Have you ever considered volunteering at an animal shelter? Millions of animals are in need of love and attention, and most of all, a new home! Volunteers are vitally important to shelters, many of which are overstretched and underfunded.


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We here at Bored Panda compiled a list of pics taken by animal shelter volunteers, so you can see just how sweet it is to be surrounded by fluffballs while at work. After seeing these, you’ll definitely be inspired to go and help out. Don’t be fooled though, as appealing as spending time with animals may be, you will be asked to do all kinds of tasks. From admin and fundraising to cleaning the poop out of the kennels, there is much more to it than cuddling puppies!

Scroll down below to check out the pics for yourself, and for more info you can check out here and here.

#1 7 Years Ago I Was Raped & Diagnosed With PTSD. 6 Years Ago I Started Working With Wolves As A Form Of Therapy. Today I Run A Wolf Sanctuary And Have Healed More Than I Ever Imagined Possible

7 Years Ago I Was Raped & Diagnosed With PTSD. 6 Years Ago I Started Working With Wolves As A Form Of Therapy. Today I Run A Wolf Sanctuary And Have Healed More Than I Ever Imagined Possible

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

I am so proud and in awe of what you have achieved and how far you have come through!

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#2 This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

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varwenea 7 months ago

How could this adorable fluffy boy be in a shelter?!? Someone take him/her!!!

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#3 Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

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Geedee Gituma 7 months ago

I would be sleeping there too if it were me...

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#4 Working At An Animal Sanctuary

Working At An Animal Sanctuary

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Romenriel 7 months ago

I love goat babies. They are even more adorable than puppies and kitties!

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#5 I Work At An Animal Shelter, Today I Turned Around And Caught These Two Staring Me Down

I Work At An Animal Shelter, Today I Turned Around And Caught These Two Staring Me Down

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Hans 7 months ago

Me & minime.

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#6 The Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter Is Celebrating Empty Kennels Thanks To A Record-Setting Weekend

The Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter Is Celebrating Empty Kennels Thanks To A Record-Setting Weekend

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

Congratulations!

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#7 Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

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Ehren Thomsen 7 months ago

The... the Baby Puppsus... *heart melting*

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#8 My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

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Hans 7 months ago

Who doesn't love a puppy stampede?

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#9 My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

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Geedee Gituma 7 months ago

look at that cute tiny face

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#10 My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

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Vlad Horobet 7 months ago

Taco cat. Cato.

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#11 The Cat Shelter I Volunteer With Has A Program That Brings Senior Cats To Visit Seniors In Nursing Homes. This Says It All

The Cat Shelter I Volunteer With Has A Program That Brings Senior Cats To Visit Seniors In Nursing Homes. This Says It All

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Kristel 7 months ago

Precious photo!

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#12 A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

you gotta learn from the best!

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#13 I Work For An Animal Shelter So Sometimes I Foster Kittens. Meet Sunflower

I Work For An Animal Shelter So Sometimes I Foster Kittens. Meet Sunflower

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Geedee Gituma 7 months ago

A young lion

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#14 Fox Loves Wildlife Sanctuary Worker

Fox Loves Wildlife Sanctuary Worker

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

that tail- wagging!

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#15 My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

the real side of pitbulls!

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#16 My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

im melting...

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#17 A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

scaredy-cats! :D

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#18 I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

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Hans 7 months ago

Volunteer work definitely is not sloth!

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#19 I Was Photographing Dogs For The Humane Society And Out Of No Where, A Dog Attacked Me

I Was Photographing Dogs For The Humane Society And Out Of No Where, A Dog Attacked Me

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Swathika Venkatesan 7 months ago

Oh my goddd... Are u alright?!

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#20 Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

cats are quite attentive!

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#21 I Volunteer At A Wildlife Sanctuary (England); Meet Raven, One Of Our Tame Foxes

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Sanctuary (England); Meet Raven, One Of Our Tame Foxes

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LittleGrayMouse 7 months ago

So... What does the fox say? (yes, I'll see myself out)

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#22 Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

in an Utopian world....

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#23 I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

all animals are the best!

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#24 This Is 'Jinkies'. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn't Stop Her Though

This Is 'Jinkies'. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn't Stop Her Though

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Wings 7 months ago

I SEE YOUUUUU!!! Okay, kind of, but I know where you are and imma getcha!!!

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#25 Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

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Hans 7 months ago

I'd join.

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#26 One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

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nanashi 7 months ago

it be like that sometime for me too.

