Approximately 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, of which about 1.6 million are adopted. By adopting, people are providing these majestic animals with the second chance they deserve. After all, many of them have been rescued from terrible circumstances such as cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, or their owners were simply no longer able to look after them.
One of the places that celebrate pets finding their new homes is the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption. There, owners share their heartwarming stories, often providing pictures of their new family members as well. Taken before and after their adoption, these images accentuate the amazing difference a loving family can make for an abandoned or mistreated animal.
Here are some of the cats featured on the subreddit.
Its Been A Year
Experts estimate that about 35% of all households in the United States have a cat. So my question to the rest of you is this: what are you waiting for? I'm joking, of course. Bringing home an animal is a big responsibility (which comes with many rewards), and should not be something you rush into. If you are unsure whether or not you are ready to make this move, check out this cat adoption checklist by American Humane and this cat care guide by ASPCA. They should give you the information you need to make up your mind.
Took A Chance, And Decided To Rehabilitate This Boy Instead Of Letting Him Be Put Down. One Of The Best Decisions Of My Life
In the meantime, check out other posts Bored Panda has done on the topic: in the past, we published before-and-after adoption photos of not only cats, but also dogs, and pretty much any pet that can end up in a shelter.
Let's end things off with a quote from Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO, that really puts things into perspective: "Helping vulnerable animals and keeping pets in safe and loving homes requires a commitment from all of us—advocates, pet owners, shelters, leaders, and entire communities. When we work together under a common cause, we're both saving lives and elevating our society and its laws to ensure cruelty victims and other at-risk animals receive the protection and care they deserve."
What A Foster Home Can Do For A Sick Cat...now Misza Is Enjoying His Cat Retirement After Being A Neglected Feral For 15 Years
Toby And Quinton Were Rescued Together And Adopted As A Bonded Pair. Toby Has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome And Quinton Was Toothless. They Became Brave And Happy . Quinton Passed Away Recently, I'm So Glad We Had Him For The Time We Did And He Passed Knowing We Would Keep His Best Friend Safe
8 Years Ago Today The Triplets Were Born. From Bottle Feeding Every 3 Hours, To Beautiful Lazy Babies. Bob, Possum, And Arwyn Made Me The Crazy Cat Lady I Am Today
Before And After. What A Transformation!
Bones Had Some Issues With Ringworm When We First Found Him (~8 Weeks), But He’s All Better Now (2 Years)!
A Local Vet Treated This Rescued Stray From A Bad Case Of Fungus/Ringworm Few Months Ago. Look At Her Now
Our Kitty Was Already An Adult In The Photo On The Left. A 6 Month Glow Up
My Mom Is A Realtor. She Went To Show An Empty House And Found That The Previous Owners Had Left Something Behind
After checking with the listing agent and finding out that the person who had loved her was deceased, she went back and brought her home. Name suggestions are welcome
Two Months Ago I Found Him Mangled, Probably Had Been Run Over, And Almost Dead Due To Dehydration. Vets Had To Amputate One Of His Front Legs And Tail. Today We Finally Took The Cone Of Shame Off And Let Him Chill With Us On The Bed
Rey When I Found Her On The Street And At 1 Year Old. Good Job, Baby Girl!
Two Months Of Love Changed Mr. Biscuits
Found This Girl In November 2019
She walked right up to the door of my job. I posted on social media seeing if anyone would claim her, but someone said she looked like a stray that hung around the dumpster outside his job. I named her Hops after the restaurant. She’s now chunky and happy
From Being Found In Our Woodshed Two Years Ago With Wounds The Vet Believes Was From A Coyote , To Yesterday A Happy Healthy House Kitty. Meet Chip!
I Found This Kitten Dumped In The Middle Of A Road Too Weak And Hungry To Get To Safety. The Photo On The Right Is What 6 Days Of Cuddles By The Fireplace, Lots Of Food And A Cosy Bed Can Do
When We Got Hilda She Was Very Underweight After Having Recently Given Birth; Somewhere In The Last 6 Months She Turned Into A Long Haired Beauty Queen!
Apollo Has Given Us Just As Much As We Have Been Able To Give Him
After 6 Months Spent In A Shelter, They Thought He Would Never Get Adopted Due To Him Having Fiv. Now He's Been My Bud For Over A Year And Living His Best Life
2 Years Ago Today I Walked Into A Petsmart And Met A Cat Named Sonny
No one would adopt because he was 13 years old, covered in fleas, underweight, and had a mouth full of rotten teeth that had to be removed. He came home with me that night and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.