It’s that blessed time of the month again when Bored Panda makes you smile with heartwarming photos of rescue pets, as they're being welcomed with open arms by their loving new owners leading them to their forever homes. We’ve collected some of the fluffiest and cutest pics of pets getting adopted and we hope they’ll keep you warm as August gives way to Fall.

Remember to upvote your fave animal photos and post your own rescue pet pics in the comment section! In case you need some extra wholesomeness and warmth today, we invite you to look through our previous animal rescue posts from July, June, May, April, March, February, and January. 2020 might be a difficult year, but it’s been great for pets in shelters, don’t you think?

Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the Arizona Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals about adopting pets and making them feel right at home.

#1

Ntbd But This Tiny Doom Came Home With Me From The Shelter Today

Ntbd But This Tiny Doom Came Home With Me From The Shelter Today

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Iggy
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2 months ago

My favourite kind of doom!

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I Rescued The Cat Off The Street. Photos Before And After. One Year Difference

I Rescued The Cat Off The Street. Photos Before And After. One Year Difference

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SmurfByTheBay
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2 months ago

Majestic af.

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#3

Charlie! He Was My Sober Gift To Myself. 130 Days Alcohol Free Today

Charlie! He Was My Sober Gift To Myself. 130 Days Alcohol Free Today

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Lisa loves cats
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2 months ago

Aw! Congrats!

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Kelsey Dickerson, AHS’ Media Relations Specialist, told us that when welcoming a new pet into our homes, it’s essential to realize that each and every animal is different and will go at their own pace.

“Although we may be ready to welcome our pets with open arms and lots of cuddles, our pets may not be on that level yet so it is important to give them time and space to acclimate to their new surroundings, becoming comfortable in the home and have time to decompress and de-stress if needed,” she pointed out that we have to be very patient and understanding of our rescue pets.

#4

Lolita’s First Night At Home!

Lolita’s First Night At Home!

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Grateful Blep

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Colby = Biggest Love Muffin Ever. All He Wants Is Pets. ...but People Are Usually Afraid Of Him. So, He'll Just Stare At You In Adoration Until You Pet Him. Rescue Doggo

Colby = Biggest Love Muffin Ever. All He Wants Is Pets. ...but People Are Usually Afraid Of Him. So, He'll Just Stare At You In Adoration Until You Pet Him. Rescue Doggo

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Lady Phoenixx
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2 months ago

Pitbulls are not a bad breed . Bad owners on the other hand 😠

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#6

This Little Cutie Climbed Up On Me While I Applied To Adopt Her

This Little Cutie Climbed Up On Me While I Applied To Adopt Her

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SmurfByTheBay
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2 months ago

You were chosen.

E Menendez
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2 months ago

It is such an honor!

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Erika Jones
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2 months ago

She has already adopted you!

glowworm2
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2 months ago

She knew she was getting you!

CincyReds
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2 months ago

That is just too sweet!

Lori Harris
Community Member
2 months ago

Better safe than sorry, it would take a cold dead heart to reject this.

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you for adopting a full-grown cat. I feel like they get looked over when there's kittens.

Azure Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Owned

Chlover
Community Member
2 months ago

The chosen hooman

Blackheart
Community Member
2 months ago

Stakin' claim

Laila sinke
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2 months ago

just incase he tries to leave

Laila sinke
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2 months ago

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Kaitlyn Linde
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2 months ago

Aww she can tell you are hers.

Tracy DeWire Steffen
Community Member
2 months ago

You are her man!

Kurt van Veen
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s how I picked one of my cats. I walked in to the room with a bunch of kittens at the shelter and she jumped on my shoulder and stayed there. She picked me!

Mia
Community Member
2 months ago

That's amazing! They just sense your energy and thats how it happens!

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Carol Tocci
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2 months ago

You are Home!

Bonnie Young Mulvaney
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1 month ago

❤️

Faith Nicole
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2 months ago

Aww. ♡

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

She knew and need to make sure you did not leave without her. She won too!

