rat traps outside. Everyone, including me, thought he had been dead for quite some time. Out of curiosity, I nudged his little feet and he kicked his paws!
 
It took a few minutes to wiggle him free, and when he opened his mouth to meow at me, his tongue was absolutely covered in rat poison.
 
I rushed him to our local vet, and thankfully there was an easy solution to his poisoning! My roommate and I paid out of pocket to cover his bill and took him home to rest and recover. Even though he had been through a lot, he wasn’t shy. He crawled into my lap wanting to be petted and held. He meowed and ate without hesitation. I took that as a good sign that he would be just fine. He seemed like he would make the perfect pet for anyone who adores cats.
 
Sadly, we couldn’t keep him. We have three dogs and not enough room for another animal. But in only just a few days, we found Peanut a new home with a very loving couple and their cat!
 
Now he has blossomed into a gorgeous kitty who loves attention and his parents! Every now and then, we get updates on the little guy and last I’ve heard, he’s now a dad! I’m so thankful they were able to take him in. I know they’re giving him the best life possible:)
 
For everyone concerned about Peanut, his litter was unintentional but it was a happy accident to his parents. They kept one and the rest found sweet homes. All animals in the house are now fixed! Thank you for being concerned! And thank you all for getting your fur babies spayed/ neutered!

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Lytha
Community Member
1 year ago

It's an amazing story ! Thanks for Peanuts !!

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#26

My Dumpster Rescue Ophelia At 4 Weeks Old And 4 Months Old With Her New Best Friend

My Dumpster Rescue Ophelia At 4 Weeks Old And 4 Months Old With Her New Best Friend

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Cactus McCoy
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1 year ago

The left picture makes me want to cry. Those sad eyes.... Good job giving her a home!

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#27

Our Maine Coon Kitten Hemingway’s Shelter Picture Compared To One Week After Bringing Him Home

Our Maine Coon Kitten Hemingway’s Shelter Picture Compared To One Week After Bringing Him Home

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Lytha
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a big change :)

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#28

Oreo Almost 2 Years Ago vs. Today (Adopted Nov 2019)

Oreo Almost 2 Years Ago vs. Today (Adopted Nov 2019)

He was living on the streets with a severe eye infection. The lady that was fostering him said she didn't think he would survive winter had he not been rescued. He's the sweetest baby and I can't imagine my life without him anymore

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MoodyBlue
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1 year ago

Another one with magnificent eyeliner <3

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#29

This Dirty But Charismatic Boy Started Hanging Around Outside Our House In The Spring Of 2017

This Dirty But Charismatic Boy Started Hanging Around Outside Our House In The Spring Of 2017

We gave him food and shelter, and he found his place in our hearts and in our beds

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Susan Green
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1 year ago

This looks so much like my dear boy, who passed away at 20. I love him so much, still.

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#30

Just Two Weeks Ago, I Adopted This Tiny 5-Week Old Who Was Rescued From A Busy Wet Market In Manila. She's Now The Cuddliest In The Family

Just Two Weeks Ago, I Adopted This Tiny 5-Week Old Who Was Rescued From A Busy Wet Market In Manila. She's Now The Cuddliest In The Family

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Vicky Z
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1 year ago (edited)

That's a very big difference in only 2 weeks! Wow

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