There are a gazillion reasons to why adopting a pet is the best idea you can think of. Saving a life and giving a pet its second chance is one. Other benefits include fighting puppy mills, saving money, making yourself a better person, boosting your emotional (and physical) wellbeing, and earning the bragging rights we all secretly crave.

But nobody knows it better than people who rescued an animal and adopted one. And this means, it’s that wholesome time of the month where Bored Panda has compiled the monthly post of the most soul-soothing pics of adopted furry friends. Let’s leave the stage to the goodest boys, bestest girls, tiny critters, and measureless love that connects us all.

After you’re done, don’t forget to share your pet adoption stories in the comment section below and check out our previous posts from October, September, August, July, and June. Trust me, they will tuck you in like a much-needed warm blanket for these cold days.

#1

I Rarely Adopt (I Always Rescue Then Adopt Lol) But This Little Cutie That Was Born With A Facial Birth Defect Stole My Heart The Second I Saw Her Adoption Post. Please Say Hi To My New Adopted Kitten, Nala!

I Rarely Adopt (I Always Rescue Then Adopt Lol) But This Little Cutie That Was Born With A Facial Birth Defect Stole My Heart The Second I Saw Her Adoption Post. Please Say Hi To My New Adopted Kitten, Nala!

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Bless you for adopting this sweetie.

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#2

This Cat Adopted A Puppy

This Cat Adopted A Puppy

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Brett
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3 months ago

I’m stealing both

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#3

My Newly Adopted Friend. I Think He Likes Me

My Newly Adopted Friend. I Think He Likes Me

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narmadha weerasinghe
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3 months ago

Don't forget to boop da nose

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In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Kelly DiCicco, who’s the adoptions promotions manager at the ASPCA, told us that despite the recent surge in pet adoptions due to the Covid pandemic and quarantine, animal shelters are under immense strain right now.“

Since it began, COVID-19 has put an immense amount of strain on animal shelters across the country. Because this is an ever-changing situation, each shelter is facing unique challenges specific to its community.”

Due to social distancing requirements, many shelters had to reduce staff members, which “has meant reductions or limits to the number and types of services offered to the public.”

Moreover, most shelters have been hit financially due to reduced donations and the inability to host in-person fundraising events. It turns out that these events in particular play a key role in annual fundraising efforts.

#4

We Adopted This 11 Year Old Senior, Shayshay, Today From A Woman Who Couldn’t Keep Her Anymore. Her First Photo Matches Her Personality. We Are So Happy To Have You, Beautiful Girl

We Adopted This 11 Year Old Senior, Shayshay, Today From A Woman Who Couldn’t Keep Her Anymore. Her First Photo Matches Her Personality. We Are So Happy To Have You, Beautiful Girl

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

What a joyous and wonderful smile!

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#5

Our Son’s Dream Of Becoming A K-9 Officer Got One Step Closer Today. We Adopted Him At 2.5 After His Parents Passed Away. His New Best Friend, A Little Girl Named Jovi, Was Born On His Biological Mother’s Birthday. Meant To Be!

Our Son’s Dream Of Becoming A K-9 Officer Got One Step Closer Today. We Adopted Him At 2.5 After His Parents Passed Away. His New Best Friend, A Little Girl Named Jovi, Was Born On His Biological Mother’s Birthday. Meant To Be!

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Hilary Mol
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3 months ago

I'm not crying. You're crying.

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#6

Rescued This Very Good Boy, Arnold!! He Looks So Handsome In His Sweater!!

Rescued This Very Good Boy, Arnold!! He Looks So Handsome In His Sweater!!

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Brett
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3 months ago

Awww :) he has a wittle sweater!

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But while the pandemic has created a lot of new challenges for shelters, many are now implementing innovative solutions to adopting procedures.

“With hundreds of thousands of animals across the country currently in shelters, with rescue groups, and in foster care, animal welfare organizations are implementing innovative solutions, including virtual or socially-distanced adoptions, online meet-and-greets using video chat, and minimal-contact drop-offs or pickups to help these animals find adoptive homes.”

Right now, many shelters are working hard to make sure that each pet in need of a loving forever family will not lose a chance to gain one due to the pandemic.