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

"Got to make myself comfortable before you change your mind. Ah. Much better. Best position in the world."

Squee
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw, that's so sweet!

Shelley DuVal
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2 months ago

This is mi hoomun! purrrrrr

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
2 months ago

"ur mine now"

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
2 months ago

You are her human. She chose you.

Brenda Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

You have been adopted, too!

Anna Dimino
Community Member
2 months ago

Instance love.

Janelle Collard
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

"I pick you. You are now my hooman."

Christine Packard Didier
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope you know you cannot disturb the sleeping baby, you'll have to walk around like that until she wakes up. Good luck driving home.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
2 months ago

You are a great man.

Bill Bendick
Community Member
2 months ago

I think she pick you, not you picking her ! lol

Burtine Kendall
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks as if you have a buddy.

ML
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2 months ago

That is love on the first sight

ArhomR
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2 months ago

Good match. She loves you already!

Connie Bonneville
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup. This was my Lucy. She claimed me

Rebecca Nava
Community Member
2 months ago

Love!

ERIN W.
Community Member
2 months ago

She seems like she'll make you a pretty darn goos friend! She's lucky you rescued her!

Nikki Cooper
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2 months ago

she chose him

LindaS
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2 months ago

You're blessed

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Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help this process along. “Make sure your pet has a comfortable, safe, and quiet space they know they can go if they need time away or time to themselves. If there are young children in the house, it also is important to ensure that they understand the do’s and don’ts of interacting with pets (i.e. letting pets come up to you for pets/cuddles, don’t get too close to their face, don’t interfere with feeding times, etc.).”

Welcoming new pets into their new forever homes means taking care of their physical and mental needs, too. So have lots of fresh food, water, and proper shelter prepared in advance. Also try to have a safe space for your new pet, some toys, treats, and (most importantly)—plenty of love and care.

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Sugar The Kitten Loved Spca Staff Member Glenn So Much And She Would Always Cry For His Attention. So, He Had To Take Her Home!

Sugar The Kitten Loved Spca Staff Member Glenn So Much And She Would Always Cry For His Attention. So, He Had To Take Her Home!

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Glenn: Employee of the Month forever

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#8

Albert’s Reaction To Being Broken Out Of The Shelter..... He Could Not Stop Smiling

Albert’s Reaction To Being Broken Out Of The Shelter..... He Could Not Stop Smiling

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

What a sweet boy Albert is!

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#9

Charlie Before And After His Adoption

Charlie Before And After His Adoption

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SmurfByTheBay
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2 months ago

Sunshine fresh

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Kelsey from the Arizona Humane Society said that adoption doesn’t just add a furry friend to your family; it also supports your local animal shelters in their mission to save lives.

“When looking to adopt a pet, it is extremely important to do your research about not only the type of pet you’d like but also the care and needs of that particular pet. Many shelters and rescues are very open and transparent about a pet’s medical and behavioral background, so it is important to fully understand what a pet will need to ensure it has the best quality of life with your family. If you have questions about a pet’s history or the care it will need moving forward, do not be shy to ask the adoption’s counselors or employees helping you with the adoption process,” she explained.

#10

My Friend Adopted This Cutie

My Friend Adopted This Cutie

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Francis
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2 months ago

i love his colours and the patterns!

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#11

We've Adopted An Idiot. A Dramatic Idiot

We've Adopted An Idiot. A Dramatic Idiot

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

I love him.

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#12

This Is My First Ever Pet That’s All Mine! Not My Brothers. Not My Parents. Not My Kids. Now My (Now Ex) Husband. All Mine! Y’all Meet Cordelia Rose. A Rescue That’s Stolen My Heart!

This Is My First Ever Pet That’s All Mine! Not My Brothers. Not My Parents. Not My Kids. Now My (Now Ex) Husband. All Mine! Y’all Meet Cordelia Rose. A Rescue That’s Stolen My Heart!

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

She's soooo cute!

