The animal shelter is not a place that we typically associate with joyful moments and silly mischief, but even the dogs and cats who are waiting for their permanent homes can have some fun. After all, when their bellies are full and sleep is tight, why not give the animal rescue caretakers a little extra work and well-meaning tricks to deal with.

It’s no surprise that the usual suspects to your local animal shelter's good times are cats, but dogs and even random sheep and goats weigh in with their share. From felines seeking the adopter's attention with elaborate bios and dogs befriending goats on their runaway trips to various funny animals stuck in the most unimaginable places ever, the fluffy companions seem to keep their good spirits while waiting for their humans. And thankfully, there's always someone to snap these funny photos with perfect timing.

So if you’re ready for some cute animals, scroll down to check our compilation of pets making the most of their time while at the animal shelter. Don’t forget to comment and vote for the most unexpected animal pictures!

#1 The Shelter Staff Said They Do This All Day

The Shelter Staff Said They Do This All Day

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

their names need to be Romeo and Juliet

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#2 A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

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Carmen Elena 3 months ago

awwww this one got me <3<3<3

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#3 Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

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MySisterKeepsChangingMyProfile 3 months ago

That boy's face...the boy and the dog have just found a friend for life.

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#4 This Dog Up For Adoption At The Animal Shelter

This Dog Up For Adoption At The Animal Shelter

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

"I see you are trying to leave. Would you like me to walk you home?"

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#5 Went To Volunteer At The Humane Society, And The Security Bag Check Was Pretty Intense

Went To Volunteer At The Humane Society, And The Security Bag Check Was Pretty Intense

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Kathryn Baylis 3 months ago

I'm afraid I'd be forced into leaving with a full purse. Takin' home an extra fiver...

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#6 These Two Strays Wew Found Wandering The Streets Together In California

These Two Strays Wew Found Wandering The Streets Together In California

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Amery 3 months ago

Awhhhh....another example of 'best friends' coming in all colors, creeds, breeds..... (<< you get the gist...) SWEET~!!!!

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#7 This Cat Is Too Cool To Be Homeless

This Cat Is Too Cool To Be Homeless

WrightWayRescueAnimalShelter Report

BeenElle 3 months ago

Six toes! This kitty has an extra toe on the front paws. 🙀

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#8 This Dog At The Shelter Pressed Himself Up Against The Fence So I Could Reach Through And Pet Him

This Dog At The Shelter Pressed Himself Up Against The Fence So I Could Reach Through And Pet Him

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

Oh my GOD, I want him. I just want to him give endless hugs forever and ever.

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#9 Went To Pick Up Dog From Kennel And Found Her Like This

Went To Pick Up Dog From Kennel And Found Her Like This

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

"It's not what it looks like, I can explain honest"

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#10 The Animal Shelter Sign Wasn't Lying

The Animal Shelter Sign Wasn't Lying

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Amery 3 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA~!! Door dasher / stalker, LoL~!!

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#11 Sundays At A Cat Rescue

Sundays At A Cat Rescue

NTX_cat_rescue Report

Amery 3 months ago

....AKA, heaven? :)

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#12 Went To The Humane Society To Look At A Kitty. I Think I Was Adopted

Went To The Humane Society To Look At A Kitty. I Think I Was Adopted

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

Parrots are out dated anyway matey ;p

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#13 This Man Volunteers Every Day At My Local Shelter For Special Needs Kitties, And Each One Of Them Gets In Their Turn For A Cuddly Cat Nap

 This Man Volunteers Every Day At My Local Shelter For Special Needs Kitties, And Each One Of Them Gets In Their Turn For A Cuddly Cat Nap

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NWB 3 months ago

dream job...cats and sleeping...sign me up!

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#14 He's Lost Without His Bucket And Will Have To Take It To His New Forever Home

He's Lost Without His Bucket And Will Have To Take It To His New Forever Home

Rescue Me Ohio Report

Amery 3 months ago

AWWWWWHH... he's so precious~!! I'd take him home in a heartbeat, as long as he doesn't drag it into my bed to snuggle me with, LoL~!!!

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#15 This Cat At My Local Rescue Shelter Has Ridiculously Long Legs

This Cat At My Local Rescue Shelter Has Ridiculously Long Legs

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

Is his name Stretch?