#7

We Adopted A Second Cat From A Hoarding Situation. It Turns Out He Was My Cat’s Soulmate. The Two Of Them Have Been Inseparable Since He Arrived

We Adopted A Second Cat From A Hoarding Situation. It Turns Out He Was My Cat’s Soulmate. The Two Of Them Have Been Inseparable Since He Arrived

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I'm glad that these two get along so well. Mine don't like one another. :(

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#8

We Adopted Nova 12 Weeks Ago Today And I Wanted To Share With You All How Much He Has Changed Since He Arrived

We Adopted Nova 12 Weeks Ago Today And I Wanted To Share With You All How Much He Has Changed Since He Arrived

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Hilary Mol
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3 months ago

Is Nova due on the Thriller set?

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#9

I Accidentally Adopted A Sleeping Machine

I Accidentally Adopted A Sleeping Machine

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Anna McHugh
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3 months ago

Aaaaaargh!!! This is how I die!

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#10

Just Rescued This Sweet Lil Old Lady, Chloe. She’s 12 And She’s Gonna Have Her Finest Years Yet

Just Rescued This Sweet Lil Old Lady, Chloe. She’s 12 And She’s Gonna Have Her Finest Years Yet

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Diellza
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3 months ago

She doesn't look a day over 2! Such a pretty good girl.

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#11

Baby Squirrel Found Alone In Apartment Loft Gets Adopted And Lives In A Cosy Hat, His Name Is Conker

Baby Squirrel Found Alone In Apartment Loft Gets Adopted And Lives In A Cosy Hat, His Name Is Conker

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Canadian in Cornwall
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3 months ago

lovely! looks like he's sucking his thumb!!!!!!

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#12

This Is Dalton, The 13 Year Old Diabetic Dog My Family Adopted Today

This Is Dalton, The 13 Year Old Diabetic Dog My Family Adopted Today

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Hilary Mol
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3 months ago

Dalton is the goodest boi.

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#13

Been Telling Myself The Only Way To Keep Them Together Is To Just Adopt Them Myself. It’s Not My Fault. I Have No Choice

Been Telling Myself The Only Way To Keep Them Together Is To Just Adopt Them Myself. It’s Not My Fault. I Have No Choice

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

You were right.

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#14

This Is Axel. He Was So Scared In The Animal Shelter That He Didn't Get Adopted For 4 Months, And Then Got Returned For "Being Too Shy" When Someone Finally Took Him Home. He Loves His Life Now! Pure Bliss

This Is Axel. He Was So Scared In The Animal Shelter That He Didn't Get Adopted For 4 Months, And Then Got Returned For "Being Too Shy" When Someone Finally Took Him Home. He Loves His Life Now! Pure Bliss

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Animals need the right family and the right environment to blossom. Axel has found both with you.

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#15

Got This Little Boy From The Animal Shelter, Meet Percy !

Got This Little Boy From The Animal Shelter, Meet Percy !

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narmadha weerasinghe
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3 months ago

Tiny but mighty

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#16

Stray Momma Kitty Brings Her Babies To The Nice Lady Who Had Been Feeding Her. All Kitties Were Taken In And Adopted

Stray Momma Kitty Brings Her Babies To The Nice Lady Who Had Been Feeding Her. All Kitties Were Taken In And Adopted

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

One of these things is not like the others...

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#17

The Stray I Adopted Came With One Little Surprise !

The Stray I Adopted Came With One Little Surprise !

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago

beautiful cat :)

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#18

Just Adopted Both Of These Little Monsters

Just Adopted Both Of These Little Monsters

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Wistre Vist
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3 months ago

they look like pope and lisa from tiktok!

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#19

A Very Fluffy Good Boy That Got Adopted Yesterday

A Very Fluffy Good Boy That Got Adopted Yesterday

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Brett
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3 months ago

*hugs*

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#20

This Angry Cat Is Named Giggles. He Was Just Adopted From A Local Shelter

This Angry Cat Is Named Giggles. He Was Just Adopted From A Local Shelter

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Giggles is an appropriate name.

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#21

My Friend Adopted A Stray Cat Two Months Ago vs. Now

My Friend Adopted A Stray Cat Two Months Ago vs. Now

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Brett
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3 months ago

Awww😍

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#22

My Boyfriend’s Dog, Rex, 3 Weeks Post-Adoption!

My Boyfriend’s Dog, Rex, 3 Weeks Post-Adoption!

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Diellza
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3 months ago

Rex is rocking the heck out of that scarf! Adogable.

