There’s nothing quite like that precious moment of holding your new furry friend right after you become a parent. The adventure called life is right around the corner and neither of you can hold in your excitement.

So we asked our dear Bored Panda readers to share their pictures that capture this very special moment and the posts are in! The list down below is probably one of the cutest, most heartwarming and rewarding collections ever.

We hope it will encourage everyone to become an animal's new forever family. Don’t forget to upvote your fave entries, share the post with your friends, and hit us with comments!

#1

1 Hour After We Brought Wesley Home. Almost A Year Later And It’s Still His Favorite Position

1 Hour After We Brought Wesley Home. Almost A Year Later And It’s Still His Favorite Position

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
Community Member
1 month ago

Look Mummy! I'm a StAr!

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#2

This Was My Baby The Day I Adopted Her. She Slept For Hours. I Love Her To Death

This Was My Baby The Day I Adopted Her. She Slept For Hours. I Love Her To Death

Bri Henry Report

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

She is gorgeous ♡

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#3

This Is Henry A Few Hours After We Adopted Him. A Mama’s Boy Immediately!

This Is Henry A Few Hours After We Adopted Him. A Mama’s Boy Immediately!

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Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

100% trust, so sweet!

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Luckily, more and more people are willing to follow the advice "adopt, don’t shop" these days.

In our previous interview with Louise Lee, the media officer at the organization Blue Cross For Pets, we found out that the stigma around so-called “‘broken’ pets is gradually changing and people understand pets are handed over for all sorts of reasons.”

#4

On The Day I Adopted The Choc Lab (Harmony) I Took Her To My Parents House To Meet Their Dog (Duke) This Is His Reaction To Her Getting On The Bed With Him

On The Day I Adopted The Choc Lab (Harmony) I Took Her To My Parents House To Meet Their Dog (Duke) This Is His Reaction To Her Getting On The Bed With Him

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Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

Soulmates!

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#5

Someone Threw This Baby Out In The Parking Lot Of A Gas Station From Their Car Yesterday...

Someone Threw This Baby Out In The Parking Lot Of A Gas Station From Their Car Yesterday...

People were trying to catch him and the little guy just came running out to me. I picked him up and the folks was saying well he found his home now..

Marintha Nealey Mosley Report

Isa
Community Member
1 month ago

How can someone trough this little sweet thing out from a car? Why???Man I hate this evil people...thank you for being such a lovely person and give him all the love he needs!

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#6

I Rescued A 12-13 Yr Old Dog Three Years Ago. This Is Her Being Held By One Of The Animal Shelter Employees And The Other Is About 20 Mins After Being In Her New Forever Home! Sweet Chloe

I Rescued A 12-13 Yr Old Dog Three Years Ago. This Is Her Being Held By One Of The Animal Shelter Employees And The Other Is About 20 Mins After Being In Her New Forever Home! Sweet Chloe

Sierra De Jong Report

Karen Johnston
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless you for taking in this senior girl! Not everyone is this kind.

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The tendency to adopt became especially prominent during the recent coronavirus pandemic when, in times of crisis, many were seeking a furry companion.

Pamela Reid, the vice president of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Behavioral Sciences Team, told Bored Panda that: "During this period of great uncertainty, one bright spot has been the incredibly passionate response from people willing to open their homes and hearts to foster and adopt vulnerable shelter animals."

#7

Precious Boy Cuddled Up To The First Sock He Found

Precious Boy Cuddled Up To The First Sock He Found

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

He looks like he’s praying to the sock god. (He’s a real cutie, btw!)

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#8

This Is Luna. Adopted Her A Week Ago. This Photo Was Taken 2 Hours After We Brought Her Home

This Is Luna. Adopted Her A Week Ago. This Photo Was Taken 2 Hours After We Brought Her Home

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Make yourself comfortab... oh! you have. lol

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#9

Brought Home Our Tabby On Feb 1st...this Was A Month Ago. I Think My Fears Of My Tuxedo Cat Not Liking Her Were Squashed Officially After This Photo

Brought Home Our Tabby On Feb 1st...this Was A Month Ago. I Think My Fears Of My Tuxedo Cat Not Liking Her Were Squashed Officially After This Photo

Virginia VJ Smith Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

Cats are so full of love. Such sweet little angels.

