For millions of people, 2016 will go down in history as the year they finally lost their faith in humanity. And given the events that have unfolded over the last 12 months, who can really blame them. But even though the papers are always full of bad news, there's actually a whole lot of good going on in the world. Don't believe us? Then check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, to have your faith in humanity well and truly restored. Don't forget to vote for the most uplifting story!

#1

People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats

People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats

Il gattaro D'aleppo Report

#2

This Man Saved 1000 Dogs From Yulin Meat Festival Despite Being Beaten For This

This Man Saved 1000 Dogs From Yulin Meat Festival Despite Being Beaten For This

The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Marc Ching AND and his partner, Valarie Ianniello both have worked at saving dogs from slaughter houses. He documents his rescues and investigations on his Facebook page, The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.

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#3

Danish Woman Rescues 2-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Who Was Abandoned And Left To Die Because His Parents Thought He Was A Witch

Danish Woman Rescues 2-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Who Was Abandoned And Left To Die Because His Parents Thought He Was A Witch

dinnoedhjaelp Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The childs' name is Hope. Anja Ringgren Loven is the founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created to rescue children labeled as witches. When she found him, she says, he was riddled with worms and had to have daily blood transfusions to revive him. It is understandable to me why Anja topped an international list of 100 inspiring individuals

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#4

Flight Attendant Adopts Stray Dog Who Wouldn’t Stop Waiting For Her Outside Hotel

Flight Attendant Adopts Stray Dog Who Wouldn’t Stop Waiting For Her Outside Hotel

Olivia Sievers Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some pets choose you...I'm still waiting for one :-(

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#5

Sick Tiger Cub Weighting Only 1/4 Of Normal Weight, Gets Rescued From Circus, Makes Incredible Recovery

Sick Tiger Cub Weighting Only 1/4 Of Normal Weight, Gets Rescued From Circus, Makes Incredible Recovery

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THANK You to Miss Vicky Keahey, founder of Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center who saved Asha. People have serious issues if they are able to abuse such magnificent creatures. I don't even want to know what kind of people would go to a circus to watch suffering wild animals like Aasha.

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#6

Man Turns Old Truck Into Mobile Shower For Homeless People To Wash Up And Restore Their Dignity

Man Turns Old Truck Into Mobile Shower For Homeless People To Wash Up And Restore Their Dignity

showertothepeople Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Drew Broderick is his name. He built the unit inside what was once his construction trailer. Broderick used to own his own construction business, but he lost his business and eventually he was homeless. What he hated the most was not being able to shower.

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#7

Dad And Son Rescued 30 Dogs Left Behind During The Flood In Brazoria County, Texas

Dad And Son Rescued 30 Dogs Left Behind During The Flood In Brazoria County, Texas

SPCA of Brazoria County Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to wonder what kind of people would leave ANY pet behind in this situation.

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#8

12-Year-Old Boy Learns To Sew To Make Over 800 Stuffed Animals For Sick Children

12-Year-Old Boy Learns To Sew To Make Over 800 Stuffed Animals For Sick Children

project365bycampbell Report

#9

This Guy Only Has Vision In One Eye, So He Bought A One-Eyed-Dog That No One Else Wanted

This Guy Only Has Vision In One Eye, So He Bought A One-Eyed-Dog That No One Else Wanted

shiner_solo Report

Ernesta Brouwer
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could you not want a beautiful puppy 🐶 like this?! He is stunning!!!

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#10

World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao Builds 1,000 Homes For Poor Filipinos

World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao Builds 1,000 Homes For Poor Filipinos

mannypacquiao Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Though he lost the boxing match, he still earned millions of dollars in the ‘fight of the century’ and felt it was his duty to give back.

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#11

Stray Dog Who Joined Runner On 155-Mile Race Disappears So The Athlete Flies To China To Find Him

Stray Dog Who Joined Runner On 155-Mile Race Disappears So The Athlete Flies To China To Find Him

Bring Gobi Home Report

#12

Animal Shelter Partners With Elderly Care Facility To Save Both Orphaned Kittens And Elders

Animal Shelter Partners With Elderly Care Facility To Save Both Orphaned Kittens And Elders

Pima Animal Care Center Report

Kjorn
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that kind of partnership is brilliant!

