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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Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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.

Daniel Sipes
Community Member
3 years ago

That first picture was so sad, it's terrifying.

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BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

It's unbelievable that anyone would do this to a dog. So glad your ex adopted him.

MJ
Community Member
3 years ago

I got this "far", before I had enough of the before pictures, and I won't look at the rest. They're breaking my heart, because I know, for alot of animals there isn't an after picture...

Tamara Keegan
Community Member
3 years ago

Even after 25-years doing dog rescue, I'll never get used to the sight of a dog starved near death. How could someone do that and look at the poor dog daily? Where is the humanity?

Terry Jeppsen
Community Member
3 years ago

Why would anyone neglect such a beautiful creature?! I hope they are brought to full justice!

Just JoLynn
Community Member
3 years ago

That before picture is one of the worst I've ever seen. So glad the baby got a good home.

Sarah Birrelle
Community Member
3 years ago

Such wise eyes, no??

Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh dear! I'm so happy to see that he is doing well now!

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm crying because of the first picture. How could you ever do this to a living, feeling creature?! This woman is an angel for saving this guy.

varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

Those bones. That is just awful.

Sara Lovitt
Community Member
3 years ago

Hooray for the savior of this puppy!

Becky Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG the first picture broke my heart, so happy to see the second. Beautiful doggy 💙💙

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

CAN I HAVE THAT DOG?!

Linda Matheny
Community Member
3 years ago

IDK how that poocher survived but he is gorgeous.

Hawk
Community Member
3 years ago

Who ever did that in the first pic to him should be hit with a hammer on the head, sorry

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh my God. This is shocking. So happy the poor creature got saved. Aggg. I can't look at the "before" picture. It's too painful.

Sarah Birrelle
Community Member
3 years ago

Gasp!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth oro
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh no. The before pictures on many of these make me so mad/sad desperate to do something about these animals being neglected so badly before

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

SLAGHTER THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

KILL THE IDIOT WHO DIDN'T FEED THIS DOG!!!!!!!!!

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

I've NEVER been able to understand, why ANY ONE would want to hurt another Living Being but when it comes to The Innocent, such as children & animals, there aren't enough words to describe the pain & horror, it evokes in My Soul!

SJA
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! He has grown into his most handsome self. You the owner are a champion. I'm in complete admiration of you. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Diana Hockley
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG, how awful. I bet the monster who did this didn't get punished either which is a blight on so-called "justice" systems practically worldwide. What a marvellous job she did on this beautiful boy.

Yunyann See
Community Member
3 years ago

awwww, she looks so sweet.

KCN
Community Member
3 years ago

...piglet? Looks like a dog to me. And oh sweet Jesus, that before picture! Grab the previous owner and set it up so he looks like that.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

So, both pet and person are so fortunate.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

YAY!

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
3 years ago

Love is the way, ALWAYS LOVE !!

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

So hard to even think of someone allowing a living creature to waste away like that.

Uriel Grey
Community Member
3 years ago

I wiwh instead of an up vote for this post it had a absolutely love for the love care given!

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
3 years ago

Words cannot describe how I feel when see things like that.

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Look at that look of love in pic 2. Warms my dead heart.

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
3 years ago

At least now he is having a a life truly worth living . I hope the previous scum who let this happen rots in hell . Your good lady is a beautiful soul .x

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

crap I hope they got the mongrel that did this oh my word bless you or not giving up on him oh shoot the bast$%# that did this

Cindy Bartos
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing

Nuket Keles
Community Member
1 year ago

this two picture show me how much human the new home and who is heartless bastard ! Thank you bottom of my hearts

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

You did a wonderful job...he looks like he,s always been with ypu! THANKS for not giving up on him while he was re- covering. His face says he KNOWS who's his HERO. :)

Tara Sutter
Community Member
2 years ago

he's so happy now

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

Look at this sweet little pup, with the big eyes, and that cute brown nose, and pretty pink lips!! Who could do this to this baby? Let me at 'em!! Bastard, jail would be too good for him! She looks so beautiful, and healthy. What a fantastic job, Mama <3 <3 etc.... Ya did good!! <3

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

How about if they do the same to them like they to there pets or would it make any difference to them ? Then just wipe them off the face of the earth we DO NOT NEED THEM AT ALL !;=]]

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow my heart is breaking and then souring with happiness at the after photo. He is so lucky to have the beautiful human he has.

