There’s hardly a better time to be a Bored Panda reader than when one month ends and another begins. That’s because it’s time for another of our wholesome lists of the cute pets that were rescued over the past month, finally found their forever homes, and won over the hearts of their new family members. Honestly, it’s the best part of the month for me because I know how happy adopted pet pics make you, dear Pandas.

So go on, fill yourself up with some soul-healing good vibes to match the brilliant sunshine outside. Don’t forget to upvote your fave pics and we’d absolutely love to hear all about how you met your pets—so tell us about them in the comments.

Meanwhile, however happy rescuing pets might make us and them feel, you can’t deny that the whole adoption process can be stressful, as there’s a major lifestyle shift for the animals who may have been abused before. We had a chat about how to recognize the signs of stress and help our pets deal with it with the friendly team at the PDSA, the UK’s leading vet charity. Pssst—when you’re done, you’ll find some more fluffy cuddles in our earlier rescue pets posts here: May, April, and March.

#1

Adopting An Old Cat

Adopting An Old Cat

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Awww poor sweetie. I love old cats, they need a good home, and lots of love.

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#2

"Will You.... Adopt This Cat With Me?" She Said Yes

"Will You.... Adopt This Cat With Me?" She Said Yes

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

This is better than any proposal ever!

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#3

A Kitten Followed My Mail Cart For Four Blocks. Went Back Later To Find Her Huddled By A Garbage Pile. Guess I Adopted A Kitten

A Kitten Followed My Mail Cart For Four Blocks. Went Back Later To Find Her Huddled By A Garbage Pile. Guess I Adopted A Kitten

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

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Adopting a pet isn’t as easy as going down to your local shelter and picking out a bunch of kittens to go home with you. There are procedures to follow. Basically, any shelter worth their salt will put in the effort to check if you and your future best buddy are a good match. That can mean filling out a few forms or having a chat about whether you’ll have enough space for them at home and what your schedule is like.

After all, taking care of a pet isn’t all fun and games (though, admittedly, it’s a large part of it!)—you’re responsible for the life of another being. That means feeding it, giving it all the love and vet care it needs, making sure it gets along with all of your other pets, and that it acclimates properly to its new home.

For example, PDSA vet Anna Ewers Clark pointed out to Bored Panda that you have to think about the logistics of owning several pets. We had a chat with her about what to do specifically if your cat, a notoriously subtle and territorial pet, is feeling stressed out and anxious.

#4

We Were Worried Our Rescue Pup Wouldn't Like Our New Rescue Kitten...

We Were Worried Our Rescue Pup Wouldn't Like Our New Rescue Kitten...

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Jihan Kim
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5 months ago

the pup sure knows the feeling

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#5

My Sister Just Adopted This Sweet 18 Year Old Tortie!

My Sister Just Adopted This Sweet 18 Year Old Tortie!

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Possibly the greatest mercy.

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#6

Rescued This Little Dude Today. Some Guy Hitting Cats With A Broom, Was Gunna Kick His Ass If He Didn't Give Me The Cat.. He Is Safe Now

Rescued This Little Dude Today. Some Guy Hitting Cats With A Broom, Was Gunna Kick His Ass If He Didn't Give Me The Cat.. He Is Safe Now

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Linziaj
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5 months ago

Well done you x

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“If you have a multi-cat household showing signs of stress, then make sure you have at least one resource for every cat, plus one extra. So if you have two cats, provide three of everything—bowls, beds, litter trays, etc. Spread these things out around your house so that they can always avoid each other if they want to,” she said.

Vet Anna noted that even if some pets do prefer each other’s company, you should ideally have enough space for them so they can be alone if they want to. “It’s important to make sure your cats are able to get around without having to cross each other’s paths. This could be by making sure there are plenty of entrances/exits for them to use or by creating ‘vertical space’ with high shelves or furniture so your cats can pass each other at different levels,” she told Bored Panda.

#7

Hi My Name Is Clover And I Adopted My People Today!

Hi My Name Is Clover And I Adopted My People Today!

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ThoughtsAreNotFacts
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5 months ago

What a sweetie!

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#8

You're Adopted!

You're Adopted!