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#27 This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

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Janine B. 7 months ago

Family. <3

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#28 Sienna Paws At The Glass When Someone Walks By At The Shelter. She's 13

Sienna Paws At The Glass When Someone Walks By At The Shelter. She's 13

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

she wants her family. now!

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#29 My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

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Stella Brandner 7 months ago

Living the dream.

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#30 Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

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varwenea 7 months ago

Poor baby!

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#31 I Work At A Shelter... Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

I Work At A Shelter... Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

i want him!

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#32 When You Don't Feel Well It Is Nice To Know There Is Someone There To Keep You Company. Thanks Echo

When You Don't Feel Well It Is Nice To Know There Is Someone There To Keep You Company. Thanks Echo

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img 7 months ago

How can you possibly be sad when cheerful bright colorful lil me is cuddling you? 💓

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#33 This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

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Wings 7 months ago

People passing by would just scream, " RABIESSS!!!!"

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#34 I Volunteer At A Wildlife Rehab. This Is Our 1 Y/o Beaver Giving Me A Hug Because She Missed Me Over The Winter. Or Maybe She Wanted The Apple I Had

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Rehab. This Is Our 1 Y/o Beaver Giving Me A Hug Because She Missed Me Over The Winter. Or Maybe She Wanted The Apple I Had

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img 7 months ago

For a second there I was like... What?? But she's cool.

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#35 Local Shelter Posted These Little Ones On FB. Titled "Golden Raindrops In April"

Local Shelter Posted These Little Ones On FB. Titled "Golden Raindrops In April"

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Linda Matheny 7 months ago

Poor Mama Dog

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#36 Expert Level Chill From The Local Shelter

Expert Level Chill From The Local Shelter

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

The only way to do it properly!

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#37 I Volunteer At The Local Shelter And This Cutie Came In Today

I Volunteer At The Local Shelter And This Cutie Came In Today

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Hope Floats 7 months ago

How could anyone abandon something as beautiful as this little fella? Look at his eyes.. So lovely...

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#38 I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

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Char Char 7 months ago

the toe beans tho!

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#39 First Time Volunteering At A Shelter In A Long Time... This One Fell Asleep In My Arms

First Time Volunteering At A Shelter In A Long Time... This One Fell Asleep In My Arms

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

I know i'm commenting too much but you are the luckiest human in the world!

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#40 A Fellow Volunteer Caught A Picture Of Me Getting A Hug And A Kiss From One Of The Friendlier Wolves At My Local Sanctuary

A Fellow Volunteer Caught A Picture Of Me Getting A Hug And A Kiss From One Of The Friendlier Wolves At My Local Sanctuary

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Aud Wey 7 months ago

You are so lucky!!!!

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#41 Volunteered At The Humane Society Yesterday To Take Pictures Of The New Arrivals. This Little Guy Was Exceptionally Happy

Volunteered At The Humane Society Yesterday To Take Pictures Of The New Arrivals. This Little Guy Was Exceptionally Happy

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Kat Hoth 7 months ago

I don't understand how you could look at that face and give them up.

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#42 This Pupper Was Dropped Off At The Shelter Where I Work

This Pupper Was Dropped Off At The Shelter Where I Work

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Erin 7 months ago

Those are some gorgeous eyes! What a pretty puppy!

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#43 I Volunteer At A Local Shelter. They Kept Telling Me That I Shouldn't Hold Her Because She's Shy And Doesn't Like People. Then She Did This For About Ten Minutes While Refusing To Be Let Go

I Volunteer At A Local Shelter. They Kept Telling Me That I Shouldn't Hold Her Because She's Shy And Doesn't Like People. Then She Did This For About Ten Minutes While Refusing To Be Let Go

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

she chose you!

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#44 Just Look At Those Two Shelter Friends

Just Look At Those Two Shelter Friends

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Gabrielle Causey 7 months ago

"Not bacon. Friend. Good friend."

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#45 My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

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Geedee Gituma 7 months ago

That's one angry cat you don't want to mess with lol

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#46 I Volunteer At A Local Rescue And This Happened

I Volunteer At A Local Rescue And This Happened

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

haha! That derpy face!

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#47 This Little Pupper Was Ditched At My Local Animal Shelter.. After Hours.. In The Bushes

This Little Pupper Was Ditched At My Local Animal Shelter.. After Hours.. In The Bushes

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

he's so happy to finally be safe!

