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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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months ago

Amazing!

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

It's so sad that she was in that condition in the first place.

Amy Gannon
Community Member
2 months ago

I love that you rescued the pup that needed you most. Thank you

STRANGER THINGS fan
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1 month ago

I bless you for saving the girl.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job.

E Menendez
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2 months ago (edited)

A lot of times spots like that are due to a brain allergy and/or fungal infections due to the high blood sugar brought in by grain heavy dog food.

Kristin Hurley
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow!!❤️

Faith Nicole
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1 month ago

What a beautiful dog she is 😍

sharron lynn parsons
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1 month ago

Bless you for caring, you will be happy !!!

Judy Rofe
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1 month ago

Well done, you!

Catherine Stiteler
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful !

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

Well done ❤️.

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
1 month ago

She is looking lovely. Good job.

Elsie Collins
Community Member
1 month ago

Stress can do that to a girl!!!

Caryl Shakshober
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1 month ago

Where did you get her?

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
1 month ago

Mange is terrible+so uncomfortable for the poor fur baby. Glad its all gone now

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Than you she is one who was saved and is loved

Alison Welles
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! This is how we do it!

Katie S
Community Member
1 month ago

You rock!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
1 month ago

TLC wins!

Judy Watson
Community Member
1 month ago

Works every time=*..*=

Brenda Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! What a change! 💞

Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless you for taking her on.... looks like she is thriving !

Anna Salerno
Community Member
1 month ago

Kudos for taking care of this beautiful dog.❤️🐕❤️

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Intriguing how her skin is spotted all over, but it doesn't show in her fur.

Bernadette Robson
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless you for rescuing this sweet girl. She looks amazing💖.

Polly Culberson
Community Member
1 month ago

Awe!

Toni Ferchak
Community Member
1 month ago

TLC is the cure for all !!

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

I love great Pyrenees dogs. They will protect their family at any cost. They were raised initially to kill bears, so they are quite capable of taking care of a family.

Rita DS
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1 month ago

The lifted tail says everything 🥰

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless you.

Cheryl Fontaine
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1 month ago

Bless your beautiful heart...

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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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2 months ago

SNOOT

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#18

Rescue Cow

Rescue Cow

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Jos Tiguidou
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2 months ago

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

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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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months ago

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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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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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2 months ago

Beautiful!

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