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.

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
Community Member
3 years 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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Janine B.
Community Member
3 years ago

My heart just melted. Aaaawwww....

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Congratulations!

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
3 years ago

Provided you haven't killed any...

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

The guy on top xD

Lachlan Steininger
Community Member
3 years ago

I was wondering if anyone would notice

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Lara Kashdan
Community Member
3 years ago

One poor little fluffy snuggles nobody took?? Poor little thing!! Sucks being the last one picked. I sure hope it's a no-kill shelter for that sweetheart's sake.

Chess Wizard
Community Member
3 years ago

If you click the link, it tells you a little bit about the shelter, and the event. It is a no kill shelter. Beyond that, the dog in the picture has collars and tags, which indicates he has people that go with them.

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

I am happy for every animal who found a new loving home!

Heidi Golff
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant thinking on the part of whosever idea this photo was. A picture tells a dozen stories and this one has a powerful impact.

Ann McNeil
Community Member
3 years ago

The shelter may have a "pet" dog that lives there and is taken care of by all the people there. I'm thinking that's what the dog in the top cage is, and they wanted him/her in the photo. I'd hate to think that was the only dog not adopted.

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

So awesome!

Lynn Verbelun
Community Member
3 years ago

how nice people are

Haylee Evans
Community Member
3 years ago

wow

Claudia Lorenz
Community Member
3 years ago

Any shelter's dream. Great job!

Liz Llanes
Community Member
3 years ago

Hope all shelters are just like this...God bless u all ...

Beth
Community Member
3 years ago

That dog is like 'what is going on here.....?'

Vicki Fuchs
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!!!

Kaitlyn Schulz
Community Member
3 years ago

hahahahahehehehe

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! I wish all shelters could boast the same.

artcatcms
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!! Would that they all be so!!!!!

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

A picture says a thousand words.

Elsie Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
3 years ago

Heartwarming to see.

Linda Christian
Community Member
3 years ago

Wonderful!

Lisa Marie Havener
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome job, guys. I love the worker on top of all of the cages, lol.

Lydia Pineault
Community Member
3 years ago

What a clever picture!! 👍♥️

Jovy Jergens
Community Member
3 years ago

Hurray and huzzah!

Tara Trainor
Community Member
3 years ago

Best picture ever

Jacqueline Lavanchy
Community Member
3 years ago

Great news !

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Hallelujah🙏

Heather Resendiz
Community Member
3 years ago

hmm that one still has a dog. please don't tell me he is the only dog that didn't get adopted!!

Ophelia Vandergurgleduffen
Community Member
3 years ago

YAY!!!

Rosey Love
Community Member
3 years ago

That one guys who is trying not to fall.

Pat Wooster
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeaaaa 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Kiss Army
Community Member
3 years ago

Which shelter is this?

Julie Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

Yipeeeee! Ruf! Ruf! I'm turning in glee, wagging!!!

Baked Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this one ❤❤

Bettina Riedel
Community Member
3 years ago

Fantastic !

Wamma Lamma
Community Member
3 years ago

Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

Yunyann See
Community Member
3 years ago

What a wonderful news!! Congratulations

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVE IT!!!

NQ L
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!!! This is truly the greatest thing ever

Enjil Harrah
Community Member
3 years ago

Purrfect

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Fabulous work done!

Marie Minozzi Swanson
Community Member
3 years ago

Furtastic!!!

Linda Almand-Owens
Community Member
3 years ago

Congrats guys

Susan Gardner
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVE THIS!

Roxanne Horbatuck
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s wonderful

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
3 years ago

Still one fur baby to go!

Sandi Daugherty
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome good job staff!!

Alib
Community Member
3 years ago

Aw, but look at the one guy in the front who still needs a home! He's like, "where are all my friends?"

Andraya Begley
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it okay if I cry?

C.Marrero
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes

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Janine B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh no, are the dogs usually kept all alone and in such small cages?

ComeAlongDoctor
Community Member
3 years ago

The quality of the shelter ( cages, size, staff etc) have a lot to do with funding and where the shelter is located. The animals are often separated for various reasons. One is to ensure that things like kennel cough, other upper respiratory infections, parvovirus other other medical issues are not spread like wildlife throughout the shelter. Another is because, while dogs are behaviorally tested on intake it's still just not a good idea to put two unknown dogs in a kennel together without supervision. The only real exclusions to these rules are when animals are relinquish in pairs by their owners.

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FreckledFox
Community Member
3 years ago

A thousand likes!!!

Gabrielle Causey
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing!

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

Bravo...

Emily Austin
Community Member
3 years ago

What an AWESOME sight! I love it. *big hugs to all of you!* ~Auntie Em~

Aurelia Grey
Community Member
3 years ago

Love This!

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow... this made me cry a lil.... :)

Say_cheeeese
Community Member
3 years ago

Next, who want adopt these boys n girls? Haha

Scott Lloyd
Community Member
3 years ago

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ok now close and lock the cages

Allayna
Community Member
3 years ago

close and lock your computer you envious unsuccessful person

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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Mar1a
Community Member
3 years ago

They really do look like dogs

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#22

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

Are some of this really cats?

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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
Community Member
3 years 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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Mar1a
Community Member
3 years ago

BUAH LMAO SO DAMN CUTE

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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.
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

Get well, buddy!

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

Who can resist these frothy smiles?

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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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Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
3 years ago

At first I thought her hugging arm is her jaw :P

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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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img
Community Member
3 years ago

They're all such dolls.

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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
Community Member
3 years 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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प्रतिक जोशी
Community Member
3 years ago

talking Cat

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

Marvelous and lovely creatures!

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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Shruti Naik
Community Member
3 years ago

why has no one commented how cute this pupper is?

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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Tracey Seven
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks so cool!!

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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.
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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.
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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