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The inevitable has arrived and summer has come close to its end. Before we start feeling autumn blues, there’s still a ray of joy left to squeeze from August and it’s Bored Panda’s monthly batch of adopted pets.

Thanks to the purrfect corner of Reddit known as BeforeNAfterAdoption, which provides an endless source of images of rescued woofers and adopted pooches, we compiled a heartmelting list to enjoy with your cuppa.

So without further ado, pull your seat closer, scroll down below and upvote your favorite adoption stories. If you, too, recently became a mom or a dad to a four-legged friend, share your story in the comments below!

And after you’re done, be sure to check out our previous monthly adoption features here, here and here.

#1

My Daughter's Happy Tears Tonight When Our Skittish Rescue Made A Rare Public Appearance To Snuggle With Her

My Daughter's Happy Tears Tonight When Our Skittish Rescue Made A Rare Public Appearance To Snuggle With Her

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me whenever my cats approach me LOL I'd be like: "Aww baby!!!"

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    My Rescue Kitty Holds Me While I Do Laundry. She’s So Grateful

    My Rescue Kitty Holds Me While I Do Laundry. She’s So Grateful

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    #3

    6/22 - Their Person Passed Away The Same Week As My Dad. Now We’re Surviving Together

    6/22 - Their Person Passed Away The Same Week As My Dad. Now We’re Surviving Together

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    Pet adoption is still on the rise. As the worldwide pandemic hit, many hoomans realized that they needed some extra fluffiness to warm their hearts in this chaotic world. Meanwhile, experts continually urge every potential adoptive pet parent to think very carefully through their decision, be realistic about how much time and effort they can devote, and not adopt impulsively.

    However, there’s one thing that seems to be clear for most pet owners and that’s what kind of pet they want. No wonder people like to refer to themselves as either cat or dog people, and these two groups are often pretty strictly defined. In fact, cat people say they find a better connection with fellow feline aficionados, while dog people may give a Tinder date a hard pass if they find they’re into cats more than dogs.

    #4

    I Went To A Place That Fosters Cats To Adopt One Today, When I Put The Carrier Down Otto Just Jumped Straight In And Decided That I Wasn’t Getting A Choice

    I Went To A Place That Fosters Cats To Adopt One Today, When I Put The Carrier Down Otto Just Jumped Straight In And Decided That I Wasn’t Getting A Choice

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    #5

    We Went To Adopt 1 Dog And Left With Both, Can’t Separate Brothers!

    We Went To Adopt 1 Dog And Left With Both, Can’t Separate Brothers!

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    1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Folks, please: if you consider getting pets, please get a carrier or, if available for the species, a harness that can be connected to the seatbelt lock. In case of an accident, these two cuties will be mush against the (rest of the) windshield. And having a cat run wild because a truck honked, for example, may lead to a crash in seconds.

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    #6

    Found This Stray Kitten With A Broken Leg At Work A Couple Months Ago. Got To Visit Her In The Shelter Today And Will Be Adopting Her After She Gets Spayed Next Week!

    Found This Stray Kitten With A Broken Leg At Work A Couple Months Ago. Got To Visit Her In The Shelter Today And Will Be Adopting Her After She Gets Spayed Next Week!

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    #7

    Ollie Wandered Out Of The Woods Two Weeks Ago And Has Officially Adopted Us

    Ollie Wandered Out Of The Woods Two Weeks Ago And Has Officially Adopted Us

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    So to find out more about whether cat people and dog people are really as different as they'd like to think, Bored Panda spoke with Professor Samuel D. Gosling, a professor at the Department Of Psychology at The University Of Texas. Gosling has three main areas of interest: Connections between people and the physical spaces in which they live, personality in nonhuman animals, and new methods for obtaining data useful for research in the social sciences.

    Gosling told us that on average dog and cat people are indeed different but there's a lot of overlap between the two groups. “Just as men are on average taller than women, there is still a lot of overlap between the two groups in height (i.e., men are generally taller than women but there are still lots of women taller than lots of men).”