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Jkk
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5 months ago

So Happy 🥰

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#9

Rescued This Little Dude From A Bad Shelter Situation. His Name Is Vader

Rescued This Little Dude From A Bad Shelter Situation. His Name Is Vader

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

I love you Vader.

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However, recognizing if your pet is displeased might be more difficult than you’d expect. They won’t tell you that there’s something wrong outright like a human being would (though, to be completely fair, people tend to be very secretive and passive-aggressive, too). And while with some pets it’ll be very obvious when something’s wrong, others can show only very subtle, nuanced signs.

PDSA vet Anna shared that this subtle displeasure and stress can manifest itself in ways that require the owner to constantly compare their current actions to their previous ones. In short, you have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times. “Stressed cats may simply hide more, move around less, sleep more, over-groom themselves, or be more reluctant to play,” she said.

#10

After Months And Months Of Applications Going Unanswered, Our Rescue Dog Found Us When She Came Into My Clinic For A Check-Up

After Months And Months Of Applications Going Unanswered, Our Rescue Dog Found Us When She Came Into My Clinic For A Check-Up

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MagicalUnicorn
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5 months ago

wow, that's gorgeous doggo! you both happy to have found each other <3

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#11

Adopted This 12 Yr Old Battle Axe Today. Turns Out She’s Entirely Deaf. Already Runnin The Place

Adopted This 12 Yr Old Battle Axe Today. Turns Out She’s Entirely Deaf. Already Runnin The Place

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Linziaj
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5 months ago

That's a very strange camera angle hahaha

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#12

Meet Barry, Our 8 Week Old Rescue Kitten

Meet Barry, Our 8 Week Old Rescue Kitten

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aussie snowdropper
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5 months ago

I can see you !!!!

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“They may simply spend less time in the house, preferring time roaming outdoors than having to spend time in ‘shared territory or start avoiding certain areas of the home.’”

Meanwhile, severe or chronic stress can have very serious negative outcomes. For example, in cats, it can make them physically ill and make them suffer from feline cystitis, a very painful bladder condition. “If your cat shows any difficulty in urinating, has blood in their wee, or changes their toileting habits, contact your vet straight away,” the vet said.

#13

After Wanting A Dog For My Whole Life, I Finally Adopted One! Meet Pepero!

After Wanting A Dog For My Whole Life, I Finally Adopted One! Meet Pepero!

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Viki Short
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh those eyes!

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#14

My Cat Knor Two Weeks After Adoption From The Shelter

My Cat Knor Two Weeks After Adoption From The Shelter

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Birgit M
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5 months ago

Pure bliss!

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#15

She's Only Been Home For An Hour And Has Already Settled In. Happy Adoption Day Baby Girl!

She's Only Been Home For An Hour And Has Already Settled In. Happy Adoption Day Baby Girl!

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
5 months ago

doggo approves

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#16

I Think Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted

I Think Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted

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Susan Green
Community Member
5 months ago

Look at that content face.

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#17

Adopted This 13 Yo Senior Yesterday. Say Hi To Simon!

Adopted This 13 Yo Senior Yesterday. Say Hi To Simon!

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Simon has lived and has stories to share.

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#18

We Adopted Sisters And I'm In Love!

We Adopted Sisters And I'm In Love!

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Bill
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5 months ago

Why do they look like they are already plotting something?

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#19

Tiny Friendly Feral I Helped Rescue From A Car Engine. Mine Now Muahahahahaha!

Tiny Friendly Feral I Helped Rescue From A Car Engine. Mine Now Muahahahahaha!

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Jkk
Community Member
5 months ago

”Mine now”, said the kitten😊

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#20

Adopted Little Auron 2 Days Ago

Adopted Little Auron 2 Days Ago

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Like it's always been.

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#21

I Was Terrified Of Adopting A Rescue Kitten Because I Wasn't Sure I Could Make Him Happy. 4 Months Later, Well I Think The Pic Says It All

I Was Terrified Of Adopting A Rescue Kitten Because I Wasn't Sure I Could Make Him Happy. 4 Months Later, Well I Think The Pic Says It All

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Ms.M.
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5 months ago

I love house panthers!

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#22

Went To Pick Up My Kitten Ended Up Adopting His Sibling Too

Went To Pick Up My Kitten Ended Up Adopting His Sibling Too

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

I’m happy you did. I don’t think they would have like being separated.

