Animals, just like humans, need a second chance. Whether they have been lost, abandoned, or given up, the critters people meet at shelters are all unwanted and helpless. Until we adopt them.

You can't make many choices that feel as rewarding as saving a life. And it's not just you who's reaping the benefits of finding a new best friend. Rescuing a pet also frees up shelter space so more animals can get the care they need, and, most importantly, someone very miserable becomes very, very, very happy.

Just like in February and January, Bored Panda has compiled a list of pictures that feature newly adopted animals of the month. From kitties and pups to bunnies and horses, the smiles on these rescue boys and girls definitely prove they couldn't be happier they've finally found their forever homes.

#1

Adopted Coco The Ginger And Came Back A Week Later To Get Her Brother Tux As We Couldn't Bare To Leave Him Behind. They Are The Best Of Friends!

Adopted Coco The Ginger And Came Back A Week Later To Get Her Brother Tux As We Couldn't Bare To Leave Him Behind. They Are The Best Of Friends!

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varwenea
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4 months ago

Ginger's smile and Tux's protective embrace just melts my heart. 🥰

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"By adopting an animal in need – no matter the species, breed, or size – you may be saving that animal’s life as well as freeing up valuable shelter space and resources for other animals in need," Kelly DiCicco, Manager, Adoptions Promotions at the ASPCA Adoption Center told Bored Panda. "A huge benefit of adopting animals from a shelter is that shelter staff know the animals well and can provide detailed information about an animal’s history, medical needs, behavior, and temperament. They also consider a potential adopter’s lifestyle, home environment, and the animal’s potential compatibility with children and other animals in the home in order to make matches that are a good fit."

About 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, roughly 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. The good news is that according to ASPCA estimates, the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011. If you want to contribute to lowering these numbers and rescue an animal, you can find general adoption tips or a local shelter in your area at ASPCA.

#2

Wife Wanted A Cat. I Said No, So We Compromised And Got A One Eyed Cat

Wife Wanted A Cat. I Said No, So We Compromised And Got A One Eyed Cat

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Hańka
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4 months ago

Best compromise!

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DiCicco encourages those who are seriously interested in taking home a new pet to keep an open mind and heart when visiting a shelter or rescue as they may walk out with a pet they’d never considered before, like a senior animal or even those of a different breed, size or species. "When it comes to choosing which pet to adopt, prospective adopters should feel comfortable asking plenty of questions and lean on shelter staff for guidance, as every shelter has a unique population of animals and no one knows them like the people who work with them every day," Kelly said. "Plus, shelter staff have expertise in making successful matches and can help prospective adopters decide whether an animal is a good personality and lifestyle fit. They also consider each animal’s background and energy level, as well as how the animal might get along with other people and pets in the home."

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Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch, Soaking Wet, And Dotted With Cigarette Burns. He Was Infested With Fleas, Anemic, And Starving. One Look At His Little Face And I Knew Had To Adopt Him. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch, Soaking Wet, And Dotted With Cigarette Burns. He Was Infested With Fleas, Anemic, And Starving. One Look At His Little Face And I Knew Had To Adopt Him. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

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4 months ago

Animal torture should have the same penalty as child molestation or rape.

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However, the coronavirus pandemic that is currently ravaging our world is also putting an immense strain on shelters all over the US. "Because this is an unprecedented and ever-changing situation, each shelter is facing unique challenges specific to its communities," DiCicco explained. "Many shelters are facing reduced staff and volunteer support, which is putting animals in desperate need of temporary or permanent sheltering outside the four walls of typical adoption centers and shelters."

For example, Sarah Bhimani, a spokesperson for Animal Humane Society, told Bored Panda that the organization has made the difficult decision to temporarily close all four of their shelters to the public through May 2 and only provide limited services, such as accepting surrendered/stray animals, providing limited veterinary services, and continuing humane investigations. "As our shelters were scheduled to close, we saw an outpouring of support from our community and experienced some record days of adoptions. The majority of remaining animals are being cared for by foster volunteers until the shelters reopen, and a small group of staff are caring for animals that must stay at the shelter for medical or behavioral reasons."

#4

Lots Of Strange Things Happening In The World Lately. Adopted This Rescue Kitty Today To Help Make Both Our Lives Better

Lots Of Strange Things Happening In The World Lately. Adopted This Rescue Kitty Today To Help Make Both Our Lives Better

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

Coronavirus is actually a perfect time to adopt a cat or a dog, because you'll be at home a lot and the pet will have plenty of time to get used to you and the home before you go to work again!

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But with everything going on in the world right now, Bhimani reassured that animals in need are not forgotten. "We’re still here to help the most vulnerable animals in our community, and we encourage others to get involved too at animalhumanesociety.org"

One of the ways people can help during these difficult times is fostering. "[It] can give you the opportunity to single-handedly change an animal’s life for the better and is a rewarding experience for those who choose to become caregivers," DiCicco said. "There’s no place like a loving home to get a dog or cat used to the sights, sounds, and experiences that will set them up for a successful future adoption."

#5

I Didn’t Know Cats Could Have Such A Wide Range Of Emotion Until I Adopted Leonardo Dicatprio

I Didn’t Know Cats Could Have Such A Wide Range Of Emotion Until I Adopted Leonardo Dicatprio

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

that's very appropriate name looking at his catfolio

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#6

Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

Shelter Dog Cannot Contain Her Excitement About Getting Adopted

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varwenea
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4 months ago

So that's what they mean by jumping out of your skin excitement. Happy for the dog and family.

