There is still good in this world. Good dogs, I mean. And it's our job to protect them. One of the best ways to show compassion to our four-legged best friends is to adopt those in need.

About 3.3 million dogs end up in animal shelters across the United States every year, and about 670K of them are euthanized. While these numbers are heartbreaking, the latter has been steadily declining. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that is one of the main reasons why there is an increase in the percentage of animals adopted.

The subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption is the perfect proof of rising dog adoption rates. It has over 274K members, many of which post pictures, revealing the spectacular transformations their adorable dogs have gone through. Scroll down to check these before and after photos out and fire up Bored Panda's equally touching posts about rescue pets here and here. It's incredible to see what love can do.

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A Korean Family Rescued This Golden From A Breeding Facility. Went From 15 Lbs To A Healthy 60 Lbs

A Korean Family Rescued This Golden From A Breeding Facility. Went From 15 Lbs To A Healthy 60 Lbs

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

The first photo of this retriever is heartbreaking. The poor thing was just skin and bones. The breeding facility was cruel beyond belief. I hope that it was shut down, fined, and never had the chance to resurface again. And, the dogs got to go to wonderful homes.

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It's estimated that 78 million dogs are owned in the United States. That means that roughly 44% of all households in the country have pet dogs. The American Pet Products Association said that 34% of them are purchased from breeders and 23% are obtained from a dog shelter or humane society.

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My Gorgeous Pupper With Her Puppies Before I Adopted Her And Now 3.5 Years Later

My Gorgeous Pupper With Her Puppies Before I Adopted Her And Now 3.5 Years Later

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Yes, she is a beautiful dog. Thank you for helping.

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Problematic and aggressive behaviors, the dog growing larger than expected, or various health problems are reported to be the most common reasons why owners rehome their pets. However, as this post proves, there still are kind-hearted, responsible people who aren't afraid of these challenges their cute dogs give.

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Meet Anna! She Was Living On The Streets Of Italy Before My Mom Brought Her To Germany. Now She's Happy And Loves Her Buddy Iluq

Meet Anna! She Was Living On The Streets Of Italy Before My Mom Brought Her To Germany. Now She's Happy And Loves Her Buddy Iluq

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Thank you for rescuing Anna. She is so happy now, and is smiling and laughing.

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#4

The Shelter I Volunteer For Has Incredible Before And After’s

The Shelter I Volunteer For Has Incredible Before And After’s

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

It pains me to see any animal fearful, skeletal, and miserable. Thank you for breathing life back into this dog.

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#5

We Found Her Infested With Fleas On The Curb 3 Months Ago. Her Name Is Sky And She Likes The Rain.

We Found Her Infested With Fleas On The Curb 3 Months Ago. Her Name Is Sky And She Likes The Rain.

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Francis
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5 months ago

what a beautiful pupper!

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#6

From A Severe Case Of Mange And Dumpster Diving In The Streets Of San Antonio To 3 Months Later Loving Life, Growing, And Learning Sign Language! Meet Our Deaf Dog, Rue!

From A Severe Case Of Mange And Dumpster Diving In The Streets Of San Antonio To 3 Months Later Loving Life, Growing, And Learning Sign Language! Meet Our Deaf Dog, Rue!

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glowworm2
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5 months ago

This poor dog was dumpster diving? Thank you for saving this beautiful dog.

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#7

No One Wanted To Adopt Him Because Of His Cropped Ears And "Scary" Looking Face. He Had Stopped Eating At The Pound And Was Severely Underweight. Now Bronco Is Healthy, Always Smiling, And Loved By Everyone He Meets

No One Wanted To Adopt Him Because Of His Cropped Ears And "Scary" Looking Face. He Had Stopped Eating At The Pound And Was Severely Underweight. Now Bronco Is Healthy, Always Smiling, And Loved By Everyone He Meets

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

People who crop ears and tails are pieces of shit, I'm glad this dog got a loving home!

Greta Toločkaitė
Community Member
5 months ago

also, people refusing to adopt because of cropped ears are pieces of shit, just less smelly perhaps

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Jessica
Community Member
5 months ago

There is no excuse for cropping and docking if an owner even does minimal research they will immediately know that it's unnecessary and cruel. Doing shit so a dog fits a breed standard is repulsive and selfish. The ONLY thing I would understand is if your pup keeps breaking it's tail from wagging too hard or if the ears Are severely damaged and it would be in the dogs best interest. Not to achieve a look

Amy Cohen
Community Member
5 months ago

I knew about cropping ears but I didn’t know about tails. When I got my baby, I thought he had the cutest little nub of a tail. It wasn’t until 3 years later did my friend tell me it wasn’t natural. I cried a bit.