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Kelsey added that it’s vital to be realistic about what you can provide your future best buddy “in terms of resources, space, time, and any ongoing medical or behavioral care it may need.” So a husky puppy will need completely different care from a fully-grown cat. And a rabbit will have different needs from a guinea pig.

“At the end of the day, it is OK if you decide you are not ready to commit to adopting. There are many different ways you can still support your local rescues and shelters and help save the lives of pets that don’t directly involve adopting including volunteering, fostering, becoming a donor, and advocating for strong animal protection laws.”

#13

One Day After We Rescued Her On The Verge Of Dying Versus One Month Later I Love Her So Much

One Day After We Rescued Her On The Verge Of Dying Versus One Month Later I Love Her So Much

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Bless your heart.

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#14

1 Month Of Being Adopted, Already My Best Bud!

1 Month Of Being Adopted, Already My Best Bud!

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Karen White
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2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous

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#15

Everyone Meet Lily. She’s A Stray That Adopted My Husband And I Today. He’s Not A Cat Person But She Won Him Over With That Adorable Look Of Love

Everyone Meet Lily. She’s A Stray That Adopted My Husband And I Today. He’s Not A Cat Person But She Won Him Over With That Adorable Look Of Love

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Everyone's a cat person, they just don't know it yet! ^.^

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Meanwhile, ASPCA Adoptions Promotions Manager Kelly DiCicco told Bored Panda that sometimes matches between shelter pets and new owners don’t work out and that’s ok.

“We encourage any pet owner looking to rehome an animal to first reach out to their local animal shelter, who can often provide assistance to enable the pet to stay in a safe and loving home,” DiCicco said.

“Even as they adapt their policies in response to COVID-19, animal welfare organizations are still following effective protocols to ensure pets match their adopters’ lifestyles and can stay with their owners, even when those owners return to a post-pandemic schedule.”

#16

‘I Just Couldn’t Resist’: Actor Dennis Quaid Is Adopting A Lynchburg Shelter Cat Named Dennis Quaid

‘I Just Couldn’t Resist’: Actor Dennis Quaid Is Adopting A Lynchburg Shelter Cat Named Dennis Quaid

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago (edited)

Human Dennis Quaid: "It was meant to be!" Feline Dennis Quaid: "Meh."

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#17

The Cat I Adopted While Thru Hiking The Appalachian Trail In 2017, "Odie". He Rode On My Pack Like This All Day And Napped, Or When He Wanted Down To Hike Or Use The Bathroom He'd Get Up And Meow In My Ear

The Cat I Adopted While Thru Hiking The Appalachian Trail In 2017, "Odie". He Rode On My Pack Like This All Day And Napped, Or When He Wanted Down To Hike Or Use The Bathroom He'd Get Up And Meow In My Ear

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Francis
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2 months ago

sooo you were a cat sherpa? :D

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#18

Always Wanted A Cat Growing Up But Wasn’t Allowed. Today At 30 I Adopted This 4 Year Old Kitty Named Draco!

Always Wanted A Cat Growing Up But Wasn’t Allowed. Today At 30 I Adopted This 4 Year Old Kitty Named Draco!

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Sarah Larson
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2 months ago

Yes

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She revealed that the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City hasn’t seen an increase in owner surrenders or stray intakes when compared to the same time period a year ago, in 2019. The same seems to be true for the rest of the country.

“However, during any disaster situation, there’s always a risk that pet owners will not be able to provide adequate care for their pets, so it's important for people, shelters, and communities to prepare for any animal welfare consequences that may result from this crisis.”

#19

This Was My Endgame When I Decided To Adopt A Pair Of Kittens

This Was My Endgame When I Decided To Adopt A Pair Of Kittens

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Remi Flynne
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2 months ago

You did good.

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#20

Became A Dog Dad Recently! Meet Ember!

Became A Dog Dad Recently! Meet Ember!

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Francis
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2 months ago

cutest blep!

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#21

This Is Shadow. My Parents Adopted Her Last Week. Her Tail Has Not Stopped Wagging Since (Evident By The Blur Right Behind Her)

This Is Shadow. My Parents Adopted Her Last Week. Her Tail Has Not Stopped Wagging Since (Evident By The Blur Right Behind Her)

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Ready for take off in 3, 2, 1 !