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#16 Perfect Photobomb

Perfect Photobomb

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Amery 3 months ago

Yep, he matches his 'most wanted' poster~!!!! Tongue and all~!!

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#17 Walked Into The Dog Shelter This Morning And This Little Lady Was About To Make Her Escape

Walked Into The Dog Shelter This Morning And This Little Lady Was About To Make Her Escape

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Amery 3 months ago

Time to 'catch' your escaped con, methinks~!!!!

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#18 Professor Jiggly: "This Isn't As Much Freedom As I Expected"

Professor Jiggly: "This Isn't As Much Freedom As I Expected"

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NWB 3 months ago

THIS FREEDOM IS FAKE!!!! FAKE I TELL YOU!!!

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#19 An Elderly Woman Brought A Stray "Cat" Into Our Shelter Today

An Elderly Woman Brought A Stray "Cat" Into Our Shelter Today

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Corey Stacy 3 months ago

Ah yes, the elusive black-banded cat

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#20 This Is The Chillest Cat At The Shelter Where I Work

This Is The Chillest Cat At The Shelter Where I Work

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Amery 3 months ago

This kitty has 'scratch my belly' all over his/her face, for sure!

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#21 I Visited A Cat Shelter On A Houseboat In Amsterdam And Met A Very Friendly Face

I Visited A Cat Shelter On A Houseboat In Amsterdam And Met A Very Friendly Face

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Amery 3 months ago

Talk about a 'Sour Puss' .... hahahahahaha~!!!!

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#22 Does Anyone Know This Cat? He Is 31,4 Pounds. He Clearly Had Someone Feeding Him But Was Brought In As A Stray Cat

Does Anyone Know This Cat? He Is 31,4 Pounds. He Clearly Had Someone Feeding Him But Was Brought In As A Stray Cat

Chatham County Animal Shelter Report

Guacamole 3 months ago

Lol the cat's face

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#23 The Adoption Agency Said His Nickname Was 'Sleepy'. He's Living Up To It

The Adoption Agency Said His Nickname Was 'Sleepy'. He's Living Up To It

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

Awww! Floppy puppy!

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#24 Jasper Has Gained Some Weight Recently

Jasper Has Gained Some Weight Recently

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Amery 3 months ago

Apparently, Jasper likes to live life a little bit 'tipsy' ... LoL~!

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#25 This Is What My Fiance Does At Work On Her Free Time

This Is What My Fiance Does At Work On Her Free Time

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Amery 3 months ago

Kitty on the left doesn't look super amused, haha~!

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#26 Some Of Our Cats Prefer To Be Fed Via Dinosaur

Some Of Our Cats Prefer To Be Fed Via Dinosaur

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Catlady6000 3 months ago

Feedaurus-rex

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#27 Shelter Dog. He Just Lays There, Staring At Me

Shelter Dog. He Just Lays There, Staring At Me

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Char Char 3 months ago

Him is broken. Hope you adopted him anyway!

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#28 The Day My Mom Found Me

The Day My Mom Found Me

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

I'm sexy and I know it...

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#29 Getting Ready To Leave For The Afternoon When I'm Greeted By This Smiling Face Before I Walk Out The Door

Getting Ready To Leave For The Afternoon When I'm Greeted By This Smiling Face Before I Walk Out The Door

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Magpie 2 months ago

Taaakeeee meeeeeee awaaaaay frooooom heeeeere

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#30 Started My Job At The SPCA Yesterday

Started My Job At The SPCA Yesterday

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Amery 3 months ago

^^^^^This place still hiring?!? Send me an APPLICATION! :)

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#31 We Decided To Give Our Newest Foster Sydney A Super Extra Maternity Photoshoot

We Decided To Give Our Newest Foster Sydney A Super Extra Maternity Photoshoot

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Amery 3 months ago

Kudos, Sydney~!! (<<Heck, I have 4 kids, and didn't get that great of a maternity shoot~!!)

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#32 My Favorite Photo From Our Trip To The Animal Shelter

My Favorite Photo From Our Trip To The Animal Shelter

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Amery 3 months ago

Kitty wants to sign FIRST~! :)

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#33 Met The Dog For The First Time

Met The Dog For The First Time

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

Electrocat.

