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

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

The first picture is is heartbreaking and sad...

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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
2 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
2 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. :(

Sky
Community Member
2 years ago

All monsters are human, and the worst, do this to our fellow furry friends.

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Ann Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Even in the first picture he hadn't lost love and trust. We can learn so much from these beautiful souls.

Terry Jeppsen
Community Member
2 years ago

Why do people do this to dogs?! 🐕💔💔💔💔💔💔🐶

UniversalMel
Community Member
2 years ago

I would of loved to adopt this dog...

lisa H
Community Member
2 years ago

There are thousands more, just like him, that need you!

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Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Even as worn out, starving and probably abused, it amazes me how happy the dog looks in the before pic. Maybe she was overjoyed that finally someone was there to care for her.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh dear, what a beautiful animal so badly treated and isn't he lovely now. That God for decent people.

Hollie Newton
Community Member
2 years ago

If there was just the first picture I may not at first glance have been able to tell you that was a husky the only giveaway is the hetrochroma

Gillian Black
Community Member
2 years ago

oh crap this is so so awful who can do this to any living thing gee hope they didnt have kids , but now you would not beleive it is the same dog except for the cououred eye

Furious_Lover
Community Member
2 years ago

He is skin and bones

Karynne Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

BEAUTY!

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

The power of love.

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor baby that he/she had to go thriugh this, but look how happy now!!💞

➳ʝѻƴ⋆
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so inspiring, wow. And the eyes are so pretty too ✨

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
2 years ago

Even in the before he still has so much love on his face despite what has been done to him.

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
2 years ago

There's no worse animal than Man.

David Daisy May Boldock
Community Member
2 years ago

Whoever allowed that dog to get in that state should be relegated to bread and water for life.

Joan Churton
Community Member
2 years ago

What a difference some love makes. These pictures are awesome. Boy, does he look nice.

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

It breaks my heart to see that someone could have done this.

Cindy Bartos
Community Member
2 years ago

A miracle

Brooklynn Davis
Community Member
8 months ago

i love him

Nuket Keles
Community Member
8 months ago

When I look at the first picture I shame for my humanity :( Thank you bottom of my hearts you request the beautiful dog to be happy and never starve again <3

Sherry Guinn
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm glad you didn't see the 1st pic....it gave him a 2nd chance...and now he loops like he's ready for the dog show!! You did a wonderful thing! :)

Gabrielle Erdman
Community Member
1 year ago

Because he’s a fighter and a survivor

James Forster
Community Member
2 years ago

Still smiling even in that state, poor fella

rustic raven
Community Member
2 years ago

You really have to have no damn heart to do this to any pet / animal ;]]

Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

How does this happen. I can't even comprehend what type of person would allow this.

Bobosteke
Community Member
2 years ago

Love his eyes!

Eva Tervala
Community Member
2 years ago

He is areal fighter for his life. He had spark in his eyes even the life wasnt so funny.

Donna Wade
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a sweet face

Erica Wit
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow!!!

Carolyn Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

What a transformation! Doesn't even look like the same dog!

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

These kind of pictures make me hate mankind, yet the one on the right end up giving me hope.

Abhisek Chakraborty
Community Member
2 years ago

It is difficult to even imagine a Husky in such a bad shape. They are such a beautiful breed.

Janine Wilson
Community Member
2 years ago

The heart of a dog is pure. I only wish the hearts of all humans were too

Toni Palmer
Community Member
2 years ago

ANAZING...HOW BEAUTIFUL

Lea Opitz
Community Member
2 years ago

He's so sweet how he's smiling, and almost happy looking in the first picture! I would choose to rescue him for that great personality!

JoAnne Klein
Community Member
2 years ago

When will responsible people stand up and DEMAND that animal abuse laws are strictly enforced along with much stricter penalties.

therealpixie
Community Member
2 years ago

And yet there was a smile on his little scruffy face! (Beautiful eyes.)

J Browne
Community Member
2 years ago

There is so much pain in his eyes. It hurts so much to think what horrors these animals went through :(

Kelsey Watkins
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg that is the last straw

Kathy Conley
Community Member
2 years ago

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Paul Pickthall
Community Member
2 years ago

Again why ?? Don't take on an animal if you can't afford to look after an animal.

Asper Rated
Community Member
2 years ago

Any person (a.k.a. base animal) that would let this happen to another creature should be put to death. Their "road" to becoming a person of substance, not being insane is simply to long and too much effort for us all. Intentional sadistic cruelty should be dealt with swiftly and permanently.

Kris Dikeman
Community Member
2 years ago

Can't believe its the same dog. We've rescued many who looked just like that. Please rescue before you buy.

Raven Mystique
Community Member
2 years ago

ALL I can say to these Earth Angels, who believed in these Poor Little Angels, took them home & gave them things they've never had, especially LOVE, OMG the transformations are truly magical & just bring such utter joy & love to My heart to these people & these beautiful animals that blossomed, because of their bond!

Claire Oliver
Community Member
2 years ago

What an incredible transformation.

Melinda Burge
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful boy wolf

SJA
Community Member
2 years ago

Bloody mother f€ers. How? Why? But look at the puppy's smile now!!!!!!!!! Yay!

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

He looks happier in the 1st than 2nd.

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
2 years ago

That has to be two different dogs! O_O

Barbara Ryan
Community Member
2 years ago

Doesn’t look like the same dog, different markings on the face.

Kay Sohn
Community Member
2 years ago

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That's not the same dog. The face markings are different.

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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
2 years ago

What a difference! Beautiful :)

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#5

From Cellmates To Lifemates

From Cellmates To Lifemates

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
2 years ago

Heartbreaking first picture, which makes the second picture that much more amazing! Love their smiles!

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

I think he looks adorable in both! Love this!!

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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
2 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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Ruth oro
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my goodness 😢

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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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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

he gained his weight back

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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
2 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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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
2 years ago

That's quite the transformation!

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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
2 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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Kizzy Kizzy
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute!!! Looks just like my Ellie, but without the brindle!! She is so innocent in both!

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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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Ginger Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my God. It has tears in its eyes. I can't even... Thank you for saving this sweet baby.

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#18

Before And After

Before And After

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Sky
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

This breaks my heart.

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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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Erika Daniel
Community Member
2 years ago

SO cute! Clever caption too haha

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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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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Nacho the Pirate dog...Arrr!

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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
2 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
2 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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Sky
Community Member
2 years ago

You shouldn’t be able to adopt if you are going to bring them back, but I guess that is better then having them abandoned.

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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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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad that she's having to nurse, when she's not healthy herself. What happened to the pups?

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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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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

How could she even walk?

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