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#23

Today; My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Guy. He Being Attacked By Somebody Off Thier Head On Drugs. Welcome Home Archer. I Promise You Never Will Another Human Hurt You

Today; My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Guy. He Being Attacked By Somebody Off Thier Head On Drugs. Welcome Home Archer. I Promise You Never Will Another Human Hurt You

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Lytha
Community Member
5 months ago

So Tiny ! Thanks to the boyfriend !

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#24

Izzy Has Now Been Adopted. She Was A Part Of The 130 Cats We Rescued From A Hoarder. Now Only 114 Cats Need To Be Adopted

Izzy Has Now Been Adopted. She Was A Part Of The 130 Cats We Rescued From A Hoarder. Now Only 114 Cats Need To Be Adopted

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
5 months ago

She has a gorgeous coat. I hope she settles in to her new home.

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#25

Rescued This Pup, Meet Milo

Rescued This Pup, Meet Milo

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Leslie B
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5 months ago

Hi Milo!

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#26

We Just Adopted Our First Puppy. His Name Is Moose And He's Only 9 Weeks Old. Our New Good Boy

We Just Adopted Our First Puppy. His Name Is Moose And He's Only 9 Weeks Old. Our New Good Boy

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Isabella
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5 months ago

Look at that paw!🤗

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#27

After A Month Of Fostering, We Officially Adopted Our Land Seal, Halo Yesterday!

After A Month Of Fostering, We Officially Adopted Our Land Seal, Halo Yesterday!

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Ms.M.
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5 months ago

must boop the snoot!

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#28

Zuko! Adopted Him Yesterday. He Was A Stray And Is A Bit Smaller Than He Should Be But I’m Hoping To Get Him A Bit Fatter And Stronger With Some Formula And Much Needed Attention. He’s Such A Good Little Guy

Zuko! Adopted Him Yesterday. He Was A Stray And Is A Bit Smaller Than He Should Be But I’m Hoping To Get Him A Bit Fatter And Stronger With Some Formula And Much Needed Attention. He’s Such A Good Little Guy

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Hello Zuko. Lots of happy years ahead.

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#29

My Roommate Just Adopted Her First Puppers “Hank The Tank”

My Roommate Just Adopted Her First Puppers “Hank The Tank”

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Both look extremely pleased. Good Luck to them.

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#30

Adopted This Sweet 5 Yr Old Girl Yesterday! Meet Dolly!

Adopted This Sweet 5 Yr Old Girl Yesterday! Meet Dolly!

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Looking swell, Dolly.

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#31

Adopted This Stray Cat A Week Ago. Couldn’t Resist Its Cuteness

Adopted This Stray Cat A Week Ago. Couldn’t Resist Its Cuteness

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Marette
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5 months ago

He's inspecting the cat-a-logues.

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#32

Just Adopted A Dog And Had My Boyfriend Come Over To Meet Her. He's Already Calling Her "Our" Dog

Just Adopted A Dog And Had My Boyfriend Come Over To Meet Her. He's Already Calling Her "Our" Dog

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Both are precious and both are keepers!

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#33

Adopted This Kid Yesterday From Best Friends In Kanab Ut, She’s Honest To God The Sweetest Kitty I’ve Ever Met. I Hit The Jackpot

Adopted This Kid Yesterday From Best Friends In Kanab Ut, She’s Honest To God The Sweetest Kitty I’ve Ever Met. I Hit The Jackpot

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
5 months ago

I love Best Friends!

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#34

We Adopted A New Cat Today And This Was The First Picture I Captured. I Love Her

We Adopted A New Cat Today And This Was The First Picture I Captured. I Love Her

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Rissie
Community Member
5 months ago

Who's that handsome kitty in my new home?

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#35

Today We Rescued Each Other. A Sweet Timid Little Girl To Fill My Home And Heart

Today We Rescued Each Other. A Sweet Timid Little Girl To Fill My Home And Heart

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Linziaj
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5 months ago

What a beautiful statement

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#36

This Is Scamp! We Rescued Him From A Romanian Shelter Less Than A Month Ago. He Is Really Settling In To His New Home Now, And For The First Time In His Life, He Has A Family

This Is Scamp! We Rescued Him From A Romanian Shelter Less Than A Month Ago. He Is Really Settling In To His New Home Now, And For The First Time In His Life, He Has A Family

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Hi Scamp, looks like you want to have fun.

