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Domestic pets are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, so it can be heartwrenching when they suffer due to human malice or negligence. Conversely, however, the stories of their rescue, adoption and recovery can be inspiring and heartwarming. That’s what the /r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit is all about.

The subreddit actually accepts photos of all pets, but we’d like to give a special shoutout to the cats today that are living their best lives thanks to their loving owners’ care. If you need a pick-me-up or to restore your faith in humanity’s kindness and love, then this one’s for you!

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Biscuit: Best Thing I Ever Got From A Whataburger

Biscuit: Best Thing I Ever Got From A Whataburger

He lived on the Texas streets for 2-3 years and survived the big freeze. So happy my son wanted 'Whataburger' that night at 1 am and I am so happy I said I would take him. Biscuit is the most spoiled now

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He Was Actually The One Who Saved Me

He Was Actually The One Who Saved Me

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Adopting a cat is a noble decision, but it’s also one that cannot be taken lightly. It is likely that adopting a cat will require more effort on your part than accepting a young kitten or a house-broken adolescent, so weigh the decision and discuss it with your local shelter before proceeding.

If you’ve made up your mind, that means you’ve decided to do something beautiful and to accept some love into your life. With that being said, here are some tips for accepting a rescued cat into your home.

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My Most Recent Rescue Baby Merlin's Before And After, Cannot Thank The Rescue Center We Adopted From Enough

My Most Recent Rescue Baby Merlin's Before And After, Cannot Thank The Rescue Center We Adopted From Enough

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Gigner Old Cat That We Rescued In 2022. Now He Is Adopted

Gigner Old Cat That We Rescued In 2022. Now He Is Adopted

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

‘Um, excuse me. A little privacy please. I’m having a bath!’

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My Sweet Orange Boy

My Sweet Orange Boy

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

The second photo makes me so happy, he definitely needed you

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Age matters: Kittens and mature cats are both good options, but each has their pros and cons. Mature cats are likely to already be housebroken, but they can also have learned behaviors, stress responses, and preferences that are incompatible with your home or lifestyle. Kittens are unlikely to have these issues, but they will require the same sort of work that any other kitten requires - housetraining.

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She Was Found Tiny And Sick On The Streets Of Brooklyn And She’s Now The Biggest Personality And The Sweetest Baby

She Was Found Tiny And Sick On The Streets Of Brooklyn And She’s Now The Biggest Personality And The Sweetest Baby

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When I Was Asked To Take This Girl, I Was Told The Vet Didn't Think She Had A Chance

When I Was Asked To Take This Girl, I Was Told The Vet Didn't Think She Had A Chance

She was found on the highway, burned paws, emaciated, alone. After multiple vet stays, 24 hour care at my house, she went into rescue and was adopted! This is why I rescue/foster on my own. I won't give up!

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

You saved that pretty girl and didn't give up, now she has a home. wonderful

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Meet Lina. From A Scrawny Kitten With Fleas To Current Polite Angel

Meet Lina. From A Scrawny Kitten With Fleas To Current Polite Angel

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Illnesses: Cats who’ve suffered from neglect or abuse may have a number of health issues that can make ownership more complicated. Every cat is viable for adoption, but please consult with your shelter and/or a vet to determine whether or not you will be capable of providing the cat with what it needs to live a healthy life. In addition to visible traumas, cats that’ve spent time in poor conditions/outdoors may have parasites or illnesses that they can bring home. These illnesses may affect you or other pets you already have, but most can be screened for by a vet.

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Reeves Was Found After He Was Attacked By A Bobcat

Reeves Was Found After He Was Attacked By A Bobcat

I called the vet when I was on my way in. I didnt think he would make it to the vet. 2 vets told me to put him down but 1 was willing to try! After vet stays and physical therapy he recovered and was adopted

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From Terrified Orphan Stray To Fluffy Queen In One Year

From Terrified Orphan Stray To Fluffy Queen In One Year

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Nimbus Glowed Up

Nimbus Glowed Up

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Be sensitive: Every cat needs an adjustment period when moving into a new home, but this is especially the case for a shelter cat that may have come from an abusive situation. Give it a small part of your home to call its own and let it expand to other parts of your house on its own when it feels ready.