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#23

Broke Down And Got My First Cat Because Of You Guys! Meet Meeghan

Broke Down And Got My First Cat Because Of You Guys! Meet Meeghan

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Lord Mysticlaw
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3 months ago

You mean Meewghan? 😋

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#24

I Just Adopted This Gorgeous Boy Who Was Saved From A Hoarding/Breeding Situation And He Is The Most Affectionate Cat I've Ever Met! Completely Obsessed With Tofu

I Just Adopted This Gorgeous Boy Who Was Saved From A Hoarding/Breeding Situation And He Is The Most Affectionate Cat I've Ever Met! Completely Obsessed With Tofu

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Tofu is a beautiful floof!

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#25

Picked Up My New Best Friend From The Shelter Today! Meet Bosewick!

Picked Up My New Best Friend From The Shelter Today! Meet Bosewick!

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Brett
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3 months ago

Boop da snoot

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#26

Our Newly Adopted Dog Has Already Found Her Favourite Spot In The Morning Sun!

Our Newly Adopted Dog Has Already Found Her Favourite Spot In The Morning Sun!

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Idk Katniss Potter
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3 months ago

Almost looks a bit like a fox 🦊

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#27

Just Adopted

Just Adopted

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Diellza
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3 months ago

That is one fashionable pup!

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#28

We Adopted Our Second Kitten Last Week. He Sleeps Weird...

We Adopted Our Second Kitten Last Week. He Sleeps Weird...

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Weird for people, not for kitties.

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#29

Rescued Junkyard Dog Became Huge Fan Of Warm And Dry Towels And Blankets

Rescued Junkyard Dog Became Huge Fan Of Warm And Dry Towels And Blankets

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Hilary Mol
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3 months ago

Junkyard dog must be part cat.

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#30

Mountain Climbing Stray At Work...adopted!

Mountain Climbing Stray At Work...adopted!

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Saateri
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3 months ago

So tiny! And so lucky to find home!

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#31

[rip] This Sweet Boy Went Over The Rainbow Bridge A Few Days Ago And I Miss Him So Much. 17 Years Of Pure Puppy Love

[rip] This Sweet Boy Went Over The Rainbow Bridge A Few Days Ago And I Miss Him So Much. 17 Years Of Pure Puppy Love

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AnnaB
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3 months ago

I'm so sorry...

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#32

The Long Adoption Paperwork From Animal Control Was Worth It To Bring Winston Home

The Long Adoption Paperwork From Animal Control Was Worth It To Bring Winston Home

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Loaf of perfection

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#33

I Volunteer For The National Foundation For Animal Rescue. This Shoulder Kitten In Training Was Recently Adopted And Now Has Many Shoulders To Ride On!

I Volunteer For The National Foundation For Animal Rescue. This Shoulder Kitten In Training Was Recently Adopted And Now Has Many Shoulders To Ride On!

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Saateri
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3 months ago

Super sweet!

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#34

Adopted Bambi Tonight And I’m In Love

Adopted Bambi Tonight And I’m In Love

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Diellza
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3 months ago

Isn't that Thumper? Very adorable!

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#35

Rescue Cuddles Are Best Cuddles

Rescue Cuddles Are Best Cuddles

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Yes!

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#36

She Seems Pretty Happy With How Her Life Turned Out After Adoption

She Seems Pretty Happy With How Her Life Turned Out After Adoption

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Content kitty.

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#37

I’m Back Again With A Stray That Adopted Me. Her Name Is Stoner Because She Stole My Taco Bell At 3am. Musta Had The Minchies

I’m Back Again With A Stray That Adopted Me. Her Name Is Stoner Because She Stole My Taco Bell At 3am. Musta Had The Minchies

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Brett
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3 months ago

Munchies*

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#38

After 25+ Years, I Was Finally Able To Adopt My First Cat. Everyone Meet, Alaska

After 25+ Years, I Was Finally Able To Adopt My First Cat. Everyone Meet, Alaska

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Hi Alaska!

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#39

My Adopted Baby Finally Healing! Lots Of Treatment , Human Herpes Medication Being The Final Cure! I Love Him So Much

My Adopted Baby Finally Healing! Lots Of Treatment , Human Herpes Medication Being The Final Cure! I Love Him So Much

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Idk Katniss Potter
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3 months ago

Poor baby

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#40

Big Bertha, One Of The 3 Ladies I Adopted Yesterday

Big Bertha, One Of The 3 Ladies I Adopted Yesterday

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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3 months ago

Is that a guinea pig or a baby capybarra?

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