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.

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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

Daniel Sipes
Community Member
3 years ago

(He's secretly a dog that time traveled from the 70s to bring joy to the Terrible 2010s. Sshhhhh) ;)

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Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

Just needs daily application of coconut oil on dat nose! SWEETIE!

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

so sad you can tell by their fac thaat they dont understand what is going on, but the end result the eyes say it all thank you for loving and adopting me

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
3 years ago

SO CUTE! LOOK HE'S SMILING!

Becky Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

So beautiful, people think pit bulls and mixed with pit bull dogs are so mean. But they are the most loving and loyal dogs ever, I have a mixed one and he is the sweetest as long as he knows you otherwise he's very protective.

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

"Nobody wants me" So glad you found her.

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
4 months ago

I like that name you have Hermoine

Cat Lady
Community Member
3 years ago

What a happy smiley boy! I'm so glad he found his forever home :3

Ginger Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

He's a pretty, pretty princess.

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

The first pic looks like HE'S gonna cry, and look what your sis did ...a great thing, and they're gonna enjoy each other to bits. Kiss tthat nose.

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm more afraid of who is going to take me home ,I pray that they have some kids so I can sleep with them & watch over them with my LIFE !

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

The after affects of being loved.

Eva Tervala
Community Member
3 years ago

Bluebellboy 💙💕

Donna Wade
Community Member
3 years ago

Big Pittie grin!

Joan Senerchia
Community Member
3 years ago

Me too.

Krishna Vishwas
Community Member
3 years ago

And I name her... Teapot.

ФRИNАG ЛА МАШЕР Ingvar von Becker
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor doggies((( Thanks God and good people they are lucky now !

Karin Morris
Community Member
3 years ago

He's very cute, but may I please advise you get some Udder cream for his nose. That cracking is fixable :)

Russell Hummel - Lewis
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so moving to see the emotions these loving babies can show us !! They feel as much as we do !! What a sweet " CUDDLE BUG !! "

Rumour Asit
Community Member
3 years ago

So sweet.

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

Pup with a right to rule

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
3 years ago

Are you the real Hermione?

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Barb Chipman
Community Member
3 years ago

He is just a baby! So sweet.

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
3 years ago

So pitiful that Pits get such a bad rap. That's one happy dog!

Raven Mystique
Community Member
3 years ago

AWWWWWW, as I'm wiping the tears of joy away

Sanna Rytilahti
Community Member
3 years ago

How adorable <3

Melinda Burge
Community Member
3 years ago

Flower crown - lol. What a cute and funny picture. Buoys my spirit!

kathryn stretton
Community Member
3 years ago

Wary in the first one, trusting in the second.

Sara Seifert
Community Member
3 years ago

Emu oil will fix his nose.

Sierra Batten
Community Member
3 years ago

He says " look how beautiful i am!"

Frida Ohlson
Community Member
3 years ago

omgosh I love him <3

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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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#28

"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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