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).
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!
How It Started vs. How It’s Going
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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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.
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
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.