When the autumn blues are starting to make us all feel miserable, Bored Panda has got a powerful antidote that instantly warms us up. It’s that precious time of the month again, which means everyone is getting their much-needed shot of happiness with the most adorable rescue pets who have found their loving forever families.

If you know someone who's feeling down, having a rough day, or going through some rocky patch, don’t be greedy—share the fluffy post with them. Because if there’s something that can make any soul feel better, it must be the adorable furballs who have finally got the love they deserve. Big ups to shelters, animal welfare organizations, and loving parents!

And in case you need more wholesomeness in the form of wagging tails, twitching whiskers, and moist noses, be sure to check out our previous rescue animal posts from August,  JulyJuneMayAprilMarch, and February.

#1

1 Hour After I Adopted Him

1 Hour After I Adopted Him

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

He knows that he's home.

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I Adopted A Gorgeous (And Very Skinny) Manx And Several Days Later She Had A Single Kitten. Meet Stella And Bug!

I Adopted A Gorgeous (And Very Skinny) Manx And Several Days Later She Had A Single Kitten. Meet Stella And Bug!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Congratulations on the new arrivals! Stella is beautiful, and Bug is adorable.

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#3

His Name Is Mr. Hobo Highwaters, When He Was On The Streets And Now

His Name Is Mr. Hobo Highwaters, When He Was On The Streets And Now

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1 month ago

Mr. Hobo Highwaters is a gorgeous cat.

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Approximately 6.5 million companion animals end up in US shelters every year. Roughly half of these are dogs, while cats make up the other half. Fortunately, though, the situation has gotten better: the number has dropped from 7.2 million in 2011. But that doesn’t mean there still isn’t room for improvement.

And in times of the worldwide pandemic, when good news has become a rarity, there’s been a long-awaited surge in pet adoption. All over the country, from New York to Wisconsin and North Carolina to Colorado and New Mexico, animal shelters are reporting massive growth in the numbers of animals they’ve adopted out or placed in foster homes.

Kitty Block, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, told Wired that the demand in fostering has increased by 90 percent in some cities. “Folks who don’t have animals for one reason or another, because of their work schedule or their travel schedule, that’s all changed right now,” she said.

#4

Came For A Dog And Left With Him

Came For A Dog And Left With Him

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Who can resist that toothy grin?

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#5

Our 3 Week Old Rescue Likes To Nuzzle Extra Close And I Couldn't Be Happier

Our 3 Week Old Rescue Likes To Nuzzle Extra Close And I Couldn't Be Happier

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pei meow
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1 month ago

adorable!

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#6

I Went To The Shelter To Adopt A Dog, And I Found Those Two In This Posture, I Couldn't Separate Them So I End Up Adopting Both Of Them

I Went To The Shelter To Adopt A Dog, And I Found Those Two In This Posture, I Couldn't Separate Them So I End Up Adopting Both Of Them

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Twofer

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Meanwhile, New York City is facing a new shortage. After running out of bikes recently, it is now coming up short on dogs to foster. “For the moment, we definitely don’t have any dogs left to match” with foster volunteers, Anna Lai, the marketing director at Muddy Paws, told Bloomberg. “Which is a great problem to have,” she added.

If you also feel tempted to adopt a pet and let a companion animal into your life, it should never be an impulse decision. Bored Panda reached out to Rob Young, the head of center operations at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, who shared some insights on what you should know before and after adopting a cat or a dog.

Even during the times of the pandemic when we all feel more lonely and in need of a companion than usual, “getting a pet should never be an impulsive decision,” said Rob. As a result, Battersea animal rescue in London, England continues to follow their normal rehoming procedure, such as “assessing the motivations and suitability of new owners.”

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My First Rescue. Shes A Scared, Timid, Beautiful One Eye Baby

My First Rescue. Shes A Scared, Timid, Beautiful One Eye Baby

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

Good luck to you both, remember to be patient :)

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#8

With The End Of The Pandemic No Where In Sight... Decided I Needed A Companion. Meet Bunsen, Adopted From The Humane Society At 4 Months Old!

With The End Of The Pandemic No Where In Sight... Decided I Needed A Companion. Meet Bunsen, Adopted From The Humane Society At 4 Months Old!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Bunsen! Adopting is a well made decision. Every animal deserves a good home.

