What every good boy and girl needs is a forever home and owners who love them to the moon and back. And, let’s be honest, in a perfect world, there’d be no need for rescue shelters because our bestest friends would all have roofs over their derpy heads where they can blep in peace.

It might not be a perfect world, but there are some great human beings out there who open up their homes (and their hearts) to doggos in need. The r/BeforeNAfterAdoption community is the place to go if you’re in need of an emotional pick-me-up. Cuz photos of sad doggos turning into happy canines will melt your soul and make you feel like life’s full of light.

Upvote the dog pics that made you smile the widest, and let us know if you’ve ever rescued a canine in the comments, dear Pandas. In the mood for some more cozy adopted pet photos from the 351k-member-strong r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit? Jump straight into Bored Panda’s magical animal rescue wonderland right here (so many doggos) and here (much wow).

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My Foster Dog’s 2 Month Glow Up

My Foster Dog’s 2 Month Glow Up

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Glow up indeed! The doggo is glowing in the second photo. That was an incredible transformation. I feel bad that s/he had to suffer.

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Miley, Who Came To Me As A Hospice Foster Dog Since She Wasn’t Expected To Live And We Just Wanted To Make Her Comfortable. This Is Her, A Year And A Half Later!

Miley, Who Came To Me As A Hospice Foster Dog Since She Wasn’t Expected To Live And We Just Wanted To Make Her Comfortable. This Is Her, A Year And A Half Later!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

The first photo is just heartbreaking. Good on you for turning Miley's life around.

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#3

How It Started vs. How It’s Going

How It Started vs. How It’s Going

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

The are so many cases of dogs with mange. At least, it's going great now.

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Bored Panda was incredibly curious to find out what the best way to introduce our newest family members to everyone at home should be. So we reached out to the friendly team at the ASPCA. With over 3.3 million dogs going into US animal shelters each year, the ASPCA are experts on the subject of adoptions.

Kelly DiCicco, the ASPCA Adoptions Promotions Manager, told Bored Panda that when it comes to introducing pets to new family members, everyone should take it slow. Have patience. And it’ll pay off. The same tactics apply both to adopted dogs and to cats, too (for any of you feline-lovers out there).

“Do not approach the dog or cat, but allow them to come to you. If the animal begins to show signs of feeling uncomfortable, you should end your session and try again later.”

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Brodie Was Brought Into The Shelter After His Mom Attacked Him. Now He's A Qualified Therapy Dog For People With Disabilities

Brodie Was Brought Into The Shelter After His Mom Attacked Him. Now He's A Qualified Therapy Dog For People With Disabilities

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

I bet Brodie brings so much joy.

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#5

1 Year Update. 100% Team Work!

1 Year Update. 100% Team Work!

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MagicalUnicorn
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12 months ago

adorable fluffballs :)

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#6

Yesterday Was Lupa's Gotcha Day, This Is The Difference A Year In A Good Home Makes!

Yesterday Was Lupa's Gotcha Day, This Is The Difference A Year In A Good Home Makes!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Aww, bless you Lupa.

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DiCicco pointed out that there are certain cues you should look out for that indicate that your new dog (or cat) is feeling uncomfortable and needs some alone time.

“In dogs, this could include ‘whale eyes’—a term used to describe when a dog shows the whites of their eyes—paw lifts, lip licking, yawning, and pacing. In cats, this may include hissing, swatting, and keeping their ears pinned back,” she said.

“People don’t like being forced to interact with someone they’re not comfortable with, and neither do pets! Giving the dog or cat a few of its favorite tasty treats during these sessions can help.” We couldn’t agree more. And if we, people, could get treats whenever we’re feeling uncomfortable, life would be almost perfect.

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Our Foster Pup When She Was Found On The Streets As A Sick, Discarded, Breeder Mama And Then A Few Days Ago, Napping Peacefully On Our Bed

Our Foster Pup When She Was Found On The Streets As A Sick, Discarded, Breeder Mama And Then A Few Days Ago, Napping Peacefully On Our Bed

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Poor girl, tossed away when she was no longer useful. Puppy mill breeders make me sick.

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#8

Meet Julie. This Is About 6 Weeks Of Progress

Meet Julie. This Is About 6 Weeks Of Progress

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

The first photo is just painful. I'm glad that Julie is doing much better.

