For us, adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, but it's the best thing that can happen to shelter animals. To prove the power of a loving home, proud owners from all over the world are sharing photos of their new dogs before & after they were rescued. Bored Panda has decided to compile these heartwarming images into a list, and it will clear any doubts whether or not it's worth picking up a pup from a kennel.

From sad faces in cramped cells to wide smiles on king size beds, these k9s found happiness in their new homes and can't hide their emotions. You can understand the difference adoption makes to a shelter pet only if you see one, so scroll down and meet the lucky ones!

#1 Before And After Adoption

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Janine B. 11 months ago

The first picture is is heartbreaking and sad...

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#2 My Ex Worked At The Spca And Refused To Let This Piglet Be Euthanized, So She Took Him Home. She Did An Amazing Job.

My Ex Worked At The Spca And Refused To Let This Piglet Be Euthanized, So She Took Him Home. She Did An Amazing Job.

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Jiří Schindler 11 months ago

Find the monster who did this to another living crature and strike him with righteous retribution. Show no mercy.

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#3 Before And After Adoption

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Lucida 11 months ago

Had I not known that this dog would do well in the end I wouldn't manage to even look at the first picture because it's so awful. It's unbelievable how anyone that skinny even can stand up. :(

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#4 My Dog Wynter - From Living In The Streets To Relaxing In My Backyard

My Dog Wynter - From Living In The Streets To Relaxing In My Backyard

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Patti Brock 11 months ago

What a difference! Beautiful :)

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#5 From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 11 months ago

Heartbreaking first picture, which makes the second picture that much more amazing! Love their smiles!

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#6 Ripley At Around 6 Months In Iran And Again At Around 1 Year In Her Forever Home In The United States

Ripley At Around 6 Months In Iran And Again At Around 1 Year In Her Forever Home In The United States

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Rosa Kim 11 months ago

awwwww she's SMILING!! <3

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#7 Hank! Abuse Left This Poor Pup With Scars And Timidness, But Now He Smiles Ear-To-Ear

Hank! Abuse Left This Poor Pup With Scars And Timidness, But Now He Smiles Ear-To-Ear

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Dawn Baik 11 months ago

what a great photo!!

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#8 Before And After Adoption

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Lexi 11 months ago

I actually just read the entire article of this dog.... She actually lost eye sight on one of her eyes, sad.

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#9 Frank The Tank. Before And After Adoption

Frank The Tank. Before And After Adoption

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Caitlyn McCracken 11 months ago

I think he looks adorable in both! Love this!!

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#10 So My Sis Adopted Her Very First Dog And His Before And After Pics Have Me Crying

So My Sis Adopted Her Very First Dog And His Before And After Pics Have Me Crying

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Hermione Jean Granger 11 months ago

He loves his crown

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#11 Adopted This Little Dude While On Vacation In Mexico. The Litter Was Found In The Jungle In Terrible Shape But Were Nursed Back To Health By The Local Animal Rescue Foundation. Here He Is Today Healthy, Happy And Adapting Well To His New Life As A Canadian

Adopted This Little Dude While On Vacation In Mexico. The Litter Was Found In The Jungle In Terrible Shape But Were Nursed Back To Health By The Local Animal Rescue Foundation. Here He Is Today Healthy, Happy And Adapting Well To His New Life As A Canadian

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Ruth oro 11 months ago

Oh my goodness 😢

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#12 To The Person Who Left Her In A Park To Die 2 Years Ago... Look At Her Now! With Your Horrible Neglect Came A Whole Lot Of Happiness.

To The Person Who Left Her In A Park To Die 2 Years Ago... Look At Her Now! With Your Horrible Neglect Came A Whole Lot Of Happiness.

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Kjorn 11 months ago

he gained his weight back

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#13 The Night We Found Him On The Street Vs 1 Week After Adoption. Meet Pablo

The Night We Found Him On The Street Vs 1 Week After Adoption. Meet Pablo

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Neeraj Jha 11 months ago

That first pic is so bloody sad... :(

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#14 Before And After Adoption

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 11 months ago

That's quite the transformation!

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#15 This Is My Koda Bear The Day Before He Got Adopted And A Few Months After

This Is My Koda Bear The Day Before He Got Adopted And A Few Months After

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Patti Brock 11 months ago

love the smile!