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#48 I Volunteer At Puppy Adoption Events. This Guy Was The Last In His Litter To Be Picked, So He Improvised A Cuddle Buddy

I Volunteer At Puppy Adoption Events. This Guy Was The Last In His Litter To Be Picked, So He Improvised A Cuddle Buddy

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Kristel 7 months ago

Aww! How can you not love this one!

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#49 I Work At A Doggy Daycare. Another Pup Dump!

I Work At A Doggy Daycare. Another Pup Dump!

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

i need that shirt!

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#50 I Volunteer At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Turned Up As A Stray

I Volunteer At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Turned Up As A Stray

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img 7 months ago

Mad eye Moody

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#51 I Work At An Animal Shelter. This Good Boy Was My Office Buddy For The Day

I Work At An Animal Shelter. This Good Boy Was My Office Buddy For The Day

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Janine B. 7 months ago

Come with me little fluff! <3

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#52 I Work At A Local Animal Shelter And Sometimes I'm Able To Capture Purrrfect Moments

I Work At A Local Animal Shelter And Sometimes I'm Able To Capture Purrrfect Moments

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Glowdaddy 7 months ago

Treats!!!!!!!!

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#53 Before I Started Traveling, I Spent A Few Days A Week Volunteering With Rescue Dogs, Cats, Foxes, And "Trash Pandas"

Before I Started Traveling, I Spent A Few Days A Week Volunteering With Rescue Dogs, Cats, Foxes, And "Trash Pandas"

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Phoebe Bean 7 months ago

What a lovely smile! (you too, girl)

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#54 I Work At An Animal Shelter. We Pulled This Dog From A Local Animal Control Agency. She Was Kind Of Excited To Come With Us

I Work At An Animal Shelter. We Pulled This Dog From A Local Animal Control Agency. She Was Kind Of Excited To Come With Us

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Janine B. 7 months ago

Sweet girl. I hope she found a perfect forever home.

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#55 It's A Wonder How We Get Any Work Done Around Here

It's A Wonder How We Get Any Work Done Around Here

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Kristel 7 months ago

I guess I couldn't do it. Or well. Getting animals a wonderful home is so important. But look at this.. it is really a wonder/miracle!

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#56 This 5-Week-Old Kitten Called Sugar Just Arrived At My Shelter. I Don't Think She'll Have To Wait Very Long To Find A Home Once She's Old Enough

This 5-Week-Old Kitten Called Sugar Just Arrived At My Shelter. I Don't Think She'll Have To Wait Very Long To Find A Home Once She's Old Enough

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Bunnies4Zwin 7 months ago

I'm dead. I am so very dead. *dies of cuteness overload*

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#57 Look At This 2 Week Old Mofo, Look At Him! I Volunteer At A Cat Shelter, Meet Zander

Look At This 2 Week Old Mofo, Look At Him! I Volunteer At A Cat Shelter, Meet Zander

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Aud Wey 7 months ago

Hello Zander! :)

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#58 This Is Armand From The Shelter I Work At

This Is Armand From The Shelter I Work At

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Sivi 7 months ago

My female rabbit does this too its "PET ME DAMN IT!" face :D

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#59 I Volunteer At A Shelter And One Of The Cats There Makes This Face At People

I Volunteer At A Shelter And One Of The Cats There Makes This Face At People

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img 7 months ago

Nice eyeshadow!

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#60 The No Kill Shelter In My Town Just Posted This Photo

The No Kill Shelter In My Town Just Posted This Photo

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Janine B. 7 months ago

It's a shame healthy animals are killed because no one wants them. I'm so glad this doesn't happen where I live.

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#61 There's This Amazing Cat Called Jaws At My Shelter Right Now

There's This Amazing Cat Called Jaws At My Shelter Right Now

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Kristel 7 months ago

My kind of cat!

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#62 My Girlfriend Volunteers At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Came In This Morning!

My Girlfriend Volunteers At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Came In This Morning!

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Swathika Venkatesan 7 months ago

Awww he's too afraid

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#63 I Volunteer At A Shelter. This Is One Of My Favorite Kitties: Sir Bob. He's Been At The Shelter For Years And No One Has Adopted Him. How Can You Not Want That Face?

I Volunteer At A Shelter. This Is One Of My Favorite Kitties: Sir Bob. He's Been At The Shelter For Years And No One Has Adopted Him. How Can You Not Want That Face?