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#9

PB From The Cat House PH. Unbelievable Transformation

PB From The Cat House PH. Unbelievable Transformation

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Ziva Kravdahl
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12 months ago

Omg I just want to cry how bad it was. Look at those poor paws...

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What's more, in an earlier interview, DiCicco told us that keeping “an open mind and heart” is best when heading to an animal or rescue shelter. You might just walk out with a pet you never even considered before. DiCicco stressed that anyone willing to adopt a pet shouldn’t be shy about asking shelter staff lots and lots of questions.

“Every shelter has a unique population of animals and no one knows them like the people who work with them every day. Plus, shelter staff have expertise in making successful matches and can help prospective adopters decide whether an animal is a good personality and lifestyle fit. They also consider a potential adopter’s lifestyle, home environment, and the animal’s potential compatibility with children and other animals in the home in order to make matches that are a good fit,” she said.

#10

This Is Lucy, From Nov 1 To Today. My Amazing Wife Saved Her From The Streets And Disease

This Is Lucy, From Nov 1 To Today. My Amazing Wife Saved Her From The Streets And Disease

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R L
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12 months ago

She's progressed in leaps and bounds in such a short space of time.

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#11

Harvey Was Born The Runt Of A 12 Puppy Litter. The First Picture Is His First Day With Us At 3.5 Pounds And Lots Of Health Issues. He’s Now 32 Pounds And Getting Quite Handsome!

Harvey Was Born The Runt Of A 12 Puppy Litter. The First Picture Is His First Day With Us At 3.5 Pounds And Lots Of Health Issues. He’s Now 32 Pounds And Getting Quite Handsome!

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MagicalUnicorn
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12 months ago

beautiful face pattern <3

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#12

From A Hoarder House With 100+ Dogs To A Home Of Her Own! I Had Fostered Her Since November And Officially Adopted Her Last Month!

From A Hoarder House With 100+ Dogs To A Home Of Her Own! I Had Fostered Her Since November And Officially Adopted Her Last Month!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Happy Happy girl! I love the smile.

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#13

Patron Was Found Discarded In A Trash Bag On The Side Of The Highway At 4 Weeks Old. 8 Weeks Later, He’s A Very Happy Boy And We Couldn’t Love Him More!

Patron Was Found Discarded In A Trash Bag On The Side Of The Highway At 4 Weeks Old. 8 Weeks Later, He’s A Very Happy Boy And We Couldn’t Love Him More!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Discarded? Some people are just so disgusting and heartless. The same fate (tossed out like trash and left to die) should befall Patron's former 'owners'.

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Hiya, This Is Rimosa! I Rescued Her Back In June Of 2019. She Had Yeast, Heart Worms, Lots Of Other Infections, Missing Teeth, She Was Missing Most Of Her Hair, And She Had Been Beaten. She's Fine Now, Top Picture Was The Day I Brought Her Home And The Other Was Last Week. Working On Her Manners Now

Hiya, This Is Rimosa! I Rescued Her Back In June Of 2019. She Had Yeast, Heart Worms, Lots Of Other Infections, Missing Teeth, She Was Missing Most Of Her Hair, And She Had Been Beaten. She's Fine Now, Top Picture Was The Day I Brought Her Home And The Other Was Last Week. Working On Her Manners Now

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

People who beat their pets should be strung up by their fingernails. They make me so angry. :(

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#15

This Boy Came To My Partner And I As A Foster Dog, But Within Hours Of Meeting We Knew We Wanted To Keep Him Forever. Introducing Hades, My Big Soft Goofball

This Boy Came To My Partner And I As A Foster Dog, But Within Hours Of Meeting We Knew We Wanted To Keep Him Forever. Introducing Hades, My Big Soft Goofball

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Flowers
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12 months ago

He's got a cute smile!

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#16

He Went From Mistreated, Frail And On The Verge Of Death To A Happy Pupper With A Heart Of Gold! Meet Jack

He Went From Mistreated, Frail And On The Verge Of Death To A Happy Pupper With A Heart Of Gold! Meet Jack

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago (edited)

Oh, poor Jack. How do people do that to a pet? I am trying not to burst a blood vessel, so I'll just say: wonderful transformation.