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#9

We Adopted A New Cat Not Knowing They’d Become Inseparable

We Adopted A New Cat Not Knowing They’d Become Inseparable

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1 month ago

These two bonded kitties will be best friends forever. I wish mine got along half as well.

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Moreover, Rob said that their rehoming staff “will additionally consider the impact of Government restrictions on new owners.” That means that they will be checking that potential “owners are able to provide a setup that will still be suitable for a new pet once lockdown is over and they return to their usual lifestyle.”

Whether we like it or not, there will always be pet owners who are struggling for whatever reason to take care of their dogs and cats. Rob said that “Contacting a rescue center is the most responsible decision if you can no longer care for a dog or cat,” and even if it’s a very difficult decision, he asked to “put that fear aside for the sake of your pet’s welfare and bring them to a rescue.”

“You’ll never be judged or shamed for making the responsible decision,” promised Rob and reminded that the wellbeing of an animal should be of the highest priority.

#10

After Months Of Loneliness I Adopted This Little Guy. Meet Frodo

After Months Of Loneliness I Adopted This Little Guy. Meet Frodo

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

It's nice to meet you, Frodo.

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#11

Been In The Shelter For Two Years, Glad To Finally Give Him A Home :)

Been In The Shelter For Two Years, Glad To Finally Give Him A Home :)

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Good on you for adopting him.

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#12

Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

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Callie Le
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1 month ago

Gorgeous girl!

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#13

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

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

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Unless your blood runs like ice water, that look would win anyone over.

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#14

Went In To Drop My Foster Kitties Off, This Little Gentleman Wouldn’t Let Go. He Ended Up Adopting Me!

Went In To Drop My Foster Kitties Off, This Little Gentleman Wouldn’t Let Go. He Ended Up Adopting Me!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Cats do chose their humans. You're lucky that he chose you.

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#15

My Husband Sunday: “We Are Not Keeping The Stray.” My Husband Today: “Don’t Wake Up Oliver, He’s Tuckered Our.” Excuse His Bed Head

My Husband Sunday: “We Are Not Keeping The Stray.” My Husband Today: “Don’t Wake Up Oliver, He’s Tuckered Our.” Excuse His Bed Head

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Resistance is futile. Oliver is beyond cute, of course.

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#16

One Month Of Progress From Our Rescue Girl. All It Took Was A Proper Diet And Some Tlc.

One Month Of Progress From Our Rescue Girl. All It Took Was A Proper Diet And Some Tlc.

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Callie Le
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1 month ago

Amazing!

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#17

This Is My Rescue Baby. He’s The Goodest Boy. 😍😍

This Is My Rescue Baby. He’s The Goodest Boy. 😍😍

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Capelli rosa e patate
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1 month ago

SNOOT

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#18

Rescue Cow

Rescue Cow

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Jos Tiguidou
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1 month ago

What? That's a thing one can do? Like...how??? I need more information.

Puna
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1 month ago

It can be done. The dairy around here was closing last year and a lot of their cows ended up being adopted. :)

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

And it's a lap water buffalo

Enid Rodriguez
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1 month ago

That's a buffalo, cape, water....possibly female, but not a moo cow

London Panda
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1 month ago

Other pet owners: *adopt a cat or dog* This amazing person: COW

Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

I think it's actually a water buffalo not a cow

Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I wanna cuddle that big lovey too!

chaitu cherry
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1 month ago

thats a buffalo

Sana Pre
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1 month ago

Oh this is adorable!! I love cows

Katie Lutesinger
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1 month ago

That looks like a buffalo to me!

Christina Uhlir
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1 month ago

gracefullikeagazelle, that is reality, this is what happens to calves - billions of them. Please good people realize it!! Ditch dairy, please. "....we are talking about the fight against injustice.....We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable." The exerts from Joaquin Phoenix's moving Oscar speech, 2 - 9 -2020. Animal agriculture is extremely cruel to animals, poisons and destroys our planet in much grater degree than industrial and car pollution combined, and dairy just as meat and eggs, causes chronic inflammations and diseases in humans (arthritis, diabetes, heart diseases, various cancers, etc.) Please choose compassion, choose life. The road to better you starts on your plate.

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CARMEN FLORES
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1 month ago

My Landlord would have a cow! Heh heh...

gracefullikeagazelle
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1 month ago

CARMEN FLORES I see what you did there =D

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Amy Gannon
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1 month ago

I’ve always dreamt of rescuing a cow. They’re such cool animals. 🐮

Carolyn Legg
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1 month ago

Yes, this is my baby!!!!