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#16 After 4 Years In The Street, Annie Found Her Home With My Parents. First Day Vs 1 Week Later

After 4 Years In The Street, Annie Found Her Home With My Parents. First Day Vs 1 Week Later

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Kizzy Kizzy 11 months ago

So cute!!! Looks just like my Ellie, but without the brindle!! She is so innocent in both!

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#17 My Friend Rescued This Sweet Girl From Being Put Down Over A Minor Skin Condition. Meet Scarlett

My Friend Rescued This Sweet Girl From Being Put Down Over A Minor Skin Condition. Meet Scarlett

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Ginger Panda 11 months ago

Oh my God. It has tears in its eyes. I can't even... Thank you for saving this sweet baby.

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#18 Before And After

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Sky 11 months ago

Awe such a cutie puppo

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#19 Before & After Of My Adopted Pup

Before & After Of My Adopted Pup

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Patti Brock 11 months ago

A loving home makes such a difference

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#20 Before And After Adoption

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Brittney Stanford 11 months ago

THOSE eyes! Omg.. Those are some puss in boots eyes!

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#21 Before And After Adoption

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BusLady 11 months ago

This breaks my heart.

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#22 My Name Is Rey! I Was On Death Row Yesterday But Today I'm A Free Woman!

My Name Is Rey! I Was On Death Row Yesterday But Today I'm A Free Woman!

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BusLady 11 months ago

It's like she knows (before pic)

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#23 Meet Waldo. From Crusty And Underweight To A Very Fluffy Boy

Meet Waldo. From Crusty And Underweight To A Very Fluffy Boy

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BusLady 11 months ago

Where's Waldo? In a wonderful forever home.

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#24 Before And After Adoption

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RacconLifeGirlie 11 months ago

Aw poor guy must've been starved

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#25 Meet Kasper! He's Only A Pup And Travelled All The Way From Romania To Join Us In The Uk. Has Yet To Integrate And Learn The Language. Very Good Boy Nonetheless

Meet Kasper! He's Only A Pup And Travelled All The Way From Romania To Join Us In The Uk. Has Yet To Integrate And Learn The Language. Very Good Boy Nonetheless

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Erika Daniel 11 months ago

SO cute! Clever caption too haha

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#26 Before And After Adoption... Nacho The One Eyed Dog

Before And After Adoption... Nacho The One Eyed Dog

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ADHORTATOR 11 months ago

Nacho the Pirate dog...Arrr!

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#27 Toby At The County Shelter 2 Years Ago And Is Now King Of Our House.

Toby At The County Shelter 2 Years Ago And Is Now King Of Our House.

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Neeraj Jha 11 months ago

In the second pic, it looks like as if he has snoozed morning alarm twice already. :P

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#28 "We Found Teddy’s Shelter Picture And It’s Heartbreaking. We’re So Glad He Came Into Our Lives And Is Letting His Sweet, Goofy Personality Shine! Hopefully He Knows That He’ll Be Safe, Clean, Fed, And Loved For The Rest Of His Life"

"We Found Teddy’s Shelter Picture And It’s Heartbreaking. We’re So Glad He Came Into Our Lives And Is Letting His Sweet, Goofy Personality Shine! Hopefully He Knows That He’ll Be Safe, Clean, Fed, And Loved For The Rest Of His Life"

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Patti Brock 11 months ago

Love and a gentle touch makes such a big difference :)

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#29 One Year Ago Today We Adopted Harper From The Fairfax Animal Shelter. She Had Been Adopted And Returned At Least Three Times In The First Year Of Her Life And Looked Alone, Scared And Confused.

One Year Ago Today We Adopted Harper From The Fairfax Animal Shelter. She Had Been Adopted And Returned At Least Three Times In The First Year Of Her Life And Looked Alone, Scared And Confused.

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Sky 11 months ago

You shouldn’t be able to adopt if you are going to bring them back, but I guess that is better then having them abandoned.

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#30 From A Houston Stray To A Midwestern Princess

From A Houston Stray To A Midwestern Princess

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BusLady 11 months ago

So sad that she's having to nurse, when she's not healthy herself. What happened to the pups?

