Every year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide. Those little poor beings often lived deprived of love, care, and nurturing, many of them never having experienced the joy of life. They come to shelters with their stories unknown, suffering from fear, anxiety, and sheer loneliness. In the most profound sense, adopting such an animal is giving them a second chance in life that we are all worthy of.

So in order to make a tribute to all those life-changing adoption stories, we selected some of the most powerful before and after adoption pics of dogs shared on the r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit. “This is a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned or mistreated animal,” says the group’s description, but the pictures speak louder than thousands of words.

The change in these rescued doggos is stark, and in case you ask, yes, someone’s chopping a giant onion over here. Psst! More heart-melting pets before and after being adopted by their forever family can be found in our previous posts here, here, and here.

#1

She's The Sweetest Creature I've Ever Met. I Don't Always Know What To Say About Her Transformation Other Than "Look." The First Picture Is A Month Before The Second, The Last Is Her 2 Year Gotcha-Versary

She's The Sweetest Creature I've Ever Met. I Don't Always Know What To Say About Her Transformation Other Than "Look." The First Picture Is A Month Before The Second, The Last Is Her 2 Year Gotcha-Versary

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TmKhr
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2 weeks ago

What a gorgeous girl she became

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#2

My Girlfriend And I Adopted Buck In August Of 2019, He’s Changed Our Lives More Than We Did His And Has Been The Best Choice We’ve Made. Love This Guy To Death!

My Girlfriend And I Adopted Buck In August Of 2019, He’s Changed Our Lives More Than We Did His And Has Been The Best Choice We’ve Made. Love This Guy To Death!

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Brian Bennett
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2 weeks ago

The difference between loving to death and neglecting to death!

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#3

We Took Home This Sick Pup That Had Cirrhosis Of The Liver And Wasn’t Expected To Live More Than Three Months. Today Marks One Year Since We Brought Him Home And Now He’s Healthier Than Ever

We Took Home This Sick Pup That Had Cirrhosis Of The Liver And Wasn’t Expected To Live More Than Three Months. Today Marks One Year Since We Brought Him Home And Now He’s Healthier Than Ever

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Miss Frankfurter
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2 weeks ago

Hope and love are strong medicine.

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To find more about the wonders adoption can do for dogs and their owners, 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.

“Adopting a pet is so rewarding for all involved,” Hannah said and added: “Not only are you rescuing an animal and offering them a second chance but you’re also freeing up the space to help another animal in need in the rehoming center. Plus, you get a new four-legged friend to build a life-long bond with.”

#4

Joker Dog Was A Bait Dog For I Don't Know How Long. It Amazes Me From The Moment I Met Him All He Needed Was Love To Heal

Joker Dog Was A Bait Dog For I Don't Know How Long. It Amazes Me From The Moment I Met Him All He Needed Was Love To Heal

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Dorothy Parker
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2 weeks ago

I'm not a violent person, but very bad things are warranted by monsters who treat animals like that. He's so handsome and sweet looking.

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#5

Maya's One Year After Adoption. From Severely Underweight To One Happy Pupperoni

Maya's One Year After Adoption. From Severely Underweight To One Happy Pupperoni

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TmKhr
Community Member
2 weeks ago

The looks of this doggo remind me of our late dog. She originally came from a puppy mill, and we got her after she was rescued from there. After about 8 months we had to put her down because of her bad hip, it couldn't be fixed. What made it even worse is that she was so energetic and loved running around the yard. Miss ya girl.

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#6

Our Sweet Toby Was Found In A Ditch And Couldn’t Use His Back Legs. Now He’s King Of The Road In Two Wheels

Our Sweet Toby Was Found In A Ditch And Couldn’t Use His Back Legs. Now He’s King Of The Road In Two Wheels

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

No animal is a throw away. Karma coming at those who dumped him. Such happy freedom!

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Moreover, most rehoming centers offer lifetime support for you and your new pet, Hannah added, “so if you have a question about helping them settle in or a new behavior that develops, they are on hand to help, whether it happens two weeks or two years after the adoption.”

For example, “At FOUR PAWS we’ve been able to really see the life-changing difference rescuing and adopting a dog or cat can be as we have saved victims of the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia and offered them a chance at a life free from the fear of the cruel trade.”

#7

I’ve Posted Luna’s Glow-Up Here A Few Years Ago, But Today We Are Celebrating Her Six Year Gotcha Day Anniversary And I Just Love Her So Much And Want To Share Her Again

I’ve Posted Luna’s Glow-Up Here A Few Years Ago, But Today We Are Celebrating Her Six Year Gotcha Day Anniversary And I Just Love Her So Much And Want To Share Her Again

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Julie Bonenfant
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Post pics of her as often as you like. A beautiful success story for a beautiful girl. Sadly, such horror stories will play out daily always . I think we all need to be reminded that there are still so many good people in this crazy world to help their horror go away.

