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

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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.

Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

She lost the whole eye, not just the sight. But as Sky said, it doesn't stop them from living a happy life :)

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Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

Ive seen this little lovebug!

Sobia
Community Member
3 years ago

Ohww hes so cute

The Screaming Destruction Cat
Community Member
2 years ago

What a cute dog!

Doubanji
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG, it looks like that eye has exploded :'( that poor baby!! Poor dog looks so much better in the second obviously, but this is the first one that appear to have been irrevocably damaged by its former life. This just makes me so damn cross. There's no need for any of this!! In any civilised country there are shelters, vets, wardens who will take in injured and unwanted dogs. Even if they say you have to wait/pay and you can't for whatever reason there are ways to get your dog to a safe place where it'll be noticed or call it in yourself and watch out for someone to come rescue it. It's not rocket science!! To take an animal that has only ever lived in a house and had food provided in a bowl and dump it is the equivalent of dumping your 10 year old 100 miles from civilization and going "ah well, if he makes it he makes it"... I'm just so mad right now!!!

Joelyn Kitzmiller
Community Member
3 years ago

Would never have guessed that was the same dog! ❤️

Oscar
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh it's this dog! :D

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

😮Now that is what I call a comeback!

Janine kerr
Community Member
5 months ago

Is he available

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know the bacig round on her....but she only sees loving images now, and fluffy grass, and clear skies, and a warm bed and your smiles !! And a cute sweater. You have a special heart. Enjoy your BFF every day.

The Devil
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a pirate in the first pic.!!

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

Even though we know there's a happy ever after for each picture I can't look at any more, I feel sick to my stomach and angry beyond words to think humans can do this to beautiful, kind, faithful animals when all they want is love and to please us.

Lesley Byfield-Papworth
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my goodness, this does NOT even look like the same dog!!Poor baby, had to lose her eye, because of being homeless or abused, but look at her NOW!! <3

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

OK OK where is my breakfast an morning coffee if you are going to wake me up then an put on my coat then lets go I'm ready for the world to take on ;=]] Thanks for loving me ;=]]

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

This little guy. No words. The entire article is so uplifting.

Donna Wade
Community Member
2 years ago

Hard to believe the before pic.... She's beautiful!

Carolyn Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, from scary to cute!!

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

oh this poor baby, she had to have been in terrible pain.

Annamária Medveczky
Community Member
2 years ago

I am soo happy to see her transformation to a happy and beauty friend <3 <3

Annamária Medveczky
Community Member
2 years ago

*beautiful*

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Meow Kat
Community Member
2 years ago

It She looks so amazing like a transformation of drug addicts before and after. That's what bAI looked like on Heroin and on the right is how I look now that I'm clean from drugs.

Clara The Idiot
Community Member
2 years ago

This dog has a whole article written about it, it's sad and interesting at the same time

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

I saw your story sweet doggy, you are beautiful!!!

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

I know you little doggy, you are beautiful!!!

Michele Levin
Community Member
2 years ago

I have seen this story and continue to be in awe on the transformation

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

We’ve a young pup, abused and ill, looks old.. rehab them and find the true and loving pup inside! The rewards are astounding! Especially the love!

Rumour Asit
Community Member
3 years ago

What a difference love makes.

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor thing

Marilyn Roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

this poor little dog, what must be going through their minds at their lowest point? Big kisses for a little dog!

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

God bless you pretty girl.

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

Awwww, Poor Baby, in the 1st picture! WHY, OH WHY, did this poor Fur-Baby end up in this condition? But, the after picture, She looks incredible & sooooo happy!

Melinda Burge
Community Member
3 years ago

This actually breaks my heart - thank goodness someone took pity on her, and turned her life around. She is a beauty <3

Diana Hockley
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweet tiny thing. Thank God for wonderful people.

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank god/dog for you and your compassion!

elizabeth browning
Community Member
3 years ago

Hard to imagine!

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
3 years ago

I froze...

Gladys Tokar
Community Member
3 years ago

So very sad... happy he found his forever home.

Sara Lovitt
Community Member
3 years ago

It took courage to even pick this poor dog up and imagine that it could be transformed. Thank you for your courage and vision!

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

oh my word so cute even a a scruff but now wow and wow again shows what love can do

Lea Opitz
Community Member
2 years ago

That is so not the same dog!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

AHHH! MAKE THAT DOG BETTER OR ELSE!

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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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