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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#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
3 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
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.

Anita Trenner
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG, JAIL TIME and PHYSICAL LABOR, like chain gang labor, as well as a hefty monetary donation to the local shelter should be mandatory punishment for anyone who could do this to an animal!

Alex
Community Member
3 years ago

Uh, almost certainly a street dog, that.

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

Blessings to the rescuers.

Erin welch
Community Member
3 years ago

OH WOW! WHAT A DIFFERENCE LOVE TRUELY MAKES!

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

oh crap again this is so horrible but look at her now wonderful,

Martine
Community Member
3 years ago

What a wonderful transformation

Heather James
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing rehab! Bless you!

Dino Wecke
Community Member
1 year ago

🥰

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
2 years ago

The first pic brought tears to my eyes...how long was he/she "out there" ? She's gorgeous and deserves to be treated like a queen...and now she is, thanks to YOU. You have a huge heart and you won't be sorry.

Debbie Gaab
Community Member
2 years ago

These before pictures are heartbreaking

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Good Lord. that baby was in terrible shape. this was not a rescue as much as it was saving a life!

Mare Freed
Community Member
3 years ago

What a sweet, gentle face.

Jennie Hiatt
Community Member
3 years ago

Animal neglect is the scourge of time

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

It should break our hearts to see this kind of abuse and neglect! They don’t deserve this kind of treatment! Yet, as humans, we do even worse to others! No one human or animal, deserves this kind of life!

Pat Wooster
Community Member
3 years ago

Me too buslady! Awful!

Victoria Greenlee
Community Member
3 years ago

The first photo is heartbreaking!! So happy that furbaby has a good home.

Beverly Palmacci
Community Member
3 years ago

What countries are these dogs in? I have never seen such a pathetically ill looking dog. Just awful. Looks beautiful now.

Rahul Raveendran
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like India.😐

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Kathy Conley
Community Member
3 years ago

She/He is truly loved!!♥️♥️♥️

Dragon Girl
Community Member
3 years ago

SO glad this ended well...what a beautiful pup...

Pat Hege
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish I could gather all homeless dogs give them a place to live, food, water and loving care. If I have as much money as some wealthy people, I would build a shelter for all dogs so no would be found like this one. Sorry, I am a dog lover, and really do not care for cats all that much, wait, I am allergic to cats. So someone else would have to take the cats. Spay and neuter your dogs and cats, cut that population down. Pass legislation to make it mandatory to have this procedure done, do away with puppy mills, send those who run them to jail, or prison, make them work off their time while in prison working with animals.

SJA
Community Member
3 years ago

Mandatory punishment - let me at them for just 5 minutes. The rage inside of me at the sight of that puppy in the first pic would have me pull their gizzards out and laugh at their suffering. How can anyone treat animals like this. You rescued a beautiful soul there.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
3 years ago

What a transformation! Thank God for wonderful people.

Liz Llanes
Community Member
3 years ago

Welcone to a new and happy world....

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

A whole new dog.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

I am unable to look at all of these, it is much too painful. Bless the adopters. The pets know they are rescued, it;s in there face. That makes me happy for all.

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
3 years ago

What a difference love makes

Stinkypie Ticklebum
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww...what a pretty girl! She loves her forever home!

__Dog Person__
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder how long that dog was abandoned, His skin looks so bad in the first picture!

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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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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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"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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