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
2 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
2 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
2 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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#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
Community Member
2 years ago

What a difference! Beautiful :)

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#5

From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Claire Shamgochian
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, but he looks stressed out in the first picture

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Daniel Sipes
Community Member
2 years ago

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

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous pup, but I wish people would stop with the inbreeding. Look at those little legs bending around that enormous chest. It's not right and can't be good for the health of his joints.

K.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG! He is too cute! Pitty and Bully combo? Tank is a gorgeous creature! Thank you for adopting!

Kostas
Community Member
2 years ago

he looks like a cartoon

Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

Possibly the most kissable doggo face I've seen.

Bella Welker
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the cutest dog ive ever seen

Sierra Batten
Community Member
2 years ago

He has the most adorable face ever!

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

love the name!

Dara
Community Member
2 years ago

I loved the name.

Porg.Revolution.98
Community Member
2 years ago

He looks so happy!!!

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too!!!

Margaret Harper
Community Member
2 years ago

What a squishy face!

Kwj
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the name! he's without a doubt a Frank <3

Burrito Cat
Community Member
2 years ago

awwwwwwww frank the tank :)

Jonnie SeventyOne
Community Member
2 years ago

What a beautiful dog.

Sara Lovitt
Community Member
2 years ago

What a wonderful smile!

Christine Musal
Community Member
2 years ago

He is on Instagram, such a sweet dog!

LoneWolfie
Community Member
2 years ago

So freaking adorable!!

Quantez Jefferson
Community Member
8 months ago

so cute!!!!

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

His huge smile says it ALL.

Sarah O'Dwyer
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to boop his smiley snoot and smother him with cuddles! His mush makes my thump thump smile :)

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

What an adorable dog! There is quite a bit of difference between the two, and he is so much happier now!! Good boy, Frank!!<3

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

See I can show both sides of me ;=]]

Rebecca Rogers
Community Member
2 years ago

aww, that would be kind of guy I would adopt in a heartbeat

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
2 years ago

I just want to kiss his smushy face 😘😘😘

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

aww he looks so sad in the before. Glad he found his furever home!

Donna Wade
Community Member
2 years ago

What a super cutie... I wish I had found him... Love those bullies!

Kacy Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

He is adorable! I think it's a he

Krishna Vishwas
Community Member
2 years ago

I dunno... I just love this pupper... though he looks like character from Harry potter

Emir
Community Member
2 years ago

I love him! He looks like a hippopotamus.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this dog so much!!

Greg T
Community Member
2 years ago

I have no idea why, but I feel he needs a top hat and bow tie in the first pic

Mare Freed
Community Member
2 years ago

I have just met you and I love you!

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg what a chubby little angel!

Karin Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

His name should be tater tot. He's darling

4Sunshine
Community Member
2 years ago

Great smile! Even his eyes are smiling.

Thelonious Breskin
Community Member
2 years ago

I love tank dogs! Their faces are so honest

Thelonious Breskin
Community Member
2 years ago

oh god I love tank dogs... so cute, so sincere

Johanna Zamora
Community Member
2 years ago

Frank coming out of his shell!

Aurelia Grey
Community Member
2 years ago

Can someone tell me what breed of dog is featured in photo's 9 and 10? Please forgive me, they look like bulldogs and short(???) mastiffs??? Thank you for your patience.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

I love him!

Pat Wooster
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute!

J Browne
Community Member
2 years ago

He's so cute! he looks like the original Curley from The Three Stooges ;)

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
2 years ago

Some for the camera

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
2 years ago

Oops I meant smile for the camera

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Fairsher
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG That face!!!! LOVE !!!

Andi Lugosi
Community Member
2 years ago

:D Funny guy, very lovable

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
2 years ago

He almost looks like a cartoon in the first one!

Tamara Keegan
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like Frank the Tank makes the best of any situation, as long as their is food. :P He's a doll baby!

Raven Mystique
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww, here come the tears again, such a sad face in the 1st pic & again, pure joy in the 2nd pic

Simon White
Community Member
2 years ago

He's certainly well named.

Sanna Rytilahti
Community Member
2 years ago

I love Frank the Tank <3

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

It's astonishing how the animal's facial expression changes. And I don't mean only this pic, I've seen it several tons of times already. And some would say animals don't have facial expressions >.>

Melinda Burge
Community Member
2 years ago

Good boy is sitting down waiting for the first photo to be taken <3 Second one he looks like he is aware that he is LOvED <3

Rezo Kaishauri
Community Member
2 years ago

Frank was always the tank :D

Braelin Malham
Community Member
2 years ago

i love tank

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

He is Adorable.

KK
Community Member
2 years ago

I LOVE HIM

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

Ive seen Frank before. If I had found him needing a home he would have come home with me!!!

Nina Paul
Community Member
2 years ago

He is the cutest dog!

DisChickenWang
Community Member
2 years ago

my aunt called me frank before and after eating..

Patty Moore
Community Member
2 years ago

This dog is very handsome.... his eyes are so warm and inviting

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
2 years ago

So much healthier

Jin K
Community Member
2 years ago

did anyone else think "Man About Cake" immediately upon seeing this?

Hollie Newton
Community Member
2 years ago

Ohmygosh he is the cutest little thing :3 I love his name too <3

Pamula Furness
Community Member
2 years ago

Say 'Cheese'!

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
2 years ago

You can see the extraordinary care he received in that shelter.

Karin Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic boy xx

Gillian Black
Community Member
2 years ago

how could you resist that face

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
2 years ago

What a cute face.

Sarah Figini
Community Member
2 years ago

His face! Oh my goodness *squee*

Sigmund Fidyke
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the name! Frank the Tank.

Ms. Terious
Community Member
2 years ago

he's a lil chubber!

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

You can see the sadness and then happiness is his tiny little eyes. <3 (It also looks like he lost a little weight in the second picture, so that's great!)

UniversalMel
Community Member
2 years ago

This reminds me of my uncle who passed a few months ago?

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
2 years ago

Cutest pug ever!

Doubanji
Community Member
2 years ago

Frank the Tank is many things, most of all gorgeous. One thing he isn't though is a Pug... try bulldog cross, I think that'd be closer...

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

How could she even walk?

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