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This Little Guy Was Left Alone In The Rain

This Little Guy Was Left Alone In The Rain

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Barn Cat To Lap Cat

Barn Cat To Lap Cat

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

Living their best life, you can tell how appreciative they are <3

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Set up ahead of time: Many cats will seek out a safe place out of sight as soon as you let them loose in their new home. Make sure that when they arrive, there’s already a full water and food bowl and prepped kitty litter waiting for them to see and investigate.

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Today Marks One Month Since I Started Fostering Baby Gremlin! I Know It’s Not Technically An Adoption, But It Will Be Once He’s Neutered!

Today Marks One Month Since I Started Fostering Baby Gremlin! I Know It’s Not Technically An Adoption, But It Will Be Once He’s Neutered!

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I Found This Guy Living In My Storage Shed. After Some Much Needed Dental Surgery And Months Of Living Indoors, He’s A New Man

I Found This Guy Living In My Storage Shed. After Some Much Needed Dental Surgery And Months Of Living Indoors, He’s A New Man

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Give them space: Cats are cautious and territorial, so moving to a new home is a very stressful time for them. Keep in mind that you are probably quite new to them as well. It is totally normal if your cat spends several days hidden or extremely cautious as they get used to their new life. During this period, it’s important to give them space so they can observe you and your home from a place where they feel safe.

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Spent A Week Driving An Hour Each Way To Trap This Guy!

Spent A Week Driving An Hour Each Way To Trap This Guy!

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Before And Current Of This Rescue Boy Otto

Before And Current Of This Rescue Boy Otto

I was 5 hours away when I saw the fb plea for helped and arranged transport to the vet and boarding and medical help until I got home 5 days later. He is thriving with care, food, love and medication and his eye looks so good!

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Bulka Cat. I Rescued Her In 2021 She Was Suffering From Frozen Pregnancy And Pyometra. When I First Saw Her She Was Dieing. The Vet Gave Her 1 Percent From 100 To Survive But She Was A Fighter

Bulka Cat. I Rescued Her In 2021 She Was Suffering From Frozen Pregnancy And Pyometra. When I First Saw Her She Was Dieing. The Vet Gave Her 1 Percent From 100 To Survive But She Was A Fighter

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Provide a safe space: Many experts advise “quarantining” a small part of your home to become your cat’s first stepping stone to the rest of your home. Think of it as breaking down the work of acclimating to your home into more manageable, bite-sized pieces. Once they’re ready, they’ll ask to investigate other parts of your home by meowing or pawwing the door. This tactic is especially important for isolating your cat from other pets so they don’t disrupt the acclimatization process too much.

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Found Him In A Parking Lot, He’s Sleeping A Lot More Comfortably Now

Found Him In A Parking Lot, He’s Sleeping A Lot More Comfortably Now

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My First Bottle Baby Foster Kittens After A Neighbor Found Them In A Rainstorm vs. Four Months Later In Their Forever Home!

My First Bottle Baby Foster Kittens After A Neighbor Found Them In A Rainstorm vs. Four Months Later In Their Forever Home!

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Ten Years Ago Today I Went For A Walk And Came Home With A Kitten. From Tiny And Dirty To Large And In Charge: Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Melvin!

Ten Years Ago Today I Went For A Walk And Came Home With A Kitten. From Tiny And Dirty To Large And In Charge: Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Melvin!

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These are just a few key tips for managing the process. Make sure you remain in contact with your shelter and/or chosen veterinarian. This will make the process as stress-free as possible for both the cat and you. Once they’re ready, they’re likely to be a fluffy and affectionate friend for life!

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Before N After From Kitten To Cat

Before N After From Kitten To Cat

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Found This Baby Near The Stable Wandering Around And Crying, Now Look At This Beauty!!!

Found This Baby Near The Stable Wandering Around And Crying, Now Look At This Beauty!!!

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This Is Jonesy. He Had Been Thrown Into A Ditch. Here He Is Three Months Later

This Is Jonesy. He Had Been Thrown Into A Ditch. Here He Is Three Months Later

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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i cant believe people do this to animals :( its heartbreaking and some people are just... icky.

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We Found Little Otho At A Car Wash Back In October. Doesn't Even Look Like The Same Cat Now

We Found Little Otho At A Car Wash Back In October. Doesn't Even Look Like The Same Cat Now

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Believe Me, It’s The Same Cat!

Believe Me, It’s The Same Cat!

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