ChaiDai
Community Member
5 months ago

I love him!

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
5 months ago

And they cropped them so short too. It's so sad.

Lisa Beth
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, whoever did it really botched it

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Laur 24
Community Member
5 months ago

that face is far from scary!!!

Rebecca Page
Community Member
5 months ago

Please everyone ...do not overlook pitties at the shelters. They are very generous with their love and appreciation! Excellent dogs.

NanZ
Community Member
5 months ago

The first picture shows such sadness in his eyes and it is heartbreaking. The second one shows how loved he is and he knows it!

NWB
Community Member
5 months ago

look at his smile!!!!!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
5 months ago

I laughed out loud to see his happy face. What a good boy!

Valereee
Community Member
4 months ago

In the before pic, he looks so sad & helpless

JLaw
Community Member
5 months ago

Look how happy and perky he looks now! Such a turnaround.

berna zapominszki
Community Member
5 months ago

<3

Irene Petrocelli
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't see any scary face in before pic, only a very sad puppy. He's beautiful.

Olivia Masterson
Community Member
5 months ago

The difference is breath taking

Sally Elliott
Community Member
5 months ago

What a smile!

Emma Rapp
Community Member
5 months ago

He’s smiling 😁💗

Annie
Community Member
5 months ago

The difference is like night and day. Such a happy face!

Linda Milgate
Community Member
5 months ago

yes, too bad we can't crop the ones mutilating animals, shouldn't bother them since they think its okay.

Barb Logan
Community Member
5 months ago

He probably was used for fighting.

Jona Thiessen
Community Member
5 months ago

So handsome!!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
5 months ago

That's a sweet face, how could you not love it?

Catherine Safos
Community Member
4 months ago

Who's a happy doggie? You are! Yes you are!

Elise
Community Member
4 months ago

Look at the cute little puppy next to him in the first picture!!!

Karen Lyon
Community Member
4 months ago

That before face is scary? Um, okay, whatever.. People who thought that probably just had a bias against pits. Love pic #2!

Elise
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Whoever didn't adopt him because he has cropped ears and a "scary face" is just cruel. She looks sad in the first picture, not scary, and her ears are cute, cropped or not. She is so beautiful in the first picture, and the second.

Wendy Yim
Community Member
5 months ago

it wasn't his fault but he suffered for it, thank God he has a home now

Batwench
Community Member
5 months ago

That is not a scary face. Doggo handsome.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
5 months ago

He is so handsome - I am so happy you rescued him. He was so depressed and sad.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Bless you for rescuing him, you have healed his body and soul !!!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty boy, Bronco!

Lindsey Hopkins
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg! Look at his HAPPY after face!!!

rishika chanda
Community Member
5 months ago

He is amazing ♥️♥️♥️

ERIN W.
Community Member
5 months ago

AWESOME SMILE! LOVE IT!

Dr supriya Singh
Community Member
5 months ago

He was so nice before also,with straight ears but with some sorrowness in the eyes,but I m very happy he has got loving home,smiling on his face ,god bless u all n Ur family

libo07
Community Member
5 months ago

His smile 😍

Orionpax75
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg look at his face he's so happy, I would have taken him in a heartbeat so happy for him :)

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
5 months ago

I can't believe how shallow some people can be towards animals... I mean, if you see a human with a disability or a deformation in need, you don't say "Oh you're too ugly for me to help sorry", no! You help them! Ok some people may not but that's beside the point. These poor animals who got anything cropped by their previous "owners" NEED to be adopted more! Everyone calls them scary or taboo! No! ThEiR LiViNg AniMaLs YoU DiPsHiT aNd iT AiN't ThEiR fAuLt ThEy Be LoOkiN So CrUsTy So LeNd ThEm A pAw AnD AdOpT tHeM!!!!!!!

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#8

When We Met Her In The Shelter My Daughter Immediately Started Whispering In Her Ear “Your Okay, We’ll Take You Home And Keep You Safe, We Love You Already”

When We Met Her In The Shelter My Daughter Immediately Started Whispering In Her Ear “Your Okay, We’ll Take You Home And Keep You Safe, We Love You Already”

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Rachel Neye
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5 months ago

Your daughter has the heart of gold

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#9

I Adopted 13 Year Old Phyllis One Year Ago Today! She Came In Emaciated, Flea Anemic And With A 5 Lb Tumour On Her Side. No One Thought She Was Going To Make It And Here We Are One Year Later! Happy Adoption Day, My Little Philly Cheesesteak!