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#22

An Adopted 14-Year-Old Girl Is Helping Senior Dogs Find A Forever Home Just Like She Did

An Adopted 14-Year-Old Girl Is Helping Senior Dogs Find A Forever Home Just Like She Did

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Sarah Larson
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2 months ago

Wats name?

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#23

She Was Somehow The Last Of Her Litter To Be Adopted

She Was Somehow The Last Of Her Litter To Be Adopted

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Saving the best until last!

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#24

We Adopted This Sweet Old Man Last Week - Meet Woody!

We Adopted This Sweet Old Man Last Week - Meet Woody!

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Sheryl Logan
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2 months ago

Love the Keeshond! I rescued one 24 years ago and she left me 8 years ago best dog ever!!!

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#25

This Is Johnny, We Adopted Him From A Dog Shelter After Being With An Abusive Family For 12 Months. He Doesn't Trust Anyone, And Today Was The First Time He Agreed To Come To Work With Me

This Is Johnny, We Adopted Him From A Dog Shelter After Being With An Abusive Family For 12 Months. He Doesn't Trust Anyone, And Today Was The First Time He Agreed To Come To Work With Me

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Thank you for rescuing him. He will soon be your best friend furever.

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#26

Rescued Dove Learns To Eat By Watching Others. No More Force Feeding!

Rescued Dove Learns To Eat By Watching Others. No More Force Feeding!

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 months ago

i am impressed!

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#27

Three Weeks Since My Daughter Rescued Her....

Three Weeks Since My Daughter Rescued Her....

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Iggy
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2 months ago

There's some excellent care being given there. Such a transformation in 3 weeks.

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We Were Concerned That Our Corgi Wouldn’t Like The Stray Kitten We Rescued His Head Is Soaked From Our Corgi Grooming Him

We Were Concerned That Our Corgi Wouldn’t Like The Stray Kitten We Rescued His Head Is Soaked From Our Corgi Grooming Him

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Awwww... 🥰

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#29

Rescue Dogs Always Appreciate Their Humans

Rescue Dogs Always Appreciate Their Humans

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Virginia Stackhouse
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2 months ago

helllloooo hoooman!

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#30

I Keep Posting My New Baby Everywhere Cause I Am Just Too Proud Of Him! Here Is My Rescue Baby!

I Keep Posting My New Baby Everywhere Cause I Am Just Too Proud Of Him! Here Is My Rescue Baby!

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Oh! So cute! Is he a polydactyl? His paws look like he is.

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#31

Stray Dog Who Visited Car Dealership Every Day Gets Adopted And Lands Dream Job As A Greeter At The Dealership

Stray Dog Who Visited Car Dealership Every Day Gets Adopted And Lands Dream Job As A Greeter At The Dealership

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Henlo, fren! I'm here to make sure your car shopping experience isn't ruff!

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#32

We Just Adopted This Baby From A Pet Hoarding Situation With 300 Cats. She Is Only Two And Has Had 4 Litters. She Will Never Be Neglected Again. Meet Scarlet

We Just Adopted This Baby From A Pet Hoarding Situation With 300 Cats. She Is Only Two And Has Had 4 Litters. She Will Never Be Neglected Again. Meet Scarlet

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 months ago

i can tell she knows by the look in her eyes. so smart!

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#33

The Only Thing My GF Cared About When Moving To A New Appartment Was That She Could Finally Get A Cat. Say Hi To Iroh!

The Only Thing My GF Cared About When Moving To A New Appartment Was That She Could Finally Get A Cat. Say Hi To Iroh!

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Aldhissla VargTimmen
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2 months ago

Is he an uncle? (Quietly leaves the room, couldn't help myself)

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#34

Shortly After We Rescued Paul, Loving Cuddles Ensued

Shortly After We Rescued Paul, Loving Cuddles Ensued

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago (edited)

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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#35

I’ve Finally Become A Cat Owner! This Lovely Lady Is 12 Years Old And I Adopted Her Friday!

