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Nothing brightens up my day more than seeing my adorable cat curl up in my lap for a nap or run to the door to greet me when I get home from work. He might be a bit demanding when he’s hungry, and his teeth can be a little too sharp at times. But I wouldn’t trade that little guy for the world. 

Adopting an animal into your family can simultaneously change your life and theirs. We all need love and companionship, even furry little creatures, and knowing that you saved a precious animal from a life in a cage is a great feeling. Below, you’ll find photos of some of the sweetest animals who have recently been adopted. These cuties have finally found their fur-ever homes, and they couldn’t be happier. Keep reading to find a conversation with Ivanka Patterson of Every Dog Matters EU, and be sure to upvote the pics that inspire you to adopt not shop!

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I Adopted My Grandmother’s Cat When She Passed Away And We Are Both Adjusting To Life Without Her Together

I Adopted My Grandmother’s Cat When She Passed Away And We Are Both Adjusting To Life Without Her Together

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To learn more about what it’s like to adopt a loving animal into your family, we reached out to Ivanka Patterson, director of Every Dog Matters EU. Ivanka was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda and explain why it’s so important to adopt rather than shop our pets. 

“A lot of dogs from breeders come from illegal puppy mills where the dogs and puppies are living in very poor conditions,” Ivanka shared. “Not knowing the origins of your bought pups hides the huge risk of getting an overbred pup which will have genetic health issues and a shorter life span.” 

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My Husband And I Adopted This 10 Year Old Baby, Who Was Previously Returned To The Shelter For "Hiding Too Much". Now I Can No Longer Use The Bathroom Unsupervised

My Husband And I Adopted This 10 Year Old Baby, Who Was Previously Returned To The Shelter For "Hiding Too Much". Now I Can No Longer Use The Bathroom Unsupervised

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Missy’s Adoption Smile

Missy’s Adoption Smile

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll bet you'll be as happy with the adoption as she obviously is

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“Shopping instead of adopting keeps this ugly business alive,” Ivanka continued. “The pros of adopting a dog are – you know the story and the health state of the dog you are adopting; you are giving a chance to an animal that, more often than not has not been treated well in life, to discover what real love and home mean; mixed breeds are much healthier.”

And when it comes to the benefits we can receive from adopting dogs, Ivanka says, “We believe there is a hidden superhero in each one of us. By adopting a rescue animal, this superhero comes to life, and the feeling of worthiness within oneself greatly improves one's self-esteem.”

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Leonard The Cat With The Benign Tumors Nobody Wanted Was Adopted

Leonard The Cat With The Benign Tumors Nobody Wanted Was Adopted

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's so lucky to have found you, he's going to have the best life now

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Please Don’t Overlook The Older Cats When Adopting

Please Don’t Overlook The Older Cats When Adopting

He found his home with me 2 hours ago. He’s an older cat who’s owners fell ill & could no longer care for him. When the volunteer told me he’s been there a long time & that they don’t get many calls about him, I knew I had to give him his forever home

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The Cds Wasn’t Working For Me, So I Went To The Shelter And Adopted The Oldest Cat There. Meet Cucumber

The Cds Wasn’t Working For Me, So I Went To The Shelter And Adopted The Oldest Cat There. Meet Cucumber

Meet Cucumber (named by my 7yo). He is a 10yo love bug.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May he live 10 more years (or more) as a love bug 🥰😍

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“It has been scientifically proven that adopting a pet from a shelter makes people become more compassionate and responsible,” Ivanka added. “It has physical benefits as well, like spending time with one's adopted animal normalizes blood pressure, reduces cortisol and helps overcome mental disorders like depression. And last but not least, all of the above makes us better people.”

#7

Adopted This Little Dude Today, His Name Is Cyborg

Adopted This Little Dude Today, His Name Is Cyborg

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#8

New Adopted Puppy Is A Bit Scared. Our Big Boy Has His Back, Turning Into A Helicopter Dad

New Adopted Puppy Is A Bit Scared. Our Big Boy Has His Back, Turning Into A Helicopter Dad

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Unfortunately, not everyone understands how lovable and amazing rescue animals can be. So Ivanka wanted to set some of the common misconceptions about rescue dogs straight. First, she addressed the idea that an animal from a shelter will be aggressive and untrainable. “So not true. A dog's behavior depends greatly on the conditions we put the dog in and on the way we interact with it,” Ivanka shared. 