I Adopted 13 Year Old Phyllis One Year Ago Today! She Came In Emaciated, Flea Anemic And With A 5 Lb Tumour On Her Side. No One Thought She Was Going To Make It And Here We Are One Year Later! Happy Adoption Day, My Little Philly Cheesesteak!

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Awkward Manatee
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks young and happy for 13!

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#10

Adoption Day vs. Today. She Has Come A Long Way And Is Spoiled Rotten

Adoption Day vs. Today. She Has Come A Long Way And Is Spoiled Rotten

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

Are dogs in this bad shape being adopted out? I thought they usually went to a foster home to gain weight and get healthy. But maybe that's different in each country!

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#11

New Foster Pup Nic, She’s Come So Far Already!

New Foster Pup Nic, She’s Come So Far Already!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

This poor dog has open wounds! I can only imagine the level of neglect she must have suffered. Some people don't deserve the privilege of having a pet. I'm glad to see that she is doing much better.

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This Is Ruthie, Our 16yr Old Chihuahua Mix. December Close To Death In The Shelter Compared To Now. Old Dogs Are Worth Adopting Too!

This Is Ruthie, Our 16yr Old Chihuahua Mix. December Close To Death In The Shelter Compared To Now. Old Dogs Are Worth Adopting Too!

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm really happy people are adopting elderly pets! They bring as much happiness to your life as younger pets, and no pet deserves to die of old age at the shelter

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#13

Gus Gus Was Saved From The Meat Trade In China. He Just Moved Into His Forever Home And Now Gets To Spend His Vacations In Tahoe

Gus Gus Was Saved From The Meat Trade In China. He Just Moved Into His Forever Home And Now Gets To Spend His Vacations In Tahoe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

You don't want to know how I feel about China and their meat trade.

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#14

Rambo Was Left Behind By His Family And Found Tied Inside A Dark Shed By The New Owners. Here's His Before And After

Rambo Was Left Behind By His Family And Found Tied Inside A Dark Shed By The New Owners. Here's His Before And After

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Nash Nopper
Community Member
5 months ago

why... just why? Poor doggo.... glad he is rescued!

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#15

Timmy Was Hit Over The Head With A Blunt Object By His Racing Trainer. After Surgery To Repair His Broken Skull, Therapy To Help Him Regain Proper Use Of His Legs And Plenty Of Tlc He Was Rehomed And Lived Everyday To The Fullest!

Timmy Was Hit Over The Head With A Blunt Object By His Racing Trainer. After Surgery To Repair His Broken Skull, Therapy To Help Him Regain Proper Use Of His Legs And Plenty Of Tlc He Was Rehomed And Lived Everyday To The Fullest!

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

What the hell? I hope that someone took a blunt object to that horrible trainer. Dogs are sentient beings, not just property. I'm happy that the dog made it through the trauma.

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I Found Her 4 Years Ago, Covered In Blisters, No Hair And Starved... Who Knew She'd Be The Love Of My Life. She's The Greatest

I Found Her 4 Years Ago, Covered In Blisters, No Hair And Starved... Who Knew She'd Be The Love Of My Life. She's The Greatest

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Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

i erally don't know why, but i think her snout is soooo cute *___*

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Lucia, Right After She Was Rescued From A Hoarder. You Couldn’t Touch Her. Curious But Terrified. Fast Forward 2 Years She’s Fluffy And Fat And Happy

Lucia, Right After She Was Rescued From A Hoarder. You Couldn’t Touch Her. Curious But Terrified. Fast Forward 2 Years She’s Fluffy And Fat And Happy

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Kaisu
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm glad she got healthy in a loving home! And even got a buddy too so she's not alone

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#18

Rescued A Skeleton And Ended Up With This Sweet Girl Who Is Always Smiling

Rescued A Skeleton And Ended Up With This Sweet Girl Who Is Always Smiling

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful dog! I love her eyebrow dots.

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Rescued Last Night, Settled In 2 Hours Later And Slept With Me All Night

Rescued Last Night, Settled In 2 Hours Later And Slept With Me All Night

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Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

finally save and loved

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#20

This Is Dobby! She Came Into My Life A Few Months Ago After Terrible Neglect From Her Previous Owners. With Some Love And Care (And A Lot Of Food) She Has Turned Into A Whole New Dog! She Is My Everything

This Is Dobby! She Came Into My Life A Few Months Ago After Terrible Neglect From Her Previous Owners. With Some Love And Care (And A Lot Of Food) She Has Turned Into A Whole New Dog! She Is My Everything

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Dobby is such a cutie! Her previous owners need to be starved the way she was. Thank you for being her everything!