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#31 This Stray Girl Walked By My Sisters' Donkey Rescue Centre. She Couldn't Let Her Starve So She Flew Her To The Netherlands To Come Live With Us. Now She's Alive And Kicking

This Stray Girl Walked By My Sisters' Donkey Rescue Centre. She Couldn't Let Her Starve So She Flew Her To The Netherlands To Come Live With Us. Now She's Alive And Kicking

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BusLady 11 months ago

How could she even walk?

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#32 Before And After Adoption

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 11 months ago

Something tells me that someone in the backstory belongs in jail. Doggy is in great hands now, thank goodness!

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#33 My Boyfriend's New 4 Month Old Pup, Phoebe, Before And After Adoption

My Boyfriend's New 4 Month Old Pup, Phoebe, Before And After Adoption

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UniversalMel 11 months ago

So adorable

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#34 Our Airbnb Host In Bali Rescued Little Benji Off The Streets, 6 Months Apart

Our Airbnb Host In Bali Rescued Little Benji Off The Streets, 6 Months Apart

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BusLady 11 months ago

Wow! His hair sure grew back. Cutie. In the before pic, I mistook him for a chihuahua.

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#35 Before And After Adoption

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Patti Brock 11 months ago

Beautiful Dog!

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#36 Before And After Adoption

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Erika Daniel 11 months ago

what a majestic fluffy boi!

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#37 On The Left, A Picture Of Ajax, An Eskie Mix, From 8 Months Ago: 26 Lbs Of Skin, Bone, And Mange, With Kennel Cough And Little Use Of His Back Legs, Pulled Straight From Animal Control. On The Right, Ajax, 8 Months Later: A Healthy 42 Lbs And Overjoyed To

On The Left, A Picture Of Ajax, An Eskie Mix, From 8 Months Ago: 26 Lbs Of Skin, Bone, And Mange, With Kennel Cough And Little Use Of His Back Legs, Pulled Straight From Animal Control. On The Right, Ajax, 8 Months Later: A Healthy 42 Lbs And Overjoyed To

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Alia G. 11 months ago

Aww fluff face

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#38 "My Foster Baby Is Heading Off To Her Furever Home Today. I'm Gonna Miss Her!"

"My Foster Baby Is Heading Off To Her Furever Home Today. I'm Gonna Miss Her!"

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Dawn Baik 11 months ago

squeee - those ears!!!! gave me the biggest smile this morning - needed that!

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#39 Ziggy Stardust In His New Furever Home

Ziggy Stardust In His New Furever Home

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Neeraj Jha 11 months ago

Furever.. Loved the word!

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#40 Before And After Adoption

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L and P 11 months ago

still on dope but very cute :)

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#41 Before And After Fostering: Little Baby Girl Covered In Mange Gets Her Eyebrows Back

Before And After Fostering: Little Baby Girl Covered In Mange Gets Her Eyebrows Back

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FreckledFox 11 months ago

OH MY LAWD! I love those eyebrows!

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#42 What A Few Years Of Love Will Do. My Dog On His Adoption Day And Five Years Later.

What A Few Years Of Love Will Do. My Dog On His Adoption Day And Five Years Later.

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 11 months ago

Really loved up!

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#43 We Found Charlie In A Pile Of Trash, Abused And Nearly Dead. Fast Forward A Few Months, And He Is Happily Playing Dress Up With His Foster Family

We Found Charlie In A Pile Of Trash, Abused And Nearly Dead. Fast Forward A Few Months, And He Is Happily Playing Dress Up With His Foster Family

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Stef Bollen 11 months ago

This is heartwarming

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#44 Before And After Photos Show How Far A Puppy Has Recovered After Being Rescued Off A Busy Interstate Only 30 Days Prior.

Before And After Photos Show How Far A Puppy Has Recovered After Being Rescued Off A Busy Interstate Only 30 Days Prior.

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Alib 11 months ago

Just 30 days! Love and medicine make all the difference.

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#45 Before And After

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Cactuar Jon 11 months ago

that first pic is heartbreaking :( what a lucky pup to have you <3

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#46 One Year, 30lbs, And Lots Of Memories Later

One Year, 30lbs, And Lots Of Memories Later

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 11 months ago

Best friends furever!

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#47 Before And After Adoption

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Pamela24 11 months ago

You can see the pride he has in himself. :)

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#48 A Year Ago I Adopted This Shaved Boy, Now He's A Happy Fluffer Boy

A Year Ago I Adopted This Shaved Boy, Now He's A Happy Fluffer Boy

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

L'Oréal volume shampoo before and after pics

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#49 Baby Bandit Before He Found His Forever Home

Baby Bandit Before He Found His Forever Home

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

From puddles to cuddles :')

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#50 Adopting Leah Didn't Change The World, But It Definitely Changed Her World!