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#34 Gizmo, The Silly Boy

Gizmo, The Silly Boy

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

oh no, you got him wet :O Don't feed him after midnight!

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#35 My Friend Takes Pictures At The Humane Society Of Cats Up For Adoption. This Was One Cat's "Adopt Me" Photo

My Friend Takes Pictures At The Humane Society Of Cats Up For Adoption. This Was One Cat's "Adopt Me" Photo

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Magpie 2 months ago

Great photo. Respect for the skills.

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#36 This Cat At My Local Shelter Really Doesn't Like People

This Cat At My Local Shelter Really Doesn't Like People

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Valerie Gibson 2 months ago

doesn't like other cats either.

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#37 His Face Is Perfect

His Face Is Perfect

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

Awww! How could you not love that face?

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#38 Look At This Rebellious Cat At The Humane Society

Look At This Rebellious Cat At The Humane Society

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Looks like my sweet adopted girl !!!

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#39 Volunteered At The Humane Society This Morning And Met This Trouble Maker

Volunteered At The Humane Society This Morning And Met This Trouble Maker

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

"I am the night" :p

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#40 We Held A Surprise Birthday Party For Some Of Our Eldest

We Held A Surprise Birthday Party For Some Of Our Eldest

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Benjamin Boysley 3 months ago

Archmage Shabadoo :D

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#41 So Went To The Local Animal Shelter. One Dog Kept Making The Same Face In Every Picture Taken

So Went To The Local Animal Shelter. One Dog Kept Making The Same Face In Every Picture Taken

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Elaine Dodge 2 months ago

I've got good teeth, look! I won't cost you a cent in dental care, and my breath is really sweet too. Take a whiff! Take me home, take me home.

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#42 He Has A Very Specific Drinking Ritual

He Has A Very Specific Drinking Ritual

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

my adopted cat Ziggy will only drink from the sink. She will not drink water any other way.

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#43 Woof! Gilbert Here Again. I Was Adopted Yesterday. Here I Am Getting A Belly Rub From My New Family

Woof! Gilbert Here Again. I Was Adopted Yesterday. Here I Am Getting A Belly Rub From My New Family

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Daisy 3 months ago

I'm so happy he found a home! :)

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#44 He Was Left Alone For 10 Minutes. He Straight Up Climbed Onto The Wall Of His Kennel. That Wall Is Roughly 6 Feet Tall

He Was Left Alone For 10 Minutes. He Straight Up Climbed Onto The Wall Of His Kennel. That Wall Is Roughly 6 Feet Tall

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Amery 3 months ago

" We gotta get outta this place....if it's the last thing we EVER do~!!! " (Girl, there's a better life, for me and you.......)

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#45 This Dog At The Shelter Marches To His Own Beat

This Dog At The Shelter Marches To His Own Beat

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Bettina Jansen 2 months ago

snoopy !

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#46 My Mom Volunteers At The Local Humane Society And Someone Brought In Their Pet Chicken To Be Photographed With Santa

My Mom Volunteers At The Local Humane Society And Someone Brought In Their Pet Chicken To Be Photographed With Santa

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Amery 3 months ago

LOVE the color spectrum~!!!!! Well done!

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#47 Was Playing Around With A Webcam That Lets You Play With Animals At Various Animal Shelters And Was Reminded That Cats Can Get Everywhere

Was Playing Around With A Webcam That Lets You Play With Animals At Various Animal Shelters And Was Reminded That Cats Can Get Everywhere

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Guacamole 3 months ago

Is no one worried about the guy in the corner? Screenshot...24422d.png Screenshot-2019-02-11-at-51950-PM-5c621f524422d.png

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#48 Uh, Guys? This Is Not My Best Angle... Taken At A Shelter Where I Volunteer, This Is The Pic They Used On His Adoption Page

Uh, Guys? This Is Not My Best Angle... Taken At A Shelter Where I Volunteer, This Is The Pic They Used On His Adoption Page

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TheBoredPanda 3 months ago

dog-o-log

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#49 Trying To Get Photos Of Adoptable Dogs For The Humane Society

Trying To Get Photos Of Adoptable Dogs For The Humane Society

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Kathryn Baylis 3 months ago

Picture perfect. Seriously, you should post it!

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