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#13

Imam Opens Mosque’s Doors To Stray Cats To Keep Them Warm

Imam Opens Mosque’s Doors To Stray Cats To Keep Them Warm

Mustafa Efe Report

Grace Barclay
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We are human beings with tremendous scope for empathy. We need to take care of those that cannot take care of themselves. It is neither demeaning or evil to do no harm, to another human being or a defenseless animal.

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#14

Neighbors Repaired The House Of A Lonely Retired Teacher For Free

Neighbors Repaired The House Of A Lonely Retired Teacher For Free

Kristin Polhemus Report

#15

This 8-Year-Old Boy Spent 2 Years Growing His Hair To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

This 8-Year-Old Boy Spent 2 Years Growing His Hair To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

storkpatrol Report

#16

12-Year-Old Girl Fighting Rare Aging Disease Becomes Best Friends With 330 Lbs Weightlifter A.K.A. “The Beast”

12-Year-Old Girl Fighting Rare Aging Disease Becomes Best Friends With 330 Lbs Weightlifter A.K.A. “The Beast”

davidthebeastdouglas Report

#17

Bird Builds Her Nest On Police Car, The Cops Attach An Umbrella To The Windshield To Keep Her Safe From The Elements And Tape Off The Parking Spot So Nobody Bothers Her

Bird Builds Her Nest On Police Car, The Cops Attach An Umbrella To The Windshield To Keep Her Safe From The Elements And Tape Off The Parking Spot So Nobody Bothers Her

City of Parma Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The bird was a dove (which they nicknamed Gerty), The police even dug up a bunch of worms to keep the expectant mom well nourished. In a world full of anger toward the police, I was happy to see this story make the list.

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#18

Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better

Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better

zacharyspawsforhealing.com Report

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every hospital should allow this! I understand that certain wards can not allow it, but for those that can, it really does make a difference!

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#19

Albanian Police Surprises Hospitalized Children By Dressing As Superheroes

Albanian Police Surprises Hospitalized Children By Dressing As Superheroes

Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme Report

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Saw the whole action, was really awesome to see all those kids smile!

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#20

Olympic Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals

Olympic Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals

Kai Pfaffenbach Report

#21

Dad Pulls Over After Sons Ask If They Can Help A Man In A Wheel Chair To Shovel Snow

Dad Pulls Over After Sons Ask If They Can Help A Man In A Wheel Chair To Shovel Snow

Daniel Medina Report

#22

Man Gives Old Shelter Dogs Free Haircuts So They Can Finally Find Homes

Man Gives Old Shelter Dogs Free Haircuts So They Can Finally Find Homes

markthedogguy Report

Flora Polvado
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The look on his face!!!! Did he catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror?

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#23

Cop Finds Stray Puppy, Stays With Her After His Night Shift To Make Sure She’s Safe

Cop Finds Stray Puppy, Stays With Her After His Night Shift To Make Sure She’s Safe

SPCA Florida Report

#24

14 Y/O Autistic Boy Could Only Drink From His Favorite Cup That Was Discontinued, So This Company Made 500 New Cups For Him

14 Y/O Autistic Boy Could Only Drink From His Favorite Cup That Was Discontinued, So This Company Made 500 New Cups For Him

GrumpyCarer Report

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i read a similar story a couple of months ago maybe, a girl with the same problem outgrew her favourite shirt which was discontinued, and the company made lots of shirts for her following the same model, using the same fabric, and in different sizes. that is so considerate.

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#25

Animal Shelter Gets Robbed, And 14 Hours Later The Shelter Receives 15 Times More Food Supplies Than It Had Before The Incident And Many Animals Got Adopted

Animal Shelter Gets Robbed, And 14 Hours Later The Shelter Receives 15 Times More Food Supplies Than It Had Before The Incident And Many Animals Got Adopted

Animal Rescue League of NH Report

#26

Airlines Break Their Own Rules And Let People Fly With Their Pets In The Cabin So Pets Can Escape Fires

Airlines Break Their Own Rules And Let People Fly With Their Pets In The Cabin So Pets Can Escape Fires

Big Brothers Big Sis Report

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I need to know which airlines! I will choose only them from now on!

