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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Patti Brock
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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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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

Bunnies4Zwin
Community Member
3 years ago

And Fluffy

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

that's pure happiness

Frida Ohlson
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful dog!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

THAT DOG IS SMILING!! Dont tell me animals cant have emotions! PROOF!

Mayra Elkhattabi
Community Member
3 years ago

wait does this dog have a green card? do not let trump know about this!

lisa H
Community Member
3 years ago

It's ok, she's Melania's 3rd cousin.. so it's all fine.. shhhhhh...

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C.Marrero
Community Member
3 years ago

Happy dog!

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

Did Osama Bin Laden make her miserable?

Ben S.
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow. You can really see the sadness in her eyes in the first photo -- heartbreaking!

Nuket Keles
Community Member
1 year ago

He is luckies dog congratulation you met best human friend <3

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

My heart's breaking....from joy..I only know a little bit about bringing your fur War buddies home...that it's really difficult!. Thanks for hanginger in. You've made ALL the differencE in his/her life. Don't ever for get that. I know he won't. :)

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

That is the sweetest smile, I have seen on a pup, in a long time! <3

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

Does anyone want to plat with me in the pool I will share LOL NOT !

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

It's so amazing the expressions of happiness with all these animals. It lifts my heart.

Phoebe Veerman
Community Member
2 years ago

The second one is funny and cute. 💜💜💜

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
2 years ago

That SMILE 😍❤

Eva Tervala
Community Member
2 years ago

Ripley enjoys now, poor Darling 😻

Kacy Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

Hear officials melted!!! :3

Michele Levin
Community Member
3 years ago

Biggest smile ever

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

Happy and loved!

Rumour Asit
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweetheart

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

That dog is smiling!!!!!!

Marilyn Roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

BEAUTIFUL!

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

So this is what utter joy looks like!

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

Life is good in that pool!

Tamara Keegan
Community Member
3 years ago

Dog: "Screw you Iran, I'm outta there and look, now I have my own pool! Hahahahaha suckers!!"

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

Puppy Hot-Tub! And the look on her face, sheer joy, relaxation & Peace!

Diana Hockley
Community Member
3 years ago

How absolutely marvellous! God bless the wonderful people who rescued her and all the other dogs in desperate circumstances.

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

Desert dog to water dog.

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh. She's such a happy puppy!! 🐶😃

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

She is like "I'm not going anywhere!"

Doubanji
Community Member
3 years ago

It's even like she's listening out for danger despite being with those men in the first one; while she's just fully relaxed and having the time of her life in the second...

Doubanji
Community Member
3 years ago

Gone from overheated and exhausted by an uncertain life to "let's go play in the water and see how many people we can soak", smiley playtime fun :D just a perfect late puppyhood!!

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
3 years ago

Love that smile

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

This totally made me LOL. Love this.

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
3 years ago

She's having the time of her life bless her .x

Gabi
Community Member
3 years ago

You go, Ripley!!! <3

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

I am now in the land of all and am loved

Cindy Bartos
Community Member
3 years ago

Yay

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

SO CUTE!

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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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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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#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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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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#14

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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#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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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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#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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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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#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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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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#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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Heather James
Community Member
3 years ago

Bless you, your sister, and the dogs!

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