    #8

    Made My Dog A Bow Tie And Cake For Her Adoption Day/Birthday

    Made My Dog A Bow Tie And Cake For Her Adoption Day/Birthday

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    #9

    I Adopted This Cat From The Shelter 9 Days Ago. This Is The Look She Gave Me This Morning

    I Adopted This Cat From The Shelter 9 Days Ago. This Is The Look She Gave Me This Morning

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Kitty knows she found her forever home <3 shelter pets are the best, they're so grateful

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    A Week Into Adoption vs. First Birthday

    A Week Into Adoption vs. First Birthday

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    Meet Gusgus, I Rescued Him Yesterday From A Girl Who Was Gonna Throw Him Out

    Meet Gusgus, I Rescued Him Yesterday From A Girl Who Was Gonna Throw Him Out

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    “So, with that background, yes, people who self-identify as dog people are reliably different from people who self-identify as cat people,” the professor said.

    According to Gosling, “people who self-identify as dog people are higher on the Big Five traits of Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness and lower on the Big Five traits of Neuroticism and Openness than are people who self-identify as cat people.” In order to get a better sense of what's meant by those personality labels, Gosling’s advice is to read about the Big Five.

    #13

    Bonnie’s Big Smile On Her Adoption Day

    Bonnie’s Big Smile On Her Adoption Day

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    This Is Tucker. He's A 4-Year-Old Lab/Retriever Mix And He Was Just Adopted By The Seattle Mariners Clubhouse

    This Is Tucker. He's A 4-Year-Old Lab/Retriever Mix And He Was Just Adopted By The Seattle Mariners Clubhouse

    He's gonna get to hang out at the ballpark all the time, travel with the squad and enjoy his very own unlimited supply of baseballs. Doesn’t get better than this!

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    #15

    My Rescue’s First Night Home

    My Rescue’s First Night Home

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    In a previous interview, we also spoke with Yulia Popyk, an animal behavior expert from Petcube Emergency Fund who explained that there are a number of reasons for the surge in pet adoptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    “First, many people were (and perhaps many still are) spending more time at home and were looking for a companion. Second, some people have been looking for a sense of normalcy during these uncertain times. Third, pets can provide emotional support and help reduce stress and anxiety. Last but not least, adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization can help save a life.”

    Popyk added that this fact itself already provides enough motivation and inspiration during hard times like these.

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    Adopted This Cutie, He Been With Us For 2 Weeks. His Name Is Boots

    Adopted This Cutie, He Been With Us For 2 Weeks. His Name Is Boots

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    Meanwhile, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were at home more often and had more time to care for a pet. Pets also provide companionship and help reduce stress and anxiety which became something we all craved during those uncertain times.

    At the same time, pet adoption should be viewed as a tremendous responsibility. Popyk argues that every person who considers pet adoption should start by asking themselves if they are prepared to commit to taking care of another living creature for the duration of its life. “This includes feeding, walking, exercising, and providing veterinary care as needed,” she added.

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    #20

    Adopted 2 Kittens From Different Litters. I Am Jealous Of Their Relationship

    Adopted 2 Kittens From Different Litters. I Am Jealous Of Their Relationship

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    Adopted A 10 Year Old Blind/Declawed Kitty This Week And She Is Settling In Perfectly

    Adopted A 10 Year Old Blind/Declawed Kitty This Week And She Is Settling In Perfectly

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Bless her heart, I'm so glad she's found a furever home. Declawing is so cruel and inhumane it should be illegal.