Adopting Leah Didn't Change The World, But It Definitely Changed Her World!

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seanemone 11 months ago

maybe it does change the world a little--the happiness she has and brings to you goes out into the world and can be contagious, it can ping from her, from you, to others around you.

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#51 This Is Bowie. He Lived On The Streets Of Greece For 3 Years. He Was Shot With A Shotgun By An Unknown Man On April 27th 2017. Unfortunately Not All Of The 20 Bullets Could Be Removed But They’re Not Life Threatening. He Is So Happy And Thankful To Live A Normal Life

This Is Bowie. He Lived On The Streets Of Greece For 3 Years. He Was Shot With A Shotgun By An Unknown Man On April 27th 2017. Unfortunately Not All Of The 20 Bullets Could Be Removed But They’re Not Life Threatening. He Is So Happy And Thankful To Live A Normal Life

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Neeraj Jha 11 months ago

Firing 20 bullets with a short-gun on a dog?? And the worse thing is that maniac is still out there roaming freely

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#52 6 Months After Being Rescued From An Abusive Home, Meet Maverick

6 Months After Being Rescued From An Abusive Home, Meet Maverick

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Rebekah 11 months ago

And stylish!

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#53 Top Left Is Florence When She Was Brought To The Shelter, Top Right Is The Day I Adopted Her, And Bottom Is Her Now!

Top Left Is Florence When She Was Brought To The Shelter, Top Right Is The Day I Adopted Her, And Bottom Is Her Now!

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Anne Reid 11 months ago

She’s beautiful!

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#54 I Thought I’d Share A Before And After Of These Rescue Brothers

I Thought I’d Share A Before And After Of These Rescue Brothers

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HellCat 11 months ago

Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Cinnamon Chocolate!

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#55 Ozzy The Island Doggo

Ozzy The Island Doggo

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Lynn Rolaf 11 months ago

Wow what an amazing change. You are good people!

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#56 Before And After Adoption

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Heather James 11 months ago

Beautiful dog! And beautiful job on its rehab!

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#57 Before And After Adoption

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Rebekah 11 months ago

So happy.

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#58 Here's My Pupper, Sanchez, When I Saw Him At The Shelter Vs 2 Days Later On His Freedom Ride Home. He Just Looked So Sad Plus He's 6-7 Years Old, So He Wasn't The First Pick For Everyone. As Soon As I Saw Him, Though, I Knew He Was Gunna Come Home With Me

Here's My Pupper, Sanchez, When I Saw Him At The Shelter Vs 2 Days Later On His Freedom Ride Home. He Just Looked So Sad Plus He's 6-7 Years Old, So He Wasn't The First Pick For Everyone. As Soon As I Saw Him, Though, I Knew He Was Gunna Come Home With Me

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BusLady 11 months ago

Older dogs often don't get adopted. My pup was about 6-7 when we adopted him.

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#59 The Day I Brought Him Vs Two Years Later. What A Difference

The Day I Brought Him Vs Two Years Later. What A Difference

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Rebekah 11 months ago

"I need a cookie. I need a cookie now. Fetch cookie."

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#60 Butters. Before And After Adoption

Butters. Before And After Adoption

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Jenn 11 months ago

ha! butters! love it

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#61 Before And After Adoption. What A Difference A Few Months Make!

Before And After Adoption. What A Difference A Few Months Make!

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BusLady 11 months ago

She wants out of that cage.

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#62 I’m Sorry I Don’t Know Your Real Birthday But I’m Happy To Celebrate A Year With You

I’m Sorry I Don’t Know Your Real Birthday But I’m Happy To Celebrate A Year With You

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Neeraj Jha 11 months ago

Happy Birthday, Doggo! *boops that nose*

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#63 "Looking At Penny Tonight And Can’t Believe That Just One Month Ago She Was A Little 7 Pound Baby Scared To Go Outside"

"Looking At Penny Tonight And Can’t Believe That Just One Month Ago She Was A Little 7 Pound Baby Scared To Go Outside"

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BusLady 11 months ago

Penny has a good home now.