Isabel Cohen
Community Member
2 years ago

So glad he is now being cared for!

Donna Wade
Community Member
2 years ago

God Bless those who save these beautiful animals

Carolyn Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Holy crap, wow!!

Erin welch
Community Member
2 years ago

PLEASE EXCUSE STUPID TYPOS. I 'M ON A BUS!

Erin welch
Community Member
2 years ago

OH HOW SAD! IT JUST AMAZES ME HOW ABYINE CIULD/WOULD ALOW A DEFENSELAESS ANIMAL GET IN THAT SHAPE/HARM IT! LUCKY DOG TO GET A GREAT HOME!

Janine Wilson
Community Member
2 years ago

Dogs are so forgiving it is heartbreaking. So humbling. May there be many good meals in his futurex

Michele Levin
Community Member
2 years ago

You are an angel for helping this poor dog recover. Kudos to you and your beautiful wife!!!!!!

Toni Palmer
Community Member
2 years ago

AMAZING...HOW WONDERFUL

JoAnne Klein
Community Member
2 years ago

One of the human monsters out there - SOOO grateful for people with compassion, kindness, vision and the money and willingness to help our horribly abused/neglected animals.

Kiss Army
Community Member
3 years ago

wow... just WOW! I think I'm going to cry.

Pat Wooster
Community Member
3 years ago

Horrible!

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

It was skinny poor pup

Wm Gouthro
Community Member
3 years ago

Horrible what hate and abuse can do, yet amazing what some love and attention can bring to these guys!

Kathy Conley
Community Member
3 years ago

😢♥️😢♥️😢♥️♥️♥️♥️

_WEIRD_ONE_
Community Member
3 years ago

*hand clap slowly*

Charles LeFever
Community Member
3 years ago

Good Job . Respect !

Slaine MacRoth
Community Member
3 years ago

...and worse, most of us are so disconnected that we actually EAT animals while proclaiming to be 'animal lovers'.

Paul Pickthall
Community Member
3 years ago

What is wrong with people if you can't afford to look after an animal then please don't have a animal. It's not that hard. It makes me sick.

Marilyn Roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

I say, an eye for an eye, let this person starve!

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful boy. Here's to a wonderful Part 2 for this guy.

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

What a difference a little love and compassion makes

Lisa Marie Havener
Community Member
3 years ago

Not only does the body change, but the eyes do too. Awesome job!!

kkathleen517
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate people. This is a sick world, there's so much evil right now.

Dawn Welton
Community Member
3 years ago

I cannot fathom how people can let this happen. No humanity. Give me five minutes alone with whoever starved this poor baby...no weapons, just my bare hands. >:( Our latest rescue was starved, too...for food (he managed to survive, eating rocks and chicken shit - how? We'll never know.), affection, love, shelter...he was chained up outside all his life - he's still just a puppy. Just so heartbreaking. :'(

David Daisy May Boldock
Community Member
3 years ago

They had more meat on them in Belsen. Whoever did that wants stringing up.

Paul Schwartz
Community Member
3 years ago

why are the shelters starving animals!? Its your job to SHELTER them!

Doubanji
Community Member
3 years ago

The shelters aren't starving dogs!! These pictures are of the dogs when they entered the shelters. It takes time to feed them up and deal with any health issues but if the only health issue is starvation they will still put the dog up for adoption sometimes. My at was in a similar state when I adopted her, she'd been in the medical area off adoption until cured of active cat flu then put up for adoption as it's easier for many animals to gain weight in a home situation than in a shelter no matter how they try!! Dispicable "people" leave these poor animals to get into these kinds of states then they finally end up at a shelter where the staff of mainly volunteers try thier hardest to sort them out, get them veterinary treatment and onto the right diet to feed them up without making them ill!!

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Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Who ever did this to this puppy needs to be put down!

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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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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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#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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Porg.Revolution.98
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks so happy!!!

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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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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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#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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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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#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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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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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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#26

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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#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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Cactuar Jon
Community Member
3 years ago

beautiful dog! <3

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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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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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