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My Next-Door Neighbors Abandoned Their Dog And Got A New Puppy. She Was In The Shelter For A Full Month Before I Realized What Happened. This Is Missy In The Shelter, And When She Realized She's Never Going Back

My Next-Door Neighbors Abandoned Their Dog And Got A New Puppy. She Was In The Shelter For A Full Month Before I Realized What Happened. This Is Missy In The Shelter, And When She Realized She's Never Going Back

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Your neighbours are assholes for trading in a family member for a newer model. Why couldn't they just keep both?

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#22

Barkley, Rescued From The Streets Of Puerto Rico And Loved Back To Health

Barkley, Rescued From The Streets Of Puerto Rico And Loved Back To Health

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kathryn stretton
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5 months ago

Mange is such a disaster for so many street dogs, wordlwide.

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#23

Our Pug Had A Hard Start To Life. Raised By A Trucker Who Couldn’t Take Care Of Him And Get Him The Treatment He Needed. Then A Vet Who Didn’t Diagnose Him Correctly. Now He’s A Healthy Stud-Muffin!

Our Pug Had A Hard Start To Life. Raised By A Trucker Who Couldn’t Take Care Of Him And Get Him The Treatment He Needed. Then A Vet Who Didn’t Diagnose Him Correctly. Now He’s A Healthy Stud-Muffin!

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Ilona
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks so handsome!

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#24

This Is Dex. He Fought For His Life After Having Been Left For Dead On The Streets Of Austin. After 10 Weeks Of Being Nursed Back To Health By Pug Rescue Austin, We Were Lucky Enough To Adopt Him In Our Loving Home

This Is Dex. He Fought For His Life After Having Been Left For Dead On The Streets Of Austin. After 10 Weeks Of Being Nursed Back To Health By Pug Rescue Austin, We Were Lucky Enough To Adopt Him In Our Loving Home

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Clavelle
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a completely different dog.

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#25

This Is Casey, A Senior Who Was Used For Breeding Then Dumped On The Roadside With A Very Large Tumor & A Blind Eye

This Is Casey, A Senior Who Was Used For Breeding Then Dumped On The Roadside With A Very Large Tumor & A Blind Eye

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor Casey was used, abused, and then tossed out like trash. The breeders were disgusting money grabbers who did not care about their animals. I'm glad to see that Casey is doing much better.

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Took In This Sweet Angel When I Heard She Was About To Be Tossed In The Garbage By A Breeder For Being A Runt. Four Months Later, And Yumi Is The Most Playful, Loving, Healthy Gal

Took In This Sweet Angel When I Heard She Was About To Be Tossed In The Garbage By A Breeder For Being A Runt. Four Months Later, And Yumi Is The Most Playful, Loving, Healthy Gal

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Breeders are the worst human beings.

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Ruth Was Used For Breeding And Then Dumped. She Had Soft, Tender Paws From Being Locked Up All The Time And Was Found Tied To A Fence In The July Heat. I Was Honestly A Little Afraid At First But She Is So Docile And Sweet. She Was Adopted By People Who Love And Spoil Her. Her Face Says Everything

Ruth Was Used For Breeding And Then Dumped. She Had Soft, Tender Paws From Being Locked Up All The Time And Was Found Tied To A Fence In The July Heat. I Was Honestly A Little Afraid At First But She Is So Docile And Sweet. She Was Adopted By People Who Love And Spoil Her. Her Face Says Everything

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Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

As I keep saying, breeders are bloody awful.

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#28

Suffering From Mange And Unable To Take Care Of Her Puppies To Romping In The Cascade Mountains And A Closet Full Of Bandanas In Every Color

Suffering From Mange And Unable To Take Care Of Her Puppies To Romping In The Cascade Mountains And A Closet Full Of Bandanas In Every Color

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Tia Hansen
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF HAPPENED TO HER PUPS D:<

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#29

This Guy Walked Into Our Hotel In Nepal And Never Checked Out

This Guy Walked Into Our Hotel In Nepal And Never Checked Out

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maswartz
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5 months ago

Dogs seem to know where love is

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#30

This Puppy Was Abandoned On Backroads With Zip Tie Tightened Around His Jaw. Look How Happy He Is At His New Forever Home

This Puppy Was Abandoned On Backroads With Zip Tie Tightened Around His Jaw. Look How Happy He Is At His New Forever Home

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Dutch Vee
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF is wrong with people? I wish all these animal abusers would get the justice they truly deserve!

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