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!

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Before And After Adoption

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Janine B.
Community Member
3 years ago

The first picture is is heartbreaking and sad...

Laetitia
Community Member
3 years ago

And the second is so majestic :)

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

So majestic in the second pic.. Great job, ppl who adopted him!

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
3 years ago

For some reason it always bothers me when people have their dogs ears clipped. I know it's akin to having you ears pierced, but I still find it so cruel. Otherwise - what a proud boy in the second pic! I love me a good pit! :D

Ariel
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree that it is cruel, unnecessary and natural ears look far better.

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Kristyn Lnu
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate what people do to their ears! It is very painful and often done with crude instruments such as knives or scissors, and without anesthesia. Many do this to pitties to make them look "more mean." It makes me cringe! I'm glad that this boy found his forever home!

Joan Churton
Community Member
3 years ago

This first picture made me cry. He is so sad and my heart just aches for him. He looks like he could melt into the wall. The second picture is just a masterpiece. He is so proud and happy. I bet he is being treated like a king. Thank you for rescuing him. I appreciate you sharing.

varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

The second is as though he has his self-esteem, ego, and pride back. It's like Lion King on Pride Rock. The first one is tears inducing.

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

He even got his dignity back! Beautiful and majestic dog!

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank God he was saved .x

Dara
Community Member
3 years ago

Just broke my heart with the first one.

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

The first picture just broke my heart. I'm so happy someone is giving him a new home and lots of love.

Shaz Zed
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a very sad photo. l wish people would use brains before getting any animal. They have feelings. No animal deserves to go to an shelter. They should be loved and respected. They love back unconditionally/

Jiří Schindler
Community Member
3 years ago

From zero, to hero. Magnificent

Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow - what a difference - glad he has a family now <3

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg i want to hug that poor baby in the "before" pic. So hppy to see him as joyful as he is in the after pic. 💕

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

the first breaks your heart he has ben left without reason, then the nest is just a wow now in a loving home and it shows

depicus
Community Member
3 years ago

That breaks my heart and mends it all in two pictures 😍

Cat Anya
Community Member
3 years ago

he's so proud now. what a good boy

Ruth oro
Community Member
3 years ago

He looked depressed now he looks glorious

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Never have I've seen a better picture of a totally despondent animal portrayed in one shot before. It broke my heart to see him this way. Thank God, he was one of the lucky ones and got adopted!

Tamara Keegan
Community Member
3 years ago

From depressed and full of mange sitting on a hard concrete floor to the rightful King of his Domain. He's very proud here with his chest pushed forward. Whomever is responsible, thank you.

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm going to a mess of tears, as I go through this article, I can already tell, after just seeing this 1st post! WOW! The Power of LOVE, My Friends, there isn't anything like it , no matter Who, When, Where, What or How!

Terry Jeppsen
Community Member
3 years ago

Just shows how little it takes to change a life forever.

Todd Zabek
Community Member
3 years ago

Wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle this...and I was right.

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

so proud now

Lexi
Community Member
3 years ago

That second pic looks like he is feeling like he's on top of the world!

The Screaming Destruction Cat
Community Member
2 years ago

I am so happy for this dog! It seems pitfalls finally get the happiness and human friendship they long for! The first picture is really sad but the second just makes my heart melt! (with happiness)

Karynne Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

I am so glad someone saw the beautiful beast underneath all that sadness. Thanks for helping me lubricate my eyes.

This Lil Raccoon
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like this could be a movie

Angela Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

He is magnificent, with an enormous heart and a gentle spirit.

Simon White
Community Member
3 years ago

What a magnificent animal

SJA
Community Member
3 years ago

The first pic shows the puppy was waiting for the family to come along.... thank goodness! Nice job.

Lydia Pineault
Community Member
3 years ago

Incredible what some TLC can do for an animal! 😁

Yunyann See
Community Member
3 years ago

Really love this transformation. Love the way show he stand up proud and strong.

Marta Puig Orriols
Community Member
3 years ago

buff I cannot stand it. My heart cannot take it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ADOPT!!! I have one fur baby and 18 birds

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a beautiful boy. All of my cats and dogs have been rescues, all have been excellent and loving pets, I hope more people find a pet at the shelter and not buy a special breed, I ask why ???

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

I FEEL LIKE A PUPPY AGAIN!! <3

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous after pup

David Daisy May Boldock
Community Member
3 years ago

From pitiful to a fully revamped pitty.

Gladys Tokar
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing what a little love will do...

Hańka
Community Member
3 years ago

Top dog!

Cindy Bartos
Community Member
3 years ago

So magnificent

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww look at the first one! So sad! It's gonna make my cry!

Mayra Elkhattabi
Community Member
3 years ago

awe poor baby. love him already

Breezy
Community Member
3 years ago

Soooooo happy to see that beautiful doggie happy and proud now

Chris Rickards
Community Member
3 years ago

That good boy looks so proud.