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Incredibly, there has been a nearly 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care through ASPCA New York City and Los Angeles foster programs, compared to the same time period in 2019. 

But the adoption boom was something other shelters could have never expected. "We thought people were going to bring their animals in and then run for the hills," Katy Hansen, communications director for the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), told Vox

At any given time, ACC shelters more than 600 animals and now, it's less than 100.

#10

This Is Kramer. Someone Tossed Him Out Of A Car And I Was Lucky Enough To Be Rescued By Him. Immediate Mama's Boy! Sweetest Dog I've Ever Had.

This Is Kramer. Someone Tossed Him Out Of A Car And I Was Lucky Enough To Be Rescued By Him. Immediate Mama's Boy! Sweetest Dog I've Ever Had.

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Karen Johnston
Community Member
1 month ago

Good on you! But how can people do this? It's reprehensible.

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#11

This Is Faye Only Hours After I Brought Her Home. She Was Found Wandering Around In The Texas Summer Heat. Her Old Owners Were Uninterested In Taking Her Back. I Thinks She’s Okay With It

This Is Faye Only Hours After I Brought Her Home. She Was Found Wandering Around In The Texas Summer Heat. Her Old Owners Were Uninterested In Taking Her Back. I Thinks She’s Okay With It

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

I will never understand how people can do that. My dogs are part of my family and I'd never, ever be willing to give them up.

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#12

Fig My Lockdown Foster On His Ride Home From The Rescue. He Was Neutered Yesterday So I’m Just Waiting For The Final Paperwork So I Can Officially Say He Is Furever Mine

Fig My Lockdown Foster On His Ride Home From The Rescue. He Was Neutered Yesterday So I’m Just Waiting For The Final Paperwork So I Can Officially Say He Is Furever Mine

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Befitting Soup
Community Member
1 month ago

What a cutie!

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#13

This Was Hank In Jan 2020 When I Picked Him Up From A Transport That Brought Him To Massachusetts From Arkansas Where He Was In A Foster Home

This Was Hank In Jan 2020 When I Picked Him Up From A Transport That Brought Him To Massachusetts From Arkansas Where He Was In A Foster Home

He was super anxious. Just this month, June 2020 he started kissing me. Now he won't stop!

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Such stunning eyes

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#14

Little Oscar, Technically, It's Our Other Cat Who Adopted Him.

Little Oscar, Technically, It's Our Other Cat Who Adopted Him.

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Nadine
Community Member
1 month ago

They kinda match!

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#15

Lily, 15 When I Adopted Her, She Lived To 17, Most Beautiful Girl Ever Xxx

Lily, 15 When I Adopted Her, She Lived To 17, Most Beautiful Girl Ever Xxx

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw. Thank you for making her final years safe and happy.

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#16

Rescued This Kitten Yesterday And He’s Already Settled With My Daughter!

Rescued This Kitten Yesterday And He’s Already Settled With My Daughter!

Becky Rebecca Wylie Report

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw my goodness, that is so sweet! They're going to be great friends!

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#17

This Photo Was Taken Right After I Adopted My Littles! Can’t Believe It’s Been A Year Already.

This Photo Was Taken Right After I Adopted My Littles! Can’t Believe It’s Been A Year Already.

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Rebekah
Community Member
1 month ago

So much happy!

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#18

“I’ll Never Get A Pet” To... 2 Hours After Adopting Cookie

“I’ll Never Get A Pet” To... 2 Hours After Adopting Cookie

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

he was adopted by cookie

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#19

I Rescued This Handsome 15 Yr Old Siamese And He Hopped In My Lap Immediately

I Rescued This Handsome 15 Yr Old Siamese And He Hopped In My Lap Immediately

Denise Scarff Report

Cathelijne van Weelden
Community Member
1 month ago

❤️ The old folks 😻

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#20

Adopted 5 Hours Ago

Adopted 5 Hours Ago

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

L'il snuggla

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#21

Doc & Archie

Doc & Archie

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gloria benado
Community Member
1 month ago

You guys look absolutely joyous :)

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#22

This Was Taken On Monday, An Hour After Adopting Our Sweet Little Kitten

This Was Taken On Monday, An Hour After Adopting Our Sweet Little Kitten

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Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

My heart is melting.