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#8

How It Started vs. Hows It Going

How It Started vs. Hows It Going

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Haru Brujis
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Awww...

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#9

The Evolution Of Our Foster Pup’s Ears. From Day One With Us, After Being Found As A Stray, To Now

The Evolution Of Our Foster Pup’s Ears. From Day One With Us, After Being Found As A Stray, To Now

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Michelle M
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I would tell it all my problems. Must be a good listener.

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When asked if being loved and cared for can alter a pet's behavior and personality, Hannah assured us it's absolutely true and said that we all love to be loved and this is no different for our pets. “Dogs and cats are social animals and whilst some may be a bit more aloof, they generally like company and we humans are great at making a fuss of them. Some of those dogs and cats rescued from the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia were initially timid and scared but with the patience and love from our teams, they have thrived.”

After the adoption, “we hear reports from their new families that this change is continuing and many are embracing their inner puppy and loving their new found families and security.” Hannah told us.

#10

Magnum Was Rescued By A Local Shelter Where I Live. Thank You To All Of You Who Work Tirelessly To Save These Angels' Lives

Magnum Was Rescued By A Local Shelter Where I Live. Thank You To All Of You Who Work Tirelessly To Save These Angels' Lives

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Haru Brujis
Community Member
2 weeks ago

He looked petrified!!! Look at him now!

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#11

Mighty Marmalade At Intake vs. Almost A Year In Her Furever Home

Mighty Marmalade At Intake vs. Almost A Year In Her Furever Home

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Lady Marmalade!

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#12

My Local Shelter Posted A Post-Adoption Update Of This Pup - Check Out That Glow Up! (Not My Dog)

My Local Shelter Posted A Post-Adoption Update Of This Pup - Check Out That Glow Up! (Not My Dog)

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Caro Caro
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2 weeks ago

Oh gosh, look at that sad face to what the pupper is now. WOW

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It’s no secret that there’s been an unprecedented surge in people interested in pet adoption fueled by the worldwide pandemic. Hannah said that FOUR PAWS saw a surge in adverts for dogs and cats that appeared online, driven by the growing demand of people wanting to add a four-legged friend to their home during lockdown as early as last April.

But sadly, such demand may backfire for many animals, fueling the puppy trade and illegal breeding. “Unfortunately, many of these dogs and subsequent new families will have become the unsuspecting victims of the illegal puppy trade, in which dogs are bred in Eastern European countries and the puppies are taken away from the mums (often too early) and transported on long journeys to the UK.”

#13

Mr. Rogers. Blind, Emaciated, Famished, And So Weak He Couldn’t Walk. His Literal Bones Were Jutting Out Through His Skin. Like White Bone. I Brought Him Home From The Shelter For The Night But Decided He Needed To Go Stay At The Veterinarian After I Saw His Condition

Mr. Rogers. Blind, Emaciated, Famished, And So Weak He Couldn’t Walk. His Literal Bones Were Jutting Out Through His Skin. Like White Bone. I Brought Him Home From The Shelter For The Night But Decided He Needed To Go Stay At The Veterinarian After I Saw His Condition

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Laura Jones
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2 weeks ago

it is so sad that when animals get old people just discard them

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#14

Millie, When She Was Rescued In Mississippi And Now. The Best Doggo

Millie, When She Was Rescued In Mississippi And Now. The Best Doggo

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

It takes more than a vet to save a sick little girl like this. And it's so worth it.

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#15

My Foster Dog The Day We Rescued Her From An Animal Cruelty Case And 3 Weeks Later

My Foster Dog The Day We Rescued Her From An Animal Cruelty Case And 3 Weeks Later

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Three weeks is no time at all to heal so much damage.

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Hannah continued: “From here they are sold on to new families who often have no idea what those first few weeks looked like, but many sadly see the repercussions via costly vet bills or emotional distress caused by a sick puppy,” she explained and added that if you are suspicious you’ve been the victim of the illegal puppy trade, you can report it here.

On the other hand, “not all cases have been negative; for many rescue centers, they have seen dogs and cats that had previously been overlooked find the loving homes they longed for. However you acquire a new pet, FOUR PAWS urges long considerations about whether now is the right time, if that is the right animal for you, and to remember that it is a lifelong commitment.”

#16

First Photo Is One Year Ago When We Got Him From The Shelter - Insecure And Nervous. Many Hikes And Plays Later - He's The King Of Our Home. Dude's First Adoptiversary!