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    #23

    My Goofy Goober, Zeus. I Never Know I Could Love An Animal So Much

    My Goofy Goober, Zeus. I Never Know I Could Love An Animal So Much

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    #25

    I Just Adopted A Cat That Likes To Hoard Mice

    I Just Adopted A Cat That Likes To Hoard Mice

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    #26

    Meet Lilo, Rescued From The Envigo 4000 Hence The Ear Tattoo. We're Going To Give Her The Wonderful Life She Deserves

    Meet Lilo, Rescued From The Envigo 4000 Hence The Ear Tattoo. We're Going To Give Her The Wonderful Life She Deserves

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    #27

    Appropriately Named Kitten, Fern. She Has An Approved Adopter, No Surprise

    Appropriately Named Kitten, Fern. She Has An Approved Adopter, No Surprise

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    #29

    I Just Adopted These Kittens And I Really Need You To See Them

    I Just Adopted These Kittens And I Really Need You To See Them

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    #30

    Here Is Cleo. I Adopted Her Sunday After Living Alone For 4 Years And She Is Now My Official Computer Buddy

    Here Is Cleo. I Adopted Her Sunday After Living Alone For 4 Years And She Is Now My Official Computer Buddy

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Well that's the end of your Minecraft days ...that keyboard and your soul now belongs to her 😁

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    #31

    Adopted Him Last Week. He's Extremely Energetic And Loves Everyone In My Family And So Do We. I Named Him Dior

    Adopted Him Last Week. He's Extremely Energetic And Loves Everyone In My Family And So Do We. I Named Him Dior

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    Just Adopted This Sweet Pupper

    Just Adopted This Sweet Pupper

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That is definitely a wolf hybrid. I really hope this person has done their research, it can be very tricky dealing with wolfdogs.

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    I Adopted A Cat Who Has Spent The Last Year And A Half In The Shelter. Her Name Is Minerva And She Is The Prettiest

    I Adopted A Cat Who Has Spent The Last Year And A Half In The Shelter. Her Name Is Minerva And She Is The Prettiest

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    My Uncle Just Retired And Decided To Adopt This Fella

    My Uncle Just Retired And Decided To Adopt This Fella

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    Just Adopted This Sassy Girl

    Just Adopted This Sassy Girl

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Thank you for adopting an adult cat. They have a much harder time getting adopted. But can be so loving.

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    #36

    Hi Everyone, Meet My Smol Baby Tortie Kaia. My First Kitty Ever! Just Adopted Her Yesterday

    Hi Everyone, Meet My Smol Baby Tortie Kaia. My First Kitty Ever! Just Adopted Her Yesterday

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    Fulfilled My Lifetime Dream And Adopted My First Cat Today From A Rescue! He Doesn’t Have A Name Yet But He Sure Has My Heart

    Fulfilled My Lifetime Dream And Adopted My First Cat Today From A Rescue! He Doesn’t Have A Name Yet But He Sure Has My Heart

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Neo. (Short, ie/e sound, meaning new, first.) Looks like a Neo to me.

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    #40

    Our Foster Fail Rescue Kitty That We’re Now Committing To Moving To The UK From Nz With Us! No One Wanted To Adopt Her, Can You Believe That?!

    Our Foster Fail Rescue Kitty That We’re Now Committing To Moving To The UK From Nz With Us! No One Wanted To Adopt Her, Can You Believe That?!

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    Big Day Today For Avatar From Our Cat Shelter. His First Time In The Adoption Room Where He’s Free To Run Around And Play As He Likes. Meeting The Others Was A Little Stressful But He Did Really Well

    Big Day Today For Avatar From Our Cat Shelter. His First Time In The Adoption Room Where He’s Free To Run Around And Play As He Likes. Meeting The Others Was A Little Stressful But He Did Really Well

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    His paws look way too big for him, but I guess he'll grow into them. What a heckin' cute fella :)

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    #45

    I Just Adopted A Kitten. Would Love To Know Her Breed If Anyone Can Help Me Out, I’d Truly Appreciate It

    I Just Adopted A Kitten. Would Love To Know Her Breed If Anyone Can Help Me Out, I’d Truly Appreciate It

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