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#17

Izzie, Rescued By Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Izzie, Rescued By Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Izzie deserves the good life in her/his senior years. They all do.

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#18

It's Been 4 Months Since I Caught Marley And Her Puppies. She Was Living As Part Of A Feral Pack For 13 Months After Being Abandoned, And It Took Me 3 Months To Gain Her Trust. She Seems To Know Everything's Going To Be Alright Now

It's Been 4 Months Since I Caught Marley And Her Puppies. She Was Living As Part Of A Feral Pack For 13 Months After Being Abandoned, And It Took Me 3 Months To Gain Her Trust. She Seems To Know Everything's Going To Be Alright Now

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Foxxy (The Original)
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12 months ago

Curious to know what happened with her puppies, I do hope they found happy forever homes.

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#19

My Friend Adopted A Senior Dog That Had Been Shot In The Leg And Left To Die. These Pictures Are A Day Apart

My Friend Adopted A Senior Dog That Had Been Shot In The Leg And Left To Die. These Pictures Are A Day Apart

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

What sort of scum shoots a dog?!?

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#20

Mary, The Dog Rescued From The Street With A Collar Ingrown To Her Trachea. Before And After In 2 Months

Mary, The Dog Rescued From The Street With A Collar Ingrown To Her Trachea. Before And After In 2 Months

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Poor Mary...How do people live with themselves?

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Charlie Before And After His Adoption

Charlie Before And After His Adoption

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Cornelia Smith
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12 months ago

Look at that beautiful smile:)

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#22

I Adopted My Sweet Girl From A Kill Shelter In Atlanta, Georgia. She’s Living Her Best Life In Halifax, Nova Scotia!

I Adopted My Sweet Girl From A Kill Shelter In Atlanta, Georgia. She’s Living Her Best Life In Halifax, Nova Scotia!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Welcome to Canada!

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#23

Three Short Weeks And Lots Of Love

Three Short Weeks And Lots Of Love

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Enalpria
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12 months ago

She's so photogenic!

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#24

The Car Ride Home, She Trembled And Hid Her Face; Now, Her True Personality Shines Through! She’s Silly!

The Car Ride Home, She Trembled And Hid Her Face; Now, Her True Personality Shines Through! She’s Silly!

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Stitches
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12 months ago

Look at the cute little derp!

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#25

Wilbur Was Found As A Stray, Missing Hair, Underweight And His Whole Body Was Inflamed Due To Allergies. Two Years Later My Boy Is Happy, Healthy And The Love Of My Life!

Wilbur Was Found As A Stray, Missing Hair, Underweight And His Whole Body Was Inflamed Due To Allergies. Two Years Later My Boy Is Happy, Healthy And The Love Of My Life!

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R L
Community Member
12 months ago

Ears :)

#26

From The Little Girl On Doggy Death Row (Hours From Being Put Down), Too Scared To Come Out Of Her Crate To Eat, To Today. Happy Gotcha Day To Wags!

From The Little Girl On Doggy Death Row (Hours From Being Put Down), Too Scared To Come Out Of Her Crate To Eat, To Today. Happy Gotcha Day To Wags!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago (edited)

The sadness in her eyes is heartbreaking. That's a happy transformation, by the way.

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#27

Coco Came To Us Skin And Bones. Fast Forward A Few Months And She's A Happy, Healthy Pup With A Forever Home To Boot!

Coco Came To Us Skin And Bones. Fast Forward A Few Months And She's A Happy, Healthy Pup With A Forever Home To Boot!

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

Why, why, and why? Yeah, I know. People can be assholes.

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#28

What A Difference A Month Makes!

What A Difference A Month Makes!

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Diane Patrick
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12 months ago

She is just beautiful.

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#29

Rescued Peanut 6 Months Ago From An Abusive Home. He Had Fleas Everywhere And Was Very Matted So I Had To Shave Him

Rescued Peanut 6 Months Ago From An Abusive Home. He Had Fleas Everywhere And Was Very Matted So I Had To Shave Him

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Emily Chandler
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12 months ago

I love Peanut. The names amazing as well 🥰

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My Foster Dog The Day He Was Rescued From Animal Hoarders, And Today

My Foster Dog The Day He Was Rescued From Animal Hoarders, And Today

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Flowers
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12 months ago

Cute! He looks a little bit like a Llama in the recent photo.

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