Essance Auger
Community Member
4 months ago

so cute!

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

I wanna cry at the first but I feel so good for it in the second one

Nuket Keles
Community Member
1 year ago

show me how much human the new home! Thank you bottom of my hearts

Bert Hageman
Community Member
1 year ago

Zielig hoor

Mary Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

What happened to his ears?

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

People must be born without hearts, how could anyone look at this doggy and not feel his pain and suffering, my heart is broke just looking at him.

Gabrielle Erdman
Community Member
2 years ago

He’s a tough lil guy!! So strong!

KIG
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope his name is Mufasa

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

Can anyone please tell me why ANYONE DOES THIS TO THERE DOGS IT IS TOTALLY DISGUSTING ;=]]

Furious_Lover
Community Member
3 years ago

Y they no take care of doggo

Eva Tervala
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank you to give him his life. He is worth of everything. Very noble person !

Donna Wade
Community Member
3 years ago

What a beautiful and majestic boy...

Carolyn Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, what a difference! And such a handsome boy!! :)

Erin welch
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW THAT WAS A GREAT CHANGE! WHAT A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL DOG! WHAT AN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL TO TAKE HIM IN!

JustSomeone1
Community Member
3 years ago

That pit is so beautiful. who would give him away? I would've taken him home no problem

David Alquist
Community Member
3 years ago

The penalties are not near enough to what these wicked people do to these beautiful creatures. Karma is a great thing!

Валентина Фадеева
Community Member
3 years ago

да!!!!

Janine Wilson
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate to think what he was thinking then and would love to know what he was thinking the moment he realised he was loved

Janine Wilson
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't imagine what he was thinking in those terrible times - I would love to know what he was thinking the moment he realised he was lovedx

Russell Hummel - Lewis
Community Member
3 years ago

This photo really brings out the sadness and also the joy in my emotions ! What ABEAUTIFUL BOY HE IS !!!

Russell Hummel - Lewis
Community Member
3 years ago

This photo really brings out the sadness and the pure joy in my emotions ! What a BEAUTIFUL BOY HE IS !!!!

Toni Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

AMAZING...SO PROUD!

JoAnne Klein
Community Member
3 years ago

Exactly why I will only adopt rescue/shelter animals! He is utterly majestic!

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

Animals deserve the best we can give them, especially love and a home. Not a yard they are chained to all the time!

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope the left is because it was a stray, not because it was abused.

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

The poor thing I. The shelter like that I got my dog from the shelter

Kathy Conley
Community Member
3 years ago

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Paul Pickthall
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm so sad looking at the before photo of this lovely dog. But hopefully he has a better owner now.

Apurva Desai
Community Member
3 years ago

go pibbie go!!!

Kyle Hart
Community Member
3 years ago

They helped him learn that he was a badass

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing what a little love can do to a soul that's otherwise given up.

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

This dog's name has to be Thor. Or Majesty. Either that or the complete opposite, like Bill (with apologies to any majestic, Thor-like Bill's out there).

Ginger Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I just started my workday by bawling through all theses posts. (Best Tuesday EVER!)

Kara E. Lovett
Community Member
3 years ago

The before picture just about takes a wrecking ball to my fragile little glass heart and the second pretty much offers me a get-well-soon card to deal with it - I really despise animal cruelty, since most dogs would never harm people to this extent. I'm glad this boy found a good home, he deserves it.

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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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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 :)

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#5

From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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Ginger Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh! You kept them together. Yay! (I'm not crying. Honest.)

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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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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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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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Frank The Tank. Before And After Adoption

Frank The Tank. Before And After Adoption

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Porg.Revolution.98
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks so happy!!!

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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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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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Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

Adorable :)

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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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RacconLifeGirlie
Community Member
3 years ago

AWWWW! I'm seriously crying!!!!

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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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Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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Sky
Community Member
3 years ago

The right picture looks like my dog which makes this all the more happy. What a good strong doggo.

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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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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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MartinTheVlogger
Community Member
3 years ago

no more worries :)))) love it!!!

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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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Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this one - look at that face :)

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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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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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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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Before And After Adoption

Before And After Adoption

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Heather James
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing rehab! Bless you!

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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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Maria-Elena Barharn
Community Member
3 years ago

My dog came from Romania too. He's a little darker than this one but otherwise they look very similar.

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

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

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Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

Happy Happy!

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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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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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Cactuar Jon
Community Member
3 years ago

beautiful dog! <3

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From A Houston Stray To A Midwestern Princess

From A Houston Stray To A Midwestern Princess

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Kizzy Kizzy
Community Member
3 years ago

My dog Ellie?? Is that dog perhaps named India? It my be my dogs sister!!

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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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Heather James
Community Member
3 years ago

Bless you, your sister, and the dogs!

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