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#27

High School Students Recreates Graduation For A Friend Who Was In A Car Accident And Recently Woke Up From A Coma

High School Students Recreates Graduation For A Friend Who Was In A Car Accident And Recently Woke Up From A Coma

ABC News Report

#28

This Barbershop Will Return Money To Kids On One Condition – If They Read Out Loud

This Barbershop Will Return Money To Kids On One Condition – If They Read Out Loud

The Fuller Cut Report

#29

Toucan Gets A 3D Printed Beak After It’s Beaten By A Group Of Teens

Toucan Gets A 3D Printed Beak After It’s Beaten By A Group Of Teens

rescateanimalzooave Report

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but why! the poor thing!!! some people just don't deserve to live.

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#30

This 2-Year-Old Girl Threw A Tea Party For A Cop Who Saved Her Life

This 2-Year-Old Girl Threw A Tea Party For A Cop Who Saved Her Life

Chelle Cates Photography Report

#31

These Guys Cut Lawns For Those Who Can't Do That Themselves

These Guys Cut Lawns For Those Who Can't Do That Themselves

Raising Men Lawn Care Service Huntsville Report

sunnyrei82
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Something so simple and that needs no big money can mean A LOT for someone.

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#32

After Police Found Elderly Couple Crying, They Cooked Them Pasta And Stayed For A Chat

After Police Found Elderly Couple Crying, They Cooked Them Pasta And Stayed For A Chat

Questura di Roma Report

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this happened in rome, i read about it everywhere at the time

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#33

This Man Couldn’t Get A Job Because Of His Service Dog But This Store Hired Them Both

This Man Couldn’t Get A Job Because Of His Service Dog But This Store Hired Them Both

Lowe's Canada Report

Lisa Boutin
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This Lowe's is in the city I live in. Unfortunately, the pupper passed away last week.

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#34

A Girl Who Has Autism Spent Her 18th Birthday Alone When Her Classmates Failed To Show Up For Her Party. But For Her 19th Birthday She Received 10,000 Cards And Presents Including Gifts From Soldiers In Afghanistan, A Message From The Entire State Of Ohio, And A Doll From NASA

A Girl Who Has Autism Spent Her 18th Birthday Alone When Her Classmates Failed To Show Up For Her Party. But For Her 19th Birthday She Received 10,000 Cards And Presents Including Gifts From Soldiers In Afghanistan, A Message From The Entire State Of Ohio, And A Doll From NASA

Rebecca Lyn Report

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thought of her sitting alone on her birthday breaks my heart every time I hear about this.

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#35

Irish Waiter Receives $750 Tip From A Customer So That He Can Fly Home For Christmas With His Girlfriend And Newborn Baby

Irish Waiter Receives $750 Tip From A Customer So That He Can Fly Home For Christmas With His Girlfriend And Newborn Baby

independent.ie Report

Griselle Lugo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG! My hero! I wish I had the money so I could do that for someone in need too!

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#36

Entire Courtroom Dresses As Disney Characters For 5-Year-Old Girl’s Adoption Hearing

Entire Courtroom Dresses As Disney Characters For 5-Year-Old Girl’s Adoption Hearing

Annie Blanding Report

#37

This Man Removed His Turban To Save A Drowning Dog

This Man Removed His Turban To Save A Drowning Dog

Caters News Agency Report

Kjorn
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this guy deserve a medal! lives Worth more than what you believe in

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#38

Special Ed Teacher Invites Entire Class To Her Wedding

Special Ed Teacher Invites Entire Class To Her Wedding

Lang Thomas Photography Report

#39

This Father Takes His Paralyzed Son For A Walk And The Boy’s Reaction Says It All

This Father Takes His Paralyzed Son For A Walk And The Boy’s Reaction Says It All

Otavioshow Report

#40

Homeless Man Can’t Afford His Senior Dog’s Life-Saving Treatment, So This Stranger Covers It In Full

Homeless Man Can’t Afford His Senior Dog’s Life-Saving Treatment, So This Stranger Covers It In Full

