For most of us, rescuing a pet is a huge responsibility, but it's the best thing that can happen to the animal shelter residents. To prove the power of a loving home, proud owners from all over the world are sharing photos of their family dogs before and after they were rescued. Bored Panda has decided to compile these heartwarming dog adoption 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 dog rescuers homes and can't hide their emotions. You can understand the difference pet adoption makes to a shelter inmate 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.
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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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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
Community Member
3 years ago

What a difference! Beautiful :)

Sarah Birrelle
Community Member
3 years ago

The ears look so diff because malnourished and starving dogs bodies start to break down cartilage to feed on. So the ears look so diff due to this. And he's filthy in the before pic. Look closely though same exact markings. This Doggo is one lucky monkey now :))

Heather Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

I wasn't saying it wasn't the same dog! I'm sorry if I came across that way. I was just pointing out how much a little TLC can really change an animal in need.

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

Doesn't even look like the same dog. The ears are even different. Wow. Crazy what a little TLC can do.

Erin Sheppard
Community Member
3 years ago

That doesn't even look like the same dog

Sobia
Community Member
3 years ago

Hes gorgeous

Diana Hockley
Community Member
3 years ago

You are a wonderful mum to this lovely dog. Thank God you have him in your care.

varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

Even the ears are proudly standing up!

Doubanji
Community Member
3 years ago

I would not have the slightest clue what kind of dog was in pic 1. Poor baby!! Pic 2 looks a million times better and happier. :) Nice work!!

Haylee Evans
Community Member
3 years ago

awww

Carrie Berrie
Community Member
3 years ago

How cute. want!

Molly Tallmadge
Community Member
3 years ago

No way... the second dog is too cute!!

velocirrober
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww... So is the first one.

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Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

THAT'S RIGHT! Take it home and clean it!

Romenriel
Community Member
3 years ago

You did really great job here!

Kimberly Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

That doesn't even look like the same dog.

Bengü Taşkesen
Community Member
3 years ago

Always in smiling ❤

Sierra Batten
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow shes/he is beautiful!

Lexi
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
1 year ago

How can a dog look so much different?! :0:)

Tamara Keegan
Community Member
3 years ago

Just LOOK at the difference good care and quality food does to a dog. This looks like a completely different dog, even his coloring is more vibrant in the after. <3

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

What a Beautiful Girl, in both pix but in the 2nd pic, She look like She's ALIVE, especially in Her eyes!

Melinda Burge
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! He looks like a different doggy - what a happy story :)

Terry Jeppsen
Community Member
3 years ago

He went from 😨 to 😁 .

Amanda Delaney
Community Member
3 years ago

I won't comment on everyone but see what love can do these transformations are amazing... If only we lived in a world where all animals and people were treated with love and respect....but a little bit makes a difference.

Ms. Understood
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a NAID

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

Look at what love can do!

elizabeth browning
Community Member
3 years ago

OMGosh♡♡♡

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing

Karin Parker
Community Member
3 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous x

Gabi
Community Member
3 years ago

Bless you <3

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

goodness me and it is the same furbal wow so beautiful and look at that face now sooooo happy and clean

Eva Teodorescu
Community Member
3 years ago

that fur tho

Athenalikesowls
Community Member
2 years ago

I couldn't tell it was a husky until I looked at the second picture

Nuket Keles
Community Member
2 years ago

look like an Angel touched

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
2 years ago

SAME dog ???? YOU DID THAT!! Terrific person. Enjoy every day together. :),

rustic raven
Community Member
3 years ago

well I can love you take you for walks oh yea I promise to sleep right next to you every night with love ;=]]

Furious_Lover
Community Member
3 years ago

He’s a whole new dog

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

wow! does not even look like the same dog. how beautiful

Renee Bosler
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful I had the experience and pleasure of adopting a breeding pit bull who was thrown in the streets at 23 pounds since she could no longer have pups, who served as bait dogs😡😡😡she was rescued by BWR and adopted by me after she was healthy; see has since passed away from internal bleeding; but due to some very kind people learned how to smile

Janine Wilson
Community Member
3 years ago

Wynter looks like he/she has found SPRING!

chezron
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish they hadn't cut his ears

JoAnne Klein
Community Member
3 years ago

He's a lovely guy, and I'd bet he has a wonderful sense of doggy humor!

Sue Rogers
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW!

Robin Ellison
Community Member
3 years ago

gorgeous!!

Pat Wooster
Community Member
3 years ago

I am so impressed with you!! To take that poor thing home and nurse him back to heath, well, I'm in tears!

Rumour Asit
Community Member
3 years ago

What a beauty. You did well by him, bless you.

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty pupo

Kathy Conley
Community Member
3 years ago

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Paul Pickthall
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks a lot better but again if you can't afford to look after an animal then please don't have a animal.

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Who knew what a natural beauty was there just waiting for some one to love and be loved.

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweet life from now on.

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#5

From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

what a great photo!!

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#8

Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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Lexi
Community Member
3 years 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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Daniel Sipes
Community Member
3 years ago

My Gosh! That is the cutest little bulldog I have EVER seen.

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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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#14

Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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

Before And After

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Sky
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

A loving home makes such a difference

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#20

Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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Brittney Stanford
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#21

Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Where's Waldo? In a wonderful forever home.

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#24

Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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RacconLifeGirlie
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

How could she even walk?

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