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

Before And After Adoption

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Janine B. 9 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 9 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

Before And After Adoption

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Lucida 9 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 9 months ago

What a difference! Beautiful :)

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#5 From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

what a great photo!!

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#8 Before And After Adoption

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Lexi 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

He loves his crown

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