Gremlin Report

#41

Stray Dog Walks Into Police Station, Gets A Job

Stray Dog Walks Into Police Station, Gets A Job

Policía de Puerto Rico Report

#42

Little Girl Surprises Her Favorite Garbage Man With Birthday Cupcake

Little Girl Surprises Her Favorite Garbage Man With Birthday Cupcake

City of Bloomington Report

#43

86-Year-Old Teaches Himself To Knit To Make Little Caps For Premature Babies

86-Year-Old Teaches Himself To Knit To Make Little Caps For Premature Babies

insideedition Report

#44

3-Legged Kitten Adopted By Amputee Girl Becomes Her Best Friend

3-Legged Kitten Adopted By Amputee Girl Becomes Her Best Friend

Smiles For Scarlette Report

#45

Afghan Boy With Plastic Bag Messi Shirt Finally Gets To Meet His Hero Lionel Messi

Afghan Boy With Plastic Bag Messi Shirt Finally Gets To Meet His Hero Lionel Messi

roadto2022 Report

Marcos Zamarripa
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You don't need expensive shirts to be happy kind, your face proves it. So sweet.

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#46

Mommy Goose Kept Pecking Cop Until He Decided To Follow Her…And Found Her Trapped Baby

Mommy Goose Kept Pecking Cop Until He Decided To Follow Her…And Found Her Trapped Baby

James Givens Report

#47

9-Year-Old Boy Saves His Summer Allowance Money To Buy And Donate Books To Local Jail

9-Year-Old Boy Saves His Summer Allowance Money To Buy And Donate Books To Local Jail

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Report

#48

Woman Built Little Street Pantry Where People Can Leave Products For Those In Need

Woman Built Little Street Pantry Where People Can Leave Products For Those In Need

The Little Free Pantry Report

Lazy Panda
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope it doesn't get robbed, what a sweet gesture

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#49

Restaurant Puts Fridge In Street So Hungry People Can Take Leftovers

Restaurant Puts Fridge In Street So Hungry People Can Take Leftovers

asianetnews Report

#50

A Homeless 44-Year-Old Man Who Handed In A Designer Wallet Full Of Cash Was Given The Ultimate Reward For His Actions – A Job At Factory In Bangkok And A New Flat To Live In

A Homeless 44-Year-Old Man Who Handed In A Designer Wallet Full Of Cash Was Given The Ultimate Reward For His Actions – A Job At Factory In Bangkok And A New Flat To Live In

Tarika Patty Report

Annabelle Johnson
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. Most people these days would just keep it, or at least some of the money

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#51

This Woman Couldn’t Decide Which Dog To Adopt So She Bought The Entire Shelter

This Woman Couldn’t Decide Which Dog To Adopt So She Bought The Entire Shelter

Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary Report

#52

This Man Feeds 80 Stray Dogs Every Day Because He Can’t Bear To See Them Starve

This Man Feeds 80 Stray Dogs Every Day Because He Can’t Bear To See Them Starve

themanthatrescuesdogs.org Report

Amra Chamberlain
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless you!!! oh my Gosh this is so good!!!!!!

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#53

Artist Gives Sick Kids Awesome Tattoos To Make Life In Hospital More Fun

Artist Gives Sick Kids Awesome Tattoos To Make Life In Hospital More Fun

Benjamin Lloyd art collection Report

Sarah Garland
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Important context to this photo... the "tattoos" are temporary, made to lift their spirits.

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#54

Injured Tortoise Receives World’s First 3D Printed Shell

Injured Tortoise Receives World’s First 3D Printed Shell

Animal Avengers Report

#55

High School Senior Buys New Shoes To A Bullied Student

High School Senior Buys New Shoes To A Bullied Student

_ezt_23 Report

#56

33-Year-Old Man From Barnaul, Russia, Rescued A Moose Calf Trapped In The Freezing Waters Of The Ob River

33-Year-Old Man From Barnaul, Russia, Rescued A Moose Calf Trapped In The Freezing Waters Of The Ob River

Ivan Drachev Report

Griselle Lugo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So handsome and also a saint ?? Bravo!!