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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Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

The first picture is is heartbreaking and sad...

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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
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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#3

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. :(

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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

Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

I believe the dog is a female

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WeWillJustSeeAboutThat
Community Member
2 years ago

WTF is wrong with people :\

Anita Trenner
Community Member
2 years ago

Find who left this beautiful creature to die, alone - and give them the most harsh punishment possible!

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
2 years ago

To the person who rescued this beautiful dog well done the reward for your kindness is a friend for life. And to the bastard who left her in this state please can my baseball bat and I have 10 minutes alone with you in a dark ?

Ms. Terious
Community Member
2 years ago

aww she looks like my Gamora, Gamora was in a box right in front of my door, she was super thin, looking like a skeleton. We fed her and nursed her to health, and now she's bffs with my other dog, Starlord <3

Marica Laubscher
Community Member
2 years ago

People do not deserve animals. Most of the time I am ashamed of the human race.

RacconLifeGirlie
Community Member
2 years ago

AWWWW! I'm seriously crying!!!!

Shaz Zed
Community Member
2 years ago

Makes my skin crawl & makes me want to torture these bastards who are responsible.

d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
2 years ago

Whoever left that dog out to die should have a sleepover at Satan's house.

Gillian Black
Community Member
2 years ago

oh my word wow this is amazing gee whizz cant find the words so I will just cry instead,

DaBigDude8
Community Member
2 years ago

Look at the difference! Now I have decided once and for all that if I ever see a lonely dog left to die, he's part of my family from then on. <3

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor baby was starving

Heather Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

What a transformation!

Doubanji
Community Member
2 years ago

She almost looks like she was still a puppy in the first pic, she's so small. I really hope she wasn't though!!

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Alex Craig
Community Member
2 years ago

It really hurts my heart to see these photos of neglect and abuse.

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't get over how every single dog is Smiling on the right, yet their faces are filled with despair on the left.

Lucky Gaudiau
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor thing!

Kristen Fuller
Community Member
2 years ago

wow what a difference LOVE ❤️ makes

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
2 years ago

And now her skin fits her perfectly!

Sally Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

Incredible!

Penelope Allingham
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad, so happy!

Victoria Greenlee
Community Member
2 years ago

To he person who tortured that poor dog: may you burn in hell.

Kathy Conley
Community Member
2 years ago

♥️♥️♥️

Robbie Peruzzi
Community Member
2 years ago

Beutiful dog ♡♡♡♡

Sanna Rytilahti
Community Member
2 years ago

Some people are awful!

Liz Llanes
Community Member
2 years ago

Curse with evil karma to those who abandon this innocent pooch...and abundant blessings to those who took care of her...

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Mange is such a horrible affliction, and so easily cured! Blessings on this beautiful pup!

Marianne Davila
Community Member
2 years ago

aww she is a cutie!!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

There are far too many cats and dogs as well as other animals suffer, it makes me sick. I hope that at least a good many of the so called owners get what they deserve. There seems to be a an astronomical amount of rotten people on our planet.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

LOOOOVE!

Lynn Rolaf
Community Member
2 years ago

What an amazing ending!

Sara Lovitt
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful transformation! Thank you!

__Dog Person__
Community Member
2 years ago

Whoever left the pup needs to realize how it feels, starving and alone...such mean people

Becky Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG he is beautiful, so sad what he went through but now he looks so happy

Miranda Cosgrove
Community Member
2 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH! *Crys so much eyes burst out*

Becka Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Look how swollen his legs are from mange. Ouch!

Kim Shannon
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometimes you gotta go through hell before you get to heaven

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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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#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
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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