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Janine B. 7 months ago

This is so sad. We also have to cats no one wanted. A blind one with no eyes from Greece who was supposed to be killed. Very smart and has no problems at all with not seeing the world. He sees everything with the help of his ears and nose. And a black cat that was overly shy and afraid when in the shelter. Now he's the cuddliest and happiest ball of fluff.

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#64 My Local Shelter Just Posted This Picture Of A Baby Cow That's Available For Adoption

My Local Shelter Just Posted This Picture Of A Baby Cow That's Available For Adoption

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#65 I Volunteer With Shelter Cats And We Just Got A Maine Coon Kitten. Meet Sebastian The Cute

I Volunteer With Shelter Cats And We Just Got A Maine Coon Kitten. Meet Sebastian The Cute

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Bunnies4Zwin 7 months ago

Yes! YES! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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#66 I Work In An Animal Shelter. This Is Meme, A Very Senior Cat Getting Love From A Volunteer

I Work In An Animal Shelter. This Is Meme, A Very Senior Cat Getting Love From A Volunteer

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Janine B. 7 months ago

Look a him... *melts*

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#67 I'm A Photographer For A Shelter. This Is A Kitten Pooping In My Prop

I'm A Photographer For A Shelter. This Is A Kitten Pooping In My Prop

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

hahahaha! ohh thats funny!

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#68 I Work At An Animal Shelter. Caught This Moment Cleaning Cages

I Work At An Animal Shelter. Caught This Moment Cleaning Cages

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Erin 7 months ago

The left one has a really cool pattern! It's like reverse tabby stripes

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#69 My Local Animal Shelter Just Got In A Litter Of Boxer Puppies

My Local Animal Shelter Just Got In A Litter Of Boxer Puppies

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Erin 7 months ago

12 puppies??? Are they all from the same litter?

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#70 I Volunteer At A Parrot Sanctuary, And All The Birds Think Of Us As Human Jungle Gyms

I Volunteer At A Parrot Sanctuary, And All The Birds Think Of Us As Human Jungle Gyms

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

'human jungle gyms' hahaha!

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#71 From The Shelter I Volunteer At, Waiting To Be Adopted

From The Shelter I Volunteer At, Waiting To Be Adopted

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Kristel 7 months ago

He or she makes such a cheeky face! Love it!

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#72 A Cat At The Shelter I Volunteer At Looks Like A Baboon

A Cat At The Shelter I Volunteer At Looks Like A Baboon

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Sierra Batten 7 months ago

this guy is amazing

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#73 "Of Course Dogs Can Fly!" - Rio

"Of Course Dogs Can Fly!" - Rio

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

Dogs are Batman in disguise! Didn't you know?

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#74 Meet Kane, A Happy, Deaf Dogo Argentino And Ex-Baitdog Used In Fighting Rings, Also The Newest Transfer To The Shelter Where I Work

Meet Kane, A Happy, Deaf Dogo Argentino And Ex-Baitdog Used In Fighting Rings, Also The Newest Transfer To The Shelter Where I Work

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Shruti Naik 7 months ago

I'm glad to know he's finally out of that life and is no longer suffering! Has he been adopted yet?

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#75 If I Survive Finals, I'm Spending My Summer At Shy Wolf Sanctuary With This Gorgeous Girl

If I Survive Finals, I'm Spending My Summer At Shy Wolf Sanctuary With This Gorgeous Girl

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Anna Bertane 7 months ago

Lucky you!!

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#76 My Mom Volunteers For An Animal Rescue. She Sent Me This

My Mom Volunteers For An Animal Rescue. She Sent Me This

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Nikki D 7 months ago

Possum?

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#77 We Went To Volunteer At The Shelter Today, And When I Tried To Put This Puppy Back In His Kennel, He Just Wasn't Having It

We Went To Volunteer At The Shelter Today, And When I Tried To Put This Puppy Back In His Kennel, He Just Wasn't Having It

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Janine B. 7 months ago

What a gorgeous boy!

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#78 I Work For My Local Animal Shelter. One Of Our Dogs Went As A Banana. He Was The Star

I Work For My Local Animal Shelter. One Of Our Dogs Went As A Banana. He Was The Star

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Janine B. 7 months ago

Hope there were no Minions around...

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#79 Many People Asked This Shelter To Save Even More "Farmed" Animals And This Is Their Rescued Little Pig Lino

Many People Asked This Shelter To Save Even More "Farmed" Animals And This Is Their Rescued Little Pig Lino