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#37

Just Adopted This Sweet Little Girl . I Need Some Ideas For Names And Thought You All Could Help

Just Adopted This Sweet Little Girl . I Need Some Ideas For Names And Thought You All Could Help

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tw 72
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5 months ago (edited)

Princess Layla FuzzyBum, of the Lancaster FuzzyBums, Unapologetic Stealer of Hearts and Heiress to the Dynasty of NoseBoops

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#38

My Newly Adopted 7 Year Old Rescue Named Kronk. He Warmed Up To Us Super Quickly

My Newly Adopted 7 Year Old Rescue Named Kronk. He Warmed Up To Us Super Quickly

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
5 months ago

Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove? Yzma is one of my favorite animated characters ever.

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#39

Our New Rescue Pup Frankie Thinks He’s A Dog Model

Our New Rescue Pup Frankie Thinks He’s A Dog Model

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Rissie
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5 months ago

That's cause he is?

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#40

I Adopted Two 6 Week Old Kittens, Mercury And Apollo, And They’re Inseparable. They Play Shockingly Rough, But I Always Find Them Like This Afterward

I Adopted Two 6 Week Old Kittens, Mercury And Apollo, And They’re Inseparable. They Play Shockingly Rough, But I Always Find Them Like This Afterward

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Melissa TO
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5 months ago

My condolences to your window coverings.

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#41

I Adopted A Kitty. She's Cute Isn't She?

I Adopted A Kitty. She's Cute Isn't She?

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

That's an understatement! She's not a tuxedo, she's a dinner jacket.

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#42

Me And My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Girl From A Neglected Home. It’s Been 2 Weeks And She Is Already My Everything

Me And My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Girl From A Neglected Home. It’s Been 2 Weeks And She Is Already My Everything

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

And vice versa.

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#43

Behold, Our Kitty We Adopted, Boe!

Behold, Our Kitty We Adopted, Boe!

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Lytha
Community Member
5 months ago

Boe is so beautiful ! Welcome home !

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#44

I Just Adopted This Sweet 2 Year Old Girl. Photo Was Taken 15 Minutes After I Left The Shelter. It Was Love At First Sight . Everyone Meet Bailey!

I Just Adopted This Sweet 2 Year Old Girl. Photo Was Taken 15 Minutes After I Left The Shelter. It Was Love At First Sight . Everyone Meet Bailey!

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

The perfect passenger.

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#45

Meet Cinza Our New Rescued Baby

Meet Cinza Our New Rescued Baby

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Jkk
Community Member
5 months ago

Those eyes😍

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#46

The Dog I Rescued A Few Weeks Ago Is Still Trying To Figure Out This Whole Bed Thing. Ignore The Mess In The Background

The Dog I Rescued A Few Weeks Ago Is Still Trying To Figure Out This Whole Bed Thing. Ignore The Mess In The Background

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Amery
Community Member
5 months ago

Awhhhh!! Now, THAT is toooooo darn adorable, hahahahaha! (ps: The background looks 'lived in & comfy'.. love that too!)

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#47

Just Adopted This 5 Year Old Beauty

Just Adopted This 5 Year Old Beauty

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Jo Simmons
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5 months ago

She's beautiful!

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#48

Rescued This Sweet Girl Recently, Meet Sushi

Rescued This Sweet Girl Recently, Meet Sushi

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Hello Sushi, you look lovely.

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#49

Got Her Rescued Today. Welcoming Liberty To Our Home

Got Her Rescued Today. Welcoming Liberty To Our Home

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Hilary Mol
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5 months ago

Forget the Liberty Bell - this is something better: the Liberty Blep!

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#50

Today, I Adopted A Kitten. Meet Leo, My Fur Baby, The Biggest Purring Machine, And A Cuddler

Today, I Adopted A Kitten. Meet Leo, My Fur Baby, The Biggest Purring Machine, And A Cuddler

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Zena Marsh
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5 months ago

Hello Leo, you are gorgeous.

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