“Dogs need between 3 to 6 months in order to adjust to their new home. During this time the adopter MUST give the animal its space, be patient with it, and respect the dog's willingness for privacy,” the expert says. “Having realistic expectations and patience is the key for a happy dog-human relationship.”

#10

Titan Was Cleveland Animal Protective League's Longest Resident (315 Days). He Was Adopted Yesterday

Titan Was Cleveland Animal Protective League's Longest Resident (315 Days). He Was Adopted Yesterday

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#11

My Dad's Dog Adopted An Orange Boy

My Dad's Dog Adopted An Orange Boy

Tigger, showed up a few days before Christmas on my folks' porch. Folks thought he might be a nearby farm cat, but he didn't leave after a day and a half. Cruz, the dog, refused to eat his dinner in the second day and kept whining at the door. He didn't go to his bowl till Tigger was let in. He then waited for Tigger to eat his full of his food before he finally ate. They're now absolute best bros

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#12

Adopted Rocco And She Said “Let’s Keep Him Forever And Ever And Ever”

Adopted Rocco And She Said “Let’s Keep Him Forever And Ever And Ever”

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Some people also assume that if they don’t get their dog as a puppy, it won’t be able to bond with them or be obedient. “Adopting a puppy is a lot of fun, but also a huge blank canvas one needs to put a lot of work into it,” Ivanka says. “Adopting an adult or senior dog has a lot of benefits, like the dog won't go through the whole chewing on everything phase. It will [also] know super quickly that pottying is done only outside unless stressed or ill; there is no adult dog that likes to do their business where they live.”

#13

Just Adopted My Girl. She Was Found Starving And Pregnant On The Side Of The Road By A Sweet Couple Who Delivered Her Babes And Nursed Her Back To Health

Just Adopted My Girl. She Was Found Starving And Pregnant On The Side Of The Road By A Sweet Couple Who Delivered Her Babes And Nursed Her Back To Health

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#14

Adopted This 4 Month Old Girl Today

Adopted This 4 Month Old Girl Today

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#15

Adopted A Stray Cat, His Name Is Bob

Adopted A Stray Cat, His Name Is Bob

A neighbor said that his ex owner lives on our street and had kicked him out years ago, and he stayed wandering around on our street for years, sleeping under cars. I only began to notice him this last year. I thought he belonged to someone because he had a collar on.

He started coming up to us when we’d take our dog for a walk and he’d be the most loving and friendly cat. When I started petting him I felt the dirt on his fur and that’s when I realized he wasn’t being taken care of. He started coming to our door for food and started sleeping on our doorstep. Within a few days we took him to the vet, got him a check up and vaccines (vet says he’s 5-6yrs), bought him toys, bowls for food and water, litter box, a soft bed (even though he sleeps on our bed), and we ripped the dirty collar off him, gave him a shower.

He loves to cuddle. He used to be so skinny, now he never misses a meal and comes to the kitchen and waits.

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“And most important of all – you will already know the character of the dog and what to expect from it,” Ivanka continued. “Choosing a dog whose temperament fits the adopter’s energy and lifestyle is the most important part of the adoption for it to be a happy one for all sides. Adult and senior dogs have no problems emotionally bonding with their owner, just the opposite. They understand very well that they are given a chance in life, and there is no animal more grateful than the adopted one.”

#16

I Just Adopted This Girl From An Elderly Couple

I Just Adopted This Girl From An Elderly Couple

This is an 11 year old female red foot. Shell length of 15".

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#17

Adopted A Cat 2 Days Ago, This Is Her Now

Adopted A Cat 2 Days Ago, This Is Her Now

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, that's one way to get a freshness check I suppose, but I wouldn't trust it too much. My cat tries to lick my toes.

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#18

Saw Him At An Adoption Event And Couldn’t Say No. Say Hello To Our First Standard Issue, Chestnut!

Saw Him At An Adoption Event And Couldn’t Say No. Say Hello To Our First Standard Issue, Chestnut!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor guy looks like he was feral for a long time. So glad he has a home now!

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Ivanka also says that families shouldn’t feel pressured into getting a dog just because their children asked for one. “Dogs are not toys and should never be treated as such,” she says. “Having your child grow up with an animal is simply amazing, as it teaches the kids compassion, responsibility, true friendship and so much more.”

