A new challenge has just emerged on TikTok and let's hope it continues for as long as the platform is online. It started when user Alexa posted a video, saying "Show me what your dog looked like in their shelter picture versus now." She even went first herself and introduced everyone to her goofy pet!

People immediately answered Alexa's call to action. Everyone who got their dogs from shelters started posting heartwarming pics of their animals, liking each other's content, and just having a good time. I bet it's stuff like this the Internet was created for.

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Koda Bear Is A Very Happy Pup Now

Koda Bear Is A Very Happy Pup Now

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HereForTheLaughs
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2 months ago

He's smiling!

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According to Best Friends Animal Society, pets are relinquished to shelters for reasons related to the owner's circumstances at roughly a ratio of 2 to 1 as compared to reasons specific to the animal. Unlike what many may believe, the animal's behavior is not a leading reason for surrender.

Luckily, more and more of us are willing to adopt shelter animals. The organization estimates that 79% of the 5.4 million cats and dogs that entered US shelters were saved in 2019, compared to only 50% in 2014.

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So Glad Dobby Came Into My Life!! Big Thank You To

So Glad Dobby Came Into My Life!! Big Thank You To

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Oh, poor Dobby! The before photo is absolutely tragic.

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As you can see, a lot of dogs featured in this list arrived at shelters in very poor health. Malnourishment, skin diseases, bacterial infections—these are just a few common problems pups face while they live in the streets.

However, even with all the love, care, attention, and enrichment from volunteers and staff at a rescue or shelter, the kennel environment is extremely stressful for most dogs, Marissa Sunny, CPDT-KA and senior dog lifesaving specialist at Best Friends Animal Society, told Bored Panda.

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From Kill Shelter To Furever Home

From Kill Shelter To Furever Home

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Those sad eyes shoot straight through the heart. I'm so glad that someone saved him/her.

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"They are likely suffering from anxiety and frustration from seeing and hearing other dogs all day without being able to interact," Sunny explained.

"Dogs in the shelter have very little autonomy to make choices, as well as not being able to relax and sleep soundly with all the noise and commotion. While we all do our best to take wonderful care of all the dogs, a shelter environment will never be ideal for any animal."

#4

A Good Bubba

A Good Bubba

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embarrassed american
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2 months ago

How did the dog survive?!

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#5

Pandora Became Penny!

Pandora Became Penny!

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

That almost doesn't even look like the same dog. What a bad case of mange. Good going, Penny!

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Understanding this is crucial for people who are looking to adopt a dog, as the animal might need some time to adapt once they join their new family. "The best thing to do when bringing a dog home is to give them time to decompress," Sunny said. "Their whole world just shifted to a much better, but completely different environment. Creating a routine and structure for them while also slowly introducing new things—like people and animal friends—is extremely beneficial for them."

Sunny said their personality will begin to come out little by little over the coming weeks as they decompress, bond, and become comfortable.

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Rescue Dog

Rescue Dog

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Oh, dear. Are those ribs sticking out of its side? That's so painful to see. I'm glad it's doing better.

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From Fresno Bully Rescue To Now Almost 5 Years Later!

From Fresno Bully Rescue To Now Almost 5 Years Later!

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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2 months ago

look at that smile. he's handsome and he knows it.

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But once they do, you have a new friend for life! Pet adoption makes sense for many reasons. First are foremost, you are saving a life. Even if you adopt from an organization that has a no-kill policy, you will be helping to rescue another animal by making space available at the shelter.

You will also save yourself money because adoption costs less than buying an animal from a pet shop or a breeder.

#8

Shelter vs. Now

Shelter vs. Now

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Danielle Batstone
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2 months ago

Awwww

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#9

One Heck Of A Glow-Up If You Ask Me

One Heck Of A Glow-Up If You Ask Me

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

If they kill animals it should not be called a shelter.

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Plus, by adopting rather than buying a new companion animal, you will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeding of puppies and kittens. Each year, millions of healthy animal lives are destroyed in shelters simply because there are not enough homes for all of them.

To learn more about animal adoption, visit Best Friends Animal Society. They have informative, easy-to-understand articles on all aspects of the process!

#10

The Glow Up Is Real

The Glow Up Is Real

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Those eyes are mesmerising

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#11

Shelter vs. Now

Shelter vs. Now

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Random panda
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2 months ago

Such a good boi

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#12

Rescue Dog

Rescue Dog

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Bunny Wood
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2 months ago

What a transformation. Dogs are wonderful

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#13

Miracle Dog

Miracle Dog

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Whimsy
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2 months ago

Poor baby

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#14

...and That’s On Adopting. Love Works Wonders

...and That’s On Adopting. Love Works Wonders

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Liz the Wanderer
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2 months ago

Now he owns the world!