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#23

The Most Adorable Fluff Monster Just Minutes After Coming Home From The Woods

The Most Adorable Fluff Monster Just Minutes After Coming Home From The Woods

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the interaction between them.

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#24

My Daughter And Our Cat Just A Few Days After We Found Him : He Was Left Starving In The Streets.

My Daughter And Our Cat Just A Few Days After We Found Him : He Was Left Starving In The Streets.

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Starving for love, too. But not anymore.

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#25

This Was The Same Night We Got Her

This Was The Same Night We Got Her

She was a stray along with her sister that someone found in the neighborhood. Someone posted on Facebook if anyone could pick them up since it was on there property but not their cats. They were covered in fleas and bleeding all over from bites. On top of that it was summer time in Georgia so it was really humid and wet. We picked up both of the sisters and brought them home and this one has never left my side since. They seemed even more happy whenever we got the fleas removed for good. This was 2 years ago and now every night she'll curl up under my armpit and sleep with me all night.

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 month ago

You made her feel safe. That's great

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#26

This Is My Dog Marcie. This Was Her A Few Hours After Getting Her From Our Local Humane Society. I've Never Met A Dog That's More Cuddly And Silly Than Her

This Is My Dog Marcie. This Was Her A Few Hours After Getting Her From Our Local Humane Society. I've Never Met A Dog That's More Cuddly And Silly Than Her

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deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

Now you need to adopt a Peppermint Patty.

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#27

Rescued These Two Beasts From The Side Of The Road In The Caribbean Where We Live. Sisters

Rescued These Two Beasts From The Side Of The Road In The Caribbean Where We Live. Sisters

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Mimi M
Community Member
1 month ago

Yin-Yang Sisters

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#28

This Is Ginger, We Rescued Her From The Pound This Photo Is Her First Day In Her New Home. She Has Since Lost Any Insecurity And Is One Happy Pup

This Is Ginger, We Rescued Her From The Pound This Photo Is Her First Day In Her New Home. She Has Since Lost Any Insecurity And Is One Happy Pup

Rick Parsons Report

Mimi M
Community Member
1 month ago

'If I don't let go, can I stay?'

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#29

"New Home New Stick" Hours After Adoption

"New Home New Stick" Hours After Adoption

Mantas Kačerauskas Report

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

Matches the bed perfectly!

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#30

Little Pawtatoe The Drive Home And Then Realizing What He Got Himself Into

Little Pawtatoe The Drive Home And Then Realizing What He Got Himself Into

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JazzyWorld
Community Member
1 month ago

H u s k y = M e m e

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#31

We Adopted This Pupper Today

We Adopted This Pupper Today

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aussie snowdropper
Community Member
1 month ago

gorgeous

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#32

Found Little Marmy In The Middle Of A Road , All Alone , Scared And Meowing ..

Found Little Marmy In The Middle Of A Road , All Alone , Scared And Meowing ..

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Maria R
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor little baby, so glad you found her.

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#33

Foster Fail!

Foster Fail!

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Community Member
1 month ago

13.5 hours into a 14 hour drive from California to Oregon to drop Lucy off at her forever home, I realized I couldn’t give her up.

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#34

About 1 Hour After She Was Adopted

About 1 Hour After She Was Adopted

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like she's disappearing into a blanket covered sink hole!!

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#35

Off To His Forever Home

Off To His Forever Home

Dionne Pells Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

And already picked his favorite little hooman too!

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#36

Adoption Day For Dixie, The Black Pup. She Immediately Loved Her Big Brother!

Adoption Day For Dixie, The Black Pup. She Immediately Loved Her Big Brother!

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Assuring her that he will look after her.

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#37

Sophie, An Hour After Adoption. Shelter Deemed Her A Black Lab/Huskie Mix And A Lost Case With Parvo

Sophie, An Hour After Adoption. Shelter Deemed Her A Black Lab/Huskie Mix And A Lost Case With Parvo

Joe Morgan Report

Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Hope she's all better now

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#38

This Is One Of My Rescues, 5 Minutes After Bringing Her Home. She Made Herself Comfortable Quite Fast

This Is One Of My Rescues, 5 Minutes After Bringing Her Home. She Made Herself Comfortable Quite Fast

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Rebekah
Community Member
1 month ago

What a doll.