Toni Ferchak
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1 month ago

Looks like TONS of love to me !!

Christina Uhlir
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1 month ago

They deserve life free from exploitation, pain and suffering too.

Carmen Honacker
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1 month ago

I love this!

Fran Stateler
Community Member
1 month ago

You might need a farm.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
1 month ago

Supporting a farm sanctuary is rescuing a cow.... or any farm animal.

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Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Rescuing any farm animals and taken to live at special sanctuaries who have acres, who appreciate any support to sponsor the well being of each creature saved from a dreadful end needs well deserved applause.

Katie S
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1 month ago

SOOOOOO AWESOME! Totally love it!!!

Polly Culberson
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1 month ago

Just full of love.

Susi Moffitt
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1 month ago

I love cows! I’m totally moooo-ved that you adopted your cow!!

TheIsleOfSkye
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1 month ago

This needs to mooove up higher

NanZ
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1 month ago

That is so awesome. Oh man, that looks extremely heavy though.

Leslie Burleson
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1 month ago

I want a cow dogo!

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 month ago

He looks very happy with his new human Thank you for rescuing him . Cows / bulls/ farm animals need love to and a SAFE home

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Something many don't know, farm animals, also need love, they want attention !!!

Ruth Dyke
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1 month ago

You all look happy & peaceful together.

Caroline Overill
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1 month ago

Excuse me?

somnomania
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1 month ago

those horns! what a baby, cows are the best

Terry Jensen
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1 month ago

uh...thats not a cow...might be a 'cow' buffalo but it isn't a cow cow

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
1 month ago

..... who cares? It's a sentient being.

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Steve Cruz
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1 month ago

I bet it's hell on the sofa!

Jane W.
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1 month ago

Don't let her into your bed with you, though.

Pat Wooster
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1 month ago

Holy cow!!!

Candy Chitty
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1 month ago

Those horns look like a Water Buffalo

Danielle Adam
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1 month ago

need space too!

Judy Crozier
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1 month ago

lap cow?

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#19

I Live By Myself And Its Been Kind Of Tough With The Lockdown So I Adopted A Kitten 6 Weeks Ago. Bandito Has Made Life Much Better.

I Live By Myself And Its Been Kind Of Tough With The Lockdown So I Adopted A Kitten 6 Weeks Ago. Bandito Has Made Life Much Better.

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Jaekry
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1 month ago

Wee tiny baby. Hope it was older than three months when you adopted it. (Unless it as abandoned, but please do not adapt ANY animal before 13 weeks of age.)

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#20

My Name Is Mac And Today, My New Daddy Drove Over 300 Miles To Rescue Me And Give Me A Forever-Sofa!

My Name Is Mac And Today, My New Daddy Drove Over 300 Miles To Rescue Me And Give Me A Forever-Sofa!

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

Awww!

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#21

Adopted These Brothers And Couldn’t Be Happier!

Adopted These Brothers And Couldn’t Be Happier!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

These two are such sweet little floofs! Congratulations.

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#22

Still Need A Name, But I Adopted A Three Legged Husky Today, He Wanted To Say Hello To Reddit!

Still Need A Name, But I Adopted A Three Legged Husky Today, He Wanted To Say Hello To Reddit!

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pei meow
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1 month ago

Beautiful dog!

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#23

Rescued Bunny And Her 7 Babies Found Mid Winter After Some Sub-Human Dumped Them. Now Safe & Sound

Rescued Bunny And Her 7 Babies Found Mid Winter After Some Sub-Human Dumped Them. Now Safe & Sound

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Thank you for rescuing Mama Rabbit and her babies. And, the description for the sub-human is spot on.

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#24

Older Cat Was Not Pleased When We Brought Home A Rescue Kitten. Now They Are Inseparable.

Older Cat Was Not Pleased When We Brought Home A Rescue Kitten. Now They Are Inseparable.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Look at the feets!

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#25

Recently Adopted A New Pup, Say Hello To Tamago!

Recently Adopted A New Pup, Say Hello To Tamago!

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Daria B
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1 month ago

Looks like a polite gentleman.

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#26

Reddit Meet Luna My First Pet As An Adult, Aka A Stray That Walked Into My Garden And Made It Her Own Forever.

Reddit Meet Luna My First Pet As An Adult, Aka A Stray That Walked Into My Garden And Made It Her Own Forever.