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#15

Heartly Loves Her Pink Pj’s

Heartly Loves Her Pink Pj’s

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MustardLemon
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2 months ago

AWW this makes me so happy!

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#16

My Rescue Stella

My Rescue Stella

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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
2 months ago

oh my. those curves! she's gorgeous.

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#17

Love Of My Life

Love Of My Life

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Danielle Batstone
Community Member
2 months ago

Fur-fect

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#18

She Had A Bit Of A Glow Up

She Had A Bit Of A Glow Up

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

It's so nice to see a happy, happy doggo.

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#19

I’m So Proud Of My Boy

I’m So Proud Of My Boy

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R L
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2 months ago

I would be proud of him too

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#20

Loml. Smiley Boy Who Stole My Heart

Loml. Smiley Boy Who Stole My Heart

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

So handsome. So much happier.

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#21

Sick Pup To Beautiful Happy Boy

Sick Pup To Beautiful Happy Boy

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Whimsy
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2 months ago

Really beautiful, look at those eyes~

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#22

My Glow Up!!

My Glow Up!!

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Becky Moore
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2 months ago

He looks like he's off hiking in the photo on the right! :D

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#23

Shelter vs. Now

Shelter vs. Now

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
2 months ago

So much love and happiness!! Thank you!

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#24

From The Shelter To Having His Own Army

From The Shelter To Having His Own Army

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Danielle Batstone
Community Member
2 months ago

First But also That is the cutest pup I have seen

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#25

Selly’s Transformation

Selly’s Transformation

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Becky Moore
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2 months ago

This breaks my heart. Poor little puppet

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#26

We’re Still Working On Some Things, But He’s Been Ours Since We Saw Him

We’re Still Working On Some Things, But He’s Been Ours Since We Saw Him

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Doggo just needed the right family and home to thrive. Good job!

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#27

Winnie Joined Our Family On September 30, 2020 She’s An Angel! Today She Is 6 Months Old!

Winnie Joined Our Family On September 30, 2020 She’s An Angel! Today She Is 6 Months Old!

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sturmwesen
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2 months ago

She even has her own wings

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#28

Rescue Dog

Rescue Dog

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shonie
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2 months ago

ERRR

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#29

Chiuahua Rescue

Chiuahua Rescue

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

You can really see her pain in the first picture... I hope she is doing better now!

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#30

My Little Monky Lilac She Was Rescued In Georgia. Found On The Side Of Road With Freshly Cropped Ears At 9 Months And Broken Leg From Car

My Little Monky Lilac She Was Rescued In Georgia. Found On The Side Of Road With Freshly Cropped Ears At 9 Months And Broken Leg From Car

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

I love the dress.

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#31

Tater Tot's Story Just Fits So Well With These Trend

Tater Tot's Story Just Fits So Well With These Trend

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Is Tater Tot still recovering? Beautiful markings.

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#32

Rescued My Baby From Romania 9 Years Ago

Rescued My Baby From Romania 9 Years Ago

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Ezra Matson
Community Member
2 months ago

aww poor baby!

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#33

Rescue Dog

Rescue Dog

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Kawaii Hippotato
Community Member
2 months ago

Such a pampered floof now

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#34

A Very Happy Dog

A Very Happy Dog

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Ezra Matson
Community Member
2 months ago

aww

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#35

Love My Sweet Girl Nova

Love My Sweet Girl Nova

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Kim Irving
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2 months ago

So very handsome.

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#36

He Looks Like A Completely Different Boy

He Looks Like A Completely Different Boy

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Whimsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww, little wolverine~

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#37

Macey Scared Potato vs. Happy Potato

Macey Scared Potato vs. Happy Potato

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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2 months ago

u adopted a dog and now u have a reindeer.

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#38

Shelter Pic —> Now. Seriously The Most Loved Dog In The World

Shelter Pic —> Now. Seriously The Most Loved Dog In The World

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RandomHumanBean
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2 months ago

smoil

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#39

Got Him From A Rescue Not A Shelter But I Think You Can Tell How Happy He Got

Got Him From A Rescue Not A Shelter But I Think You Can Tell How Happy He Got

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Brutus looks so confident and at home.

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#40

I Got So Emo Making This

I Got So Emo Making This

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2 months ago

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