“If an adult wants to adopt a dog so their kid grows up with it, they must know going into the whole process that no matter what, the dog will be the parents' responsibility! Dogs are not gifts, and one should never gift a pet to someone, as usually these gifts end up in shelters or on the street,” Ivanka says. “Have in mind that a mature dog has the emotional and intellectual capacity of a 2.5 year old kid. Would you treat a child this age poorly?”

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I Got Adopted By This Stray Beauty! Approached Me Out Of The Pitch Darkness, Scared The Crap Out Of Me, And Now I Can't Wait To Get Home To Her. Still No Name, Formosa Mountain Dog

I Got Adopted By This Stray Beauty! Approached Me Out Of The Pitch Darkness, Scared The Crap Out Of Me, And Now I Can't Wait To Get Home To Her. Still No Name, Formosa Mountain Dog

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#20

Adopted These Two Brothers At 15 Years Old

Adopted These Two Brothers At 15 Years Old

They are brothers, lovers, and fighters all rolled in to one.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is going to be a lot of brushing in their human's future. Well, there should be, otherwise a lot of furballs.

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#21

Found This Little Baby Left Alone In The Middle Of A Parking Lot Yesterday, Taken Her Into A Vet And They Say She's Doing Well So Far!

Found This Little Baby Left Alone In The Middle Of A Parking Lot Yesterday, Taken Her Into A Vet And They Say She's Doing Well So Far!

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As far as what prospective adopters should know before bringing a dog home, Ivanka says, “Before everything, the dog is a responsibility,” she told Bored Panda. “An adopter should really consider if in their current lifestyle there is room for a pet. And if yes, what exactly having one will entail.”

“And once again, patience,” Ivanka added. “A lot of people think the dog will immediately love their new life the moment it steps into their new home. That the dog will immediately trust their adopter and will bond and start playing from the get go. Would you immediately trust a stranger?”

#22

Hi, My Name Is Lulu

Hi, My Name Is Lulu

I don’t like any human but my own human.

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#23

My Friend Adopted A Street Dog From Cyprus And I Got To Meet Her For The First Time Yesterday. One Ridiculously Photogenic Dog

My Friend Adopted A Street Dog From Cyprus And I Got To Meet Her For The First Time Yesterday. One Ridiculously Photogenic Dog

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Street critters really know how to charm. So glad she has a home now!

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#24

I’m Adopting This One Eyed Baby Boy

I’m Adopting This One Eyed Baby Boy

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My kitty Pirate Queen Snuggles Von Bleppington says ahoy Matey! Welcome to the Pirate pet club!

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“If you have decided to adopt a dog, really think it through, and choose a dog with a temperament and character that will best fit your lifestyle in order to have a true best friend,” Ivanka says. “Have realistic expectations from your adopted dog, be patient with it, and show it that it can trust you 100%. Then, and only then, will you really have a true, joyful, obedient and forever four-legged best friend. And trust me, every single effort is so worth it!”

If you’d like to learn more about Every Dog Matters EU, be sure to visit their website!

#25

Adopted Our Very First Cat Last Weekend. I Was Worried We'd Get A Non-Friendly Cat Who Was Very Standoffish But She's An Angel. Is Interested With Anything, Wants To Be Cradled Like A Baby, Vibrates All The Time

Adopted Our Very First Cat Last Weekend. I Was Worried We'd Get A Non-Friendly Cat Who Was Very Standoffish But She's An Angel. Is Interested With Anything, Wants To Be Cradled Like A Baby, Vibrates All The Time

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Adopting One Of My Teacher's Baby Cat

Adopting One Of My Teacher's Baby Cat

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

as my grandmother would've said, this kitten looks like he/she's been through a bush backwards 🤣

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We hope you’re enjoying these photos of precious animals who have finally found loving homes, pandas! Adopting and rescuing animals is so much better than buying from a breeder, and your sweet little companion will always be thankful for your love. Keep upvoting the pics that you find particularly precious, and if you’re interested in checking out more wholesome adoption photos from Bored Panda, look no further than right here!

#30

Just Adopted This Little Monster!

Just Adopted This Little Monster!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, grays are my entire heart <3 my old gray girl Wintressia was my baby for almost 20 years. Lost her in 2018, two months shy of her 20th birthday. I am still not the same without her.