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Raine Soo
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Luna walked into the right garden.

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#27

We Rescued A 7 Year Old Coonhound At The Start Of Quarantine And We Are In Love With Him And His Big Ears!

We Rescued A 7 Year Old Coonhound At The Start Of Quarantine And We Are In Love With Him And His Big Ears!

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Yana Friman
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1 month ago

He's a good boy!))

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#28

Meet Charlie! I Just Adopted My First Dog! He Has Bad Hearing But Is An Absolute Love Bug!

Meet Charlie! I Just Adopted My First Dog! He Has Bad Hearing But Is An Absolute Love Bug!

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Margaret Wells
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1 month ago

Just bewdifool!!

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#29

A Dog Rescue Called Marley's Mutts Would Like To Say Thanks To All The Dads Who Are Roped Into Fostering By Their Wives And Kids

A Dog Rescue Called Marley's Mutts Would Like To Say Thanks To All The Dads Who Are Roped Into Fostering By Their Wives And Kids

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

Even as adults, animals just love to listen to the heartbeat of someone they love.

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#30

A Friend Found This Guy On Her Farm Last Night, So My Husband I Adopted Him Today.

A Friend Found This Guy On Her Farm Last Night, So My Husband I Adopted Him Today.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

What a scrumptious little dollop of marmalade!

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#31

Vicente, A Rescue Dog, Was All Washed And In His Little Tux Waiting To Get Picked Up By His New Owners. They Didn’t Show Up. My Heart Can’t Take These Pictures! Luckily He Found New Owners Quickly

Vicente, A Rescue Dog, Was All Washed And In His Little Tux Waiting To Get Picked Up By His New Owners. They Didn’t Show Up. My Heart Can’t Take These Pictures! Luckily He Found New Owners Quickly

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Brickbats to the potential owners that never showed up!

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#32

This Is Daisy. I Adopted Her 6 Hours Ago, But I Think She’s Already Settling In.

This Is Daisy. I Adopted Her 6 Hours Ago, But I Think She’s Already Settling In.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Calicos are lots of fun. I think that she likes her new home.

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#33

Five Years Ago I Adopted A Traumatized Cat. She Was 9 Years Old At That Time. Today She Decided She Wanted Some Pets! I’m The Happiest Person Alive!

Five Years Ago I Adopted A Traumatized Cat. She Was 9 Years Old At That Time. Today She Decided She Wanted Some Pets! I’m The Happiest Person Alive!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I hate to think about what the poor kitty has been through. I'm glad that she is coming around.

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#34

Adopted My First Cat Ever Today!

Adopted My First Cat Ever Today!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Wonderful decision!

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#35

We Recently Adopted This Little Fella! He’s A 9 Month Old German Shepard Named Zev. (Hebrew For Wolf)

We Recently Adopted This Little Fella! He’s A 9 Month Old German Shepard Named Zev. (Hebrew For Wolf)

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H Edwards
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1 month ago

When did we collectively stop knowing how to spell shepherd?

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#36

Just Adopted This Pretty Girl! Her Name Is Lux And She’s 6 Years Old!

Just Adopted This Pretty Girl! Her Name Is Lux And She’s 6 Years Old!

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Alex Bailey
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1 month ago

Happy new life Lux - may it be full of belly rubs, walks and the right amount of treats!

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#37

Just Brought This Good Girl Home Yesterday From A Rescue.

Just Brought This Good Girl Home Yesterday From A Rescue.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

And it looks like she really feels like she’s home too!

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#38

This Is My New Puppy Please Say Hi To Him

This Is My New Puppy Please Say Hi To Him

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

Hiiiiiiiiiii!!!!

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#39

Got A New Kitten Who Has No Fear, This Is How I Have To Eat Every Meal Now

Got A New Kitten Who Has No Fear, This Is How I Have To Eat Every Meal Now

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Jonathan Teh
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1 month ago

I know this is a joke, but Jackson Galaxy has some tips on YouTube for cat owners on how to encourage cats not to hassle their humans for food - AND without resorting to squirt guns.

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#40

First Ever Cake Day In 10 Years Of Reddit That I've Remembered To Post Something So Here, Have A Picture Of My New Rescue Pup Shenzi.

First Ever Cake Day In 10 Years Of Reddit That I've Remembered To Post Something So Here, Have A Picture Of My New Rescue Pup Shenzi.

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pusheen buttercup
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1 month ago

Beautiful!

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