First Photo Is One Year Ago When We Got Him From The Shelter - Insecure And Nervous. Many Hikes And Plays Later - He's The King Of Our Home. Dude's First Adoptiversary!

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Deborah B
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2 weeks ago

That first pic got me; you can tell he expects nothing good from people.

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#17

I Adopted This Baby From The Dominican Republic 1 Month Ago- My Mom Didn't Believe Me That It Was The Same Dog. I Named Him Remi And He Suffered From Mange And Malnutrition, Not Anymore!

I Adopted This Baby From The Dominican Republic 1 Month Ago- My Mom Didn't Believe Me That It Was The Same Dog. I Named Him Remi And He Suffered From Mange And Malnutrition, Not Anymore!

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

Remi is the picture of health and happiness.

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#18

Olly Was Rescued By A Group In South Korea That Rescues Dogs Held By Restaurants (To Be Eaten) And From Other Bad Situations. He Was Unlikely To Be Adopted There Because His Bald Spot & He’s A Dark, Mixed Breed. They Sent Him To A Rescue In Our City. Adopted Him Over 2 Years Ago

Olly Was Rescued By A Group In South Korea That Rescues Dogs Held By Restaurants (To Be Eaten) And From Other Bad Situations. He Was Unlikely To Be Adopted There Because His Bald Spot & He’s A Dark, Mixed Breed. They Sent Him To A Rescue In Our City. Adopted Him Over 2 Years Ago

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TmKhr
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2 weeks ago

He looks so happy in the second pic :D

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#19

The Day We Met And Present Day. 11 Years Later

The Day We Met And Present Day. 11 Years Later

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Pure joy. In spite of everything. And because of everything.

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#20

I Was Told Y’all Would Love This Survivors Big Beautiful Smile! In Order To Really Appreciate It You Need To See What He Looked Like The Day He Was Rescued. Best Smile Ever

I Was Told Y’all Would Love This Survivors Big Beautiful Smile! In Order To Really Appreciate It You Need To See What He Looked Like The Day He Was Rescued. Best Smile Ever

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

From Poor baby to Rich and happy baby!

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#21

Meet Bebe: Rescued After Being Thrown Out Of A Moving Car And 5 Years Later Is My Music Buddy

Meet Bebe: Rescued After Being Thrown Out Of A Moving Car And 5 Years Later Is My Music Buddy

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Seán Baron
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Bebe is rockin those headphones.

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#22

Found In Plastic Bag And Now She Found Away To Our Home And Heart

Found In Plastic Bag And Now She Found Away To Our Home And Heart

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Alicia Butterfield
Community Member
2 weeks ago

My god - to do that to an innocent puppy you would have something seriously wrong with you. Wishing terrible karma on that person.

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#23

He Was Scared Of Crates, Brooms, Gloves, And Walking Anywhere New Or Loud. Now He’s A Happy Adventure Dog Who Loves Every Person And Animal He Meets

He Was Scared Of Crates, Brooms, Gloves, And Walking Anywhere New Or Loud. Now He’s A Happy Adventure Dog Who Loves Every Person And Animal He Meets

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Someone made him afraid of everything, You made him unafraid with love!

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#24

Went From Crouching In Fear From Anyone Raising There Voice To Shamelessly Begging For Treats In Less Than A Year

Went From Crouching In Fear From Anyone Raising There Voice To Shamelessly Begging For Treats In Less Than A Year

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Adoration and treats will do it every time!

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#25

My Sweet Girl, When She Won Me In Nov '19 Versus Apr '20

My Sweet Girl, When She Won Me In Nov '19 Versus Apr '20

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Despair to pure joy!

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#26

Found My Girl On My Way To Work One Day, A Rural Dirt Road In The Middle Of Nowhere. It’s Obvious Someone Has Hit Her In The Past So I Think She Was Abandoned There. She Is Now Our Sweet Nipsy And Lives With Us On Our Farm

Found My Girl On My Way To Work One Day, A Rural Dirt Road In The Middle Of Nowhere. It’s Obvious Someone Has Hit Her In The Past So I Think She Was Abandoned There. She Is Now Our Sweet Nipsy And Lives With Us On Our Farm

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Nipsy the Void with the pinky tongue lol. She's sweet :)

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#27

Happy Girl Gingko With Us For 9 Months!

Happy Girl Gingko With Us For 9 Months!

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

OMG she's GORGEOUS! What a beautiful girl!

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#28

From Dumped In The Road, To Home Sweet Home! This Is Birch Baby!

From Dumped In The Road, To Home Sweet Home! This Is Birch Baby!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This is a true Road Warrior just add respect and love and mix well!