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#31

Sweet Independent Girl. Very Quiet, And Doesn’t Bark. Just Short Quips And Yodels

Sweet Independent Girl. Very Quiet, And Doesn’t Bark. Just Short Quips And Yodels

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Adopted This Guy Yesterday. Meet Charlie. He Is So, So Beautiful. He's Been Such A Joy Already (So Far ). He Is 1/4 German Shepherd, 3/4 Husky Or A Shepsky

Adopted This Guy Yesterday. Meet Charlie. He Is So, So Beautiful. He's Been Such A Joy Already (So Far ). He Is 1/4 German Shepherd, 3/4 Husky Or A Shepsky

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing he is blind or those are some serious cataracts which can be fixed, won't matter if he's blind tho between his superior hearing and amazing sense of smell he will hardly notice.

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Adopted Two "Undesirable Cats" At The Animal Shelter- A Very Scared Feral Kitten (Still Trying To Get A Good Face Pic) And The Fattest Cat In The Building

Adopted Two "Undesirable Cats" At The Animal Shelter- A Very Scared Feral Kitten (Still Trying To Get A Good Face Pic) And The Fattest Cat In The Building

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Adopted My First Dog!! I Named Her Bella Btw And She Wanted To Say Hi!

Adopted My First Dog!! I Named Her Bella Btw And She Wanted To Say Hi!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lots of grooming visits in the next 12 to 15 years of your lives. Adorable. Please take good care of her. So many people who adopt dogs with HAIR, not fur, don't understand how much care is required. If you can afford it, she will be worth it. Loving little dogs, great companions.

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#36

Adopted This Little Booger About A Week Ago

Adopted This Little Booger About A Week Ago

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#37

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

His name was Mercury but I call him Fred. He is only 5 months old and he’s huge I think. It’s only day one but I’ve never met a cat like Fred. He wants to be directly near me and I’ve never met a cat who didn’t eventually get sick of pets and want some space from you. I love Fred already. Also Fred is really vocal and I think that’s neat.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love when you can have conversations with cats they can be so funny. He is adorable !

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#38

He Is My First Pet Ever, Adopted Straight From The Streets

He Is My First Pet Ever, Adopted Straight From The Streets

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

awww bb hanging out with the warm laptop charger transformer. sooo cuute!

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First Time Being A Cat’s Person! Adopted Inigo Meowtoya Last Week

First Time Being A Cat’s Person! Adopted Inigo Meowtoya Last Week

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hello. My name is Inigo Meowtoya. You forgot to feed me. Prepare to die.

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#40

Adopted This Sweetie Today And Within 15 Minutes She Was Laid Up And Purring

Adopted This Sweetie Today And Within 15 Minutes She Was Laid Up And Purring

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This Is Pumpkin, A Street Cat Of 10+ Years That We Adopted!

This Is Pumpkin, A Street Cat Of 10+ Years That We Adopted!

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#42

Meet Bumi! I Just Adopted Him And I'm A New Dog Owner

Meet Bumi! I Just Adopted Him And I'm A New Dog Owner

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#43

I Just Adopted A Dog. He Is A Year Old And Super Sweet. He Has Very Corse Fur. He Is Very Good With Kids And A Bit Lazy

I Just Adopted A Dog. He Is A Year Old And Super Sweet. He Has Very Corse Fur. He Is Very Good With Kids And A Bit Lazy

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I Will Adopt Those Cats, I Have Never Had Cats, Will Be The First Time

I Will Adopt Those Cats, I Have Never Had Cats, Will Be The First Time

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are in for a life of voluntary slavery, oh, I mean in for a lifetime of bliss. And cat fur. Invest in a quality vacuum.

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#47

I Adopted My First Dog Yesterday

I Adopted My First Dog Yesterday

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#49

Just Adopted This Baby Friday. The Shelter Said Great Pyrenees & Saint Bernard, But I’m Really Unsure!

Just Adopted This Baby Friday. The Shelter Said Great Pyrenees & Saint Bernard, But I’m Really Unsure!

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#50

Thoughts On Blue?

Thoughts On Blue?

The agency we adopted him from thought he was part Catahoula Leopard dog but others have disagreed. He sounds like Chewbacca and also has the shrillest whine (scream) I’ve ever heard a dog make.

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