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 month ago

That´s mine... that´s mine and that is also mine....

ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

Cirque de Soleil cat! Have ya got a trapeze?

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
1 month ago

Cutie!

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 month ago

"I'm back. Thank you for waiting for me and saving my toys."

William Pitre
Community Member
1 month ago

I c u........

Brenda Monette
Community Member
1 month ago

well you sure are a poser.

Wolfblood Fanatic
Community Member
1 month ago

cutie pie!

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#39

This Is Us With Our Lil Teddy At The Shelter, We Are Filling Out Paperwork To Take Him Home. He Is In His Mommas Jessica Jck Dms Lap And After 3 Years That’s Still His Favorite Place To Be

This Is Us With Our Lil Teddy At The Shelter, We Are Filling Out Paperwork To Take Him Home. He Is In His Mommas Jessica Jck Dms Lap And After 3 Years That’s Still His Favorite Place To Be

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Alex Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

You are just adorable! That little face.

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#40

Our Pretty Pitty Puppy, Her First Day Home

Our Pretty Pitty Puppy, Her First Day Home

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 month ago

And she has her natural ears. Lovely doggo.

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#41

We Had Just Picked Him Up Less Than An Hour Before This Picture And Took Him To A Nearby Park, He Loves His Daddy. We Will Be At A Year Since We Rescued Him On September 21

We Had Just Picked Him Up Less Than An Hour Before This Picture And Took Him To A Nearby Park, He Loves His Daddy. We Will Be At A Year Since We Rescued Him On September 21

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

I'll let you up if you promise again that this is my forever home

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#42

When I Took This Picture, This Baby Was A Stray Cat

When I Took This Picture, This Baby Was A Stray Cat

Feeling his body on mine and hearing he’s purring just because he felt comfortable in my arms made me decide. Two days from that day he became mine. Officially. Now we are living on abroad and he is happier than ever... So am I.

Alexandra Tusz Report

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Black cats are so gorgeous! It's sad how they're often not adopted from shelters because "a black cat is bad luck". Thank you for adopting this one!

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#43

The Day I Adopted My Adult Female Cat Pepper

The Day I Adopted My Adult Female Cat Pepper

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Pepper is a beauty!

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#44

Got Him Yesterday

Got Him Yesterday

Jay Peter Report

Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

He's smiling bless him, happy dreams

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#45

This Is Our Rescue Scrappy! This Is After His First Meal Home With Us. He's Such A Good Boy

This Is Our Rescue Scrappy! This Is After His First Meal Home With Us. He's Such A Good Boy

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

He approves of his new diet. Yum.

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#46

Less Than An Hour After Adopting Our Baby

Less Than An Hour After Adopting Our Baby

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 month ago

Peekaboo...

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#47

A Couple Of Hours After Bringing Our Rescue Staffy 'Blue' Home... 3 Years Later & Hes Like Hes Always Been Here.. Such A Good Boy

A Couple Of Hours After Bringing Our Rescue Staffy 'Blue' Home... 3 Years Later & Hes Like Hes Always Been Here.. Such A Good Boy

Nichola Tilley Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

And Blue immediately loved your boys too—-so sweet!

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#48

In The Car On The Way Home From Adopting Her From Leeds Dogs Trust

In The Car On The Way Home From Adopting Her From Leeds Dogs Trust

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 month ago

"Bye! Thanks for taking care of me - I'm going with my new family now!"

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#49

15 Minutes After We Got Home Foe The 1st Time

15 Minutes After We Got Home Foe The 1st Time

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Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

What a great snuggle!

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#50

Sam On The Right Who We Adopted After About 10 Minutes Of Bringing Him Home. Cricket (Corgi) Loves Her New Brother!

Sam On The Right Who We Adopted After About 10 Minutes Of Bringing Him Home. Cricket (Corgi) Loves Her New Brother!

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Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Welcome to the pack!

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