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#29

We Got Her At 2.5 As A Foster When She Was Used As A Bait Dog, Eating Zip Ties, And Had A Crushed Hip Joint. Now She Has Had One Best Friend (Who Passed Last Year) And Now Is The Best Friend Of Our Newest Rescue Lindsie!

We Got Her At 2.5 As A Foster When She Was Used As A Bait Dog, Eating Zip Ties, And Had A Crushed Hip Joint. Now She Has Had One Best Friend (Who Passed Last Year) And Now Is The Best Friend Of Our Newest Rescue Lindsie!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Add a little adoration and a new treasure you get adoration.

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#30

2017-2020. Help Them Flourish And Enjoy The View When They Bloom. It Will Always Be Worth It

2017-2020. Help Them Flourish And Enjoy The View When They Bloom. It Will Always Be Worth It

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

There's always a beautiful soul in there. It's up to us to see that and help them feel secure enough to show that radiating from inside to out.

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#31

Our Rescue Dog Holly! The Day We Got Her vs. 8 Years Later

Our Rescue Dog Holly! The Day We Got Her vs. 8 Years Later

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Michelle M
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

...and 8 years later, we discovered Holly's true identity. It's mother was a reindeer and father was a dog!

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#32

This Is Hana. We Rescued Her From A Shelter Two Years And A Half Ago. On The Left Is How The Shelter's Volunteers Found Her, Wandering In The Woods. On The Right Is How She Looks Now. Best Decision Of My Life

This Is Hana. We Rescued Her From A Shelter Two Years And A Half Ago. On The Left Is How The Shelter's Volunteers Found Her, Wandering In The Woods. On The Right Is How She Looks Now. Best Decision Of My Life

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Brian Bennett
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2 weeks ago

Wanderlust is no good for man nor beast without the element of hugs of love!

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#33

Adoption Update! When We Brought Her Home, 1 Day Later, 1 Week Later

Adoption Update! When We Brought Her Home, 1 Day Later, 1 Week Later

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Kio!
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Happy doggo

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#34

Oliver Was Underweight, Had Mange, A Distended Belly And We Were Told He Might Fail To Thrive. He’s 8 Months Old Today And Hasn’t Stop Growing!

Oliver Was Underweight, Had Mange, A Distended Belly And We Were Told He Might Fail To Thrive. He’s 8 Months Old Today And Hasn’t Stop Growing!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Oliver had no failure in his eyes then and definitely none now! Thank you from Oliver!

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#35

Piggie In The Shelter & Piggie On His Couch After Adoption

Piggie In The Shelter & Piggie On His Couch After Adoption

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Abhinc
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2 weeks ago

i love the "his" couch thing !! did anybody say spoiled dog ?? lol

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#36

Ivy Grimm Went From A Sickly Street Dog To A Spoiled And Healthy 9 Month Old

Ivy Grimm Went From A Sickly Street Dog To A Spoiled And Healthy 9 Month Old

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Aren't I bootiful?

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#37

Brought Chino Home As A Foster To Get Through Leg Amputation And He Ended Up Never Leaving. Happy 1 Year Since You Got Your Leg Chopped Off And Found Your Forever Family!

Brought Chino Home As A Foster To Get Through Leg Amputation And He Ended Up Never Leaving. Happy 1 Year Since You Got Your Leg Chopped Off And Found Your Forever Family!

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Michelle M
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

I hope you put a hook on it's stump/s and eyepatch on an eye for Halloween. Ahoy captain Chino. ^_^

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#38

My First Foster Failure Lala. First Pic Is How She Was Found Chained Under A Back Yard Table For 6 Months, Her Owners Wanted To Euthanize Because Of Her Mange. Next Pic Is Her At The Rescue, And Finally, 6 Years Later Of A Life Filled With Love!

My First Foster Failure Lala. First Pic Is How She Was Found Chained Under A Back Yard Table For 6 Months, Her Owners Wanted To Euthanize Because Of Her Mange. Next Pic Is Her At The Rescue, And Finally, 6 Years Later Of A Life Filled With Love!

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Brian Bennett
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2 weeks ago

A lot of man kind is not kind but you are the type of mankind we should all be!

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#39

My Little Old Man, Buck. Started Fostering December 12, Adopted Christmas Eve! One Look Into His Eyes Melted My Heart. Adopting Him Was By Far The Best Part Of My 2020

My Little Old Man, Buck. Started Fostering December 12, Adopted Christmas Eve! One Look Into His Eyes Melted My Heart. Adopting Him Was By Far The Best Part Of My 2020

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That is a VORTEX OF PATS

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#40

Three Months Later

Three Months Later

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Turn that frown (actually whole dog) upside down!

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