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#64 Before And 1 Week After. 10/10 Good Boy

Before And 1 Week After. 10/10 Good Boy

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__Dog Person__ 11 months ago

I think you mean 11/10 good boy, he looks so happy to have someone to love!

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#65 Before And After Adoption

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Alib 11 months ago

Wow! He's all perked up! It shows what a lot of love can do.

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#66 Roxx After 4 Weeks Of Care

Roxx After 4 Weeks Of Care

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Alia G. 11 months ago

ugh that’s horrible!! thank god he’s doing so much better now!

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#67 From Starving Street Pup To Happy And Healthy. Meet Scrappy

From Starving Street Pup To Happy And Healthy. Meet Scrappy

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ItsYaBoi 11 months ago

WHOEVER TREATED THAT DOG BADLY SHOULD GO TO JAIL

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#68 This Is Edgar Before And After Getting Adopted. (My First Shelter Pup, Steve, Is In The Back There)

This Is Edgar Before And After Getting Adopted. (My First Shelter Pup, Steve, Is In The Back There)

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Erin Sheppard 11 months ago

Steve and Edgar <3

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#69 My Husky Was So Sad And Scared. As Soon As He Met His New Sister He Became The Most Happy Loving Boy Ever!

My Husky Was So Sad And Scared. As Soon As He Met His New Sister He Became The Most Happy Loving Boy Ever!

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Kimberly Robinson 11 months ago

That is a gorgeous dog!

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#70 Before And After Adoption. There Was A Happy, Lovable Dog Hidden Behind All That Fear

Before And After Adoption. There Was A Happy, Lovable Dog Hidden Behind All That Fear

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BusLady 11 months ago

No fear now!

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#71 Before And After Adoption

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BusLady 11 months ago

Awful to see a dog neglected like this. Was he surviving on the streets (abandoned)?

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#72 Boris, My Wonder-Dog

Boris, My Wonder-Dog

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Helga Kelly-Nagy 11 months ago

glad Boris is ok, shame on the ones that let him him to his previous state. Love the name

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#73 Cooper Was Found Locked In A Warehouse And In Organ Failure From Eating Rat Poison. Going On 4 Years Later And He's Turned Into A Fluffy Happy Guy

Cooper Was Found Locked In A Warehouse And In Organ Failure From Eating Rat Poison. Going On 4 Years Later And He's Turned Into A Fluffy Happy Guy

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BusLady 11 months ago

Locked in a warehouse? How could anyone do that?

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#74 Our Before And After Of Our Sweet Pup Reese

Our Before And After Of Our Sweet Pup Reese

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Rebekah 11 months ago

What a royal looking pupper.

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#75 Top Left: Sierra The Day We Found Her On The Road. Top Right: Sierra The Day We Adopted Her Two Weeks Later. She Is 10 Years Old. Bottom Left: Sierra That Same Day In Her New House. Bottom Right: Sierra Now. 25 Pounds Lost And Moving Much Easier. Happy With Me In Bed And Her New Life

Top Left: Sierra The Day We Found Her On The Road. Top Right: Sierra The Day We Adopted Her Two Weeks Later. She Is 10 Years Old. Bottom Left: Sierra That Same Day In Her New House. Bottom Right: Sierra Now. 25 Pounds Lost And Moving Much Easier. Happy With Me In Bed And Her New Life

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__Dog Person__ 11 months ago

She was so distrustful, now such a happy old doggo!

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#76 Before/After Adoption

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BusLady 11 months ago

From distrust to trust.

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#77 This Is Bodie! He Was Found With Cuts And Bruises, And Has Wonkey Hind Legs From Some Old Trauma. Here He Is Two Months After Adoption - The Happiest Pup Alive

This Is Bodie! He Was Found With Cuts And Bruises, And Has Wonkey Hind Legs From Some Old Trauma. Here He Is Two Months After Adoption - The Happiest Pup Alive

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BusLady 11 months ago

Did his legs heal? If not, he will be fine.

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#78 Before And After Adoption - Little Foot

Before And After Adoption - Little Foot

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Julie Williams 11 months ago

Look at that joy now!!

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#79 Ride Home: Excited But Confused About This Strange Woman Who Made Him Wear A Doggie Seatbelt

Ride Home: Excited But Confused About This Strange Woman Who Made Him Wear A Doggie Seatbelt