I’ve Finally Become A Cat Owner! This Lovely Lady Is 12 Years Old And I Adopted Her Friday!

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 months ago

bless your heart!

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#36

My GF And I Rescued This Little Guy Today.... Meet Max Everyone

My GF And I Rescued This Little Guy Today.... Meet Max Everyone

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Hi Max!

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#37

So, My Wife Adopted A Bunny. Turns Out The Bunny Was Pregnant

So, My Wife Adopted A Bunny. Turns Out The Bunny Was Pregnant

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

Bonus buns!

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#38

The Day We Brought Out New Puppy Home From The Spca

The Day We Brought Out New Puppy Home From The Spca

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Remi Flynne
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2 months ago

Aw, it's really going to be okay little one!

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#39

My Best Friend Passed Away A Couple Of Days Ago Due To Lupus. She Loved Cats And Wanted Me To Adopt One. So Here's Max

My Best Friend Passed Away A Couple Of Days Ago Due To Lupus. She Loved Cats And Wanted Me To Adopt One. So Here's Max

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Squirrelflightisawesome
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2 months ago

Beautiful marking!!

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#40

Rescued This 15yo, Toothless, Derpy Little Nugget Two Days Ago

Rescued This 15yo, Toothless, Derpy Little Nugget Two Days Ago

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Sarah Larson
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2 months ago

Yes👍👍

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#41

My Dog Adopted A Lost Kitten On Our Walk Today. Welcome To The Family Lil Man.

My Dog Adopted A Lost Kitten On Our Walk Today. Welcome To The Family Lil Man.

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Remi Flynne
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2 months ago

Clever dog, good dog!

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#42

Meet The New Dog I Adopted About An Hour Ago,his Name Is Odin

Meet The New Dog I Adopted About An Hour Ago,his Name Is Odin

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Perfumista Perfumista
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2 months ago

What a beautiful pair

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#43

I Adopted This One Eyed Cat I Named Loki

I Adopted This One Eyed Cat I Named Loki

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Ready to do some mischief. 😁

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#44

Say Hello To Enzo. Our Snuggly New Rescue And First Rare Pup

Say Hello To Enzo. Our Snuggly New Rescue And First Rare Pup

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Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

That look is one of pure contentment and bliss.

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#45

Coming Home From Dog Shelter With This Girl!

Coming Home From Dog Shelter With This Girl!

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Karen White
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2 months ago

What a happy girl

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#46

Our Toothless Rescue Dog Who Never Retracts Her Tongue

Our Toothless Rescue Dog Who Never Retracts Her Tongue

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Karen White
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2 months ago

Santa's little helper

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#47

Went To A Cat Rescue/Cafe Yesterday. This Lil Dude Fell Sound Asleep Like This.

Went To A Cat Rescue/Cafe Yesterday. This Lil Dude Fell Sound Asleep Like This.

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2 months ago

He chose you

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#48

I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And They Allow Cats, So I Was Just Sorta Kicking Around The Idea Of Owning My Own Feline Friend. The Next Day I Got An Email. I Went To The Shelter To Meet Smokey

I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And They Allow Cats, So I Was Just Sorta Kicking Around The Idea Of Owning My Own Feline Friend. The Next Day I Got An Email. I Went To The Shelter To Meet Smokey

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Yep, you been owned!

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#49

Everyone Meet Gigabyte! Just Picked Her Up From The Shelter Today!

Everyone Meet Gigabyte! Just Picked Her Up From The Shelter Today!

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Janine B.
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2 months ago (edited)

I hope she does no giga bite.

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#50

Nicola (Top) Was A Bit Worried When We Adopted Him And His Brother... Wolverine Could Not Be Reached For An Opinion.

Nicola (Top) Was A Bit Worried When We Adopted Him And His Brother... Wolverine Could Not Be Reached For An Opinion.

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Nicola: "Me is scared..." Wolverine: "Hmlfmpf."

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