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#7

My GF Wanted To Adopt A Kitten, I Said Not Now. As Compromise Here's The Kitten

My GF Wanted To Adopt A Kitten, I Said Not Now. As Compromise Here's The Kitten

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Kanga9ine
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4 months ago

You're done. You now have a cat that will be sleeping with you, sitting with you and ignoring her. Those darn three ways that sounded fun at the time.

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#8

My Grandmother (87) With Her Newly Adopted Senior Peanut (14) On Their Way Home From Foster Care Today

My Grandmother (87) With Her Newly Adopted Senior Peanut (14) On Their Way Home From Foster Care Today

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Mom is looking great for 87!!!

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#9

Just Adopted This Handsome Boy Yesterday

Just Adopted This Handsome Boy Yesterday

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

What a beautiful coat this good boi has. Now you just need an eye patch and a pirate name for him. Maybe "Yaaaar!"

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#10

I Think I Adopted A Vampire

I Think I Adopted A Vampire

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Totally worth the risk.

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#11

I Adopted 2 Kittens Last Week. After Many Days Of Not Seeing Them, I Woke Up To This Today

I Adopted 2 Kittens Last Week. After Many Days Of Not Seeing Them, I Woke Up To This Today

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Kate S
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4 months ago

Now that you're awake, let's discuss my breakfast

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#12

Can’t Have Kids, So I Adopted

Can’t Have Kids, So I Adopted

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

That's a gorgeous looking kiddo! Congrats!

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#13

Just Adopted Cotton! Her Favourite Hobbies Are Cosplaying As Plants And Taking Naps In Random Places

Just Adopted Cotton! Her Favourite Hobbies Are Cosplaying As Plants And Taking Naps In Random Places

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Gabi
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4 months ago

Not to be overly dramatic, but I'd die for Cotton.

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#14

My Mom Adopted An Outdoor Cat After It Gave Birth To Some Kittens And Wanted To Give It Some Shelter

My Mom Adopted An Outdoor Cat After It Gave Birth To Some Kittens And Wanted To Give It Some Shelter

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Kanga9ine
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4 months ago

The Ombré Crew. Toners getting low.

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#15

Found Him On A Beach In Russia. Brought Him Back Home To The States. He Adopted Me

Found Him On A Beach In Russia. Brought Him Back Home To The States. He Adopted Me

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

100% would pet.

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#16

3 Years Ago I Adopted This Old Guy. Today He’s 14 And Doing Better Than Ever!

3 Years Ago I Adopted This Old Guy. Today He’s 14 And Doing Better Than Ever!

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

I'm so happy to see people adopt elderly pets! No pet deserves to die of old age in the shelter

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
4 months ago

I adopted a senior a few years ago who had the heart of a lion. While we were walking one day, a big pitbull ran from a yard, unfenced of course, and was coming for me. I mistakenly thought it was going after my dog but was actually coming for me. Just as it got there, my guy, even as a senior turned on it & bit it on the ass & sent it whining back to its yard. My guy was a mixed Lab & Irish Setter. Unfortunately, about 6 months later he passed away from liver cancer. When I saw him at the shelter, I wasn't sure I wanted a senior so I left him there to think about it. As I was leaving, I saw him lying on the ground back in his spot looking out into a field & it broke my heart to think he would die there. A few days later I went back and the rest is history. Just an awesome dog. I replaced him about 6 months later with another shelter dog but younger and I have to say I hit the jackpot with this guy but I'll never forget the 1st who's name was Chance. My sister called him "2nd chance."

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Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

His eyes have pure love in them

ktdidit
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4 months ago

OMG what an adorable lil nugget!!!

Rissie
Community Member
4 months ago

Aaaw, that sweet face!

comboplush
Community Member
4 months ago

What an adorable cutie!

varwenea
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg, he must give the best tongue kisses!

Derek The Great
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4 months ago

That tongue has "happy dog" written all over it. (And probably some dripping, too!)

khyati desai
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4 months ago

What a happy pup 8)

Sori
Community Member
4 months ago

Hug him for me please!

Blueberry Woofle
Community Member
4 months ago

gosh I think I'm going to die of cuteness!

Elsa S
Community Member
4 months ago

Awww! Soooooooo cute

Annette Cote
Community Member
4 months ago

What a handsome kiddo

Gina Amesbury
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4 months ago

That tongue!! Ahhhh<3.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
4 months ago

He's doing better than ever because of you.

Linda Galli
Community Member
4 months ago

Just adorable 😜❤💛

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

Adorable little guy!

stanleyscout
Community Member
4 months ago

You can see how happy and loved he is. God bless the beautiful owner.

Hana Abera
Community Member
4 months ago

awwww i neeeeeeeeeeeed him

Karyn Langdon
Community Member
4 months ago

THAT FACE! He's adorable.

Alexander Izzo
Community Member
4 months ago

your dog looks like he's 2 years old

Esther Jeffery
Community Member
4 months ago

Bless him he looks so very happy.

Gronk Da Cronk
Community Member
4 months ago

With that tongue, he should be named after Gene Simmons. So adorable.

Keri Rosenkilde Christiansen
Community Member
4 months ago

He looks great! So happy to see elderly adoptions. Everyone should have a joyful, comfortable ending to life

Stephanie Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

Still a cutie, bless him

Kat Khatib
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd have named him Gene Simmons. Give him a big KISS from me!💋

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
4 months ago

Seniors have a lot of love to give.

Debra McGeorge
Community Member
4 months ago

True love will do that!

patricia matthews
Community Member
4 months ago

Look at that happy smile!

MidnightFury
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw look at hat pupper face!

Anna D
Community Member
4 months ago

He is cute.

Kathy Shann
Community Member
4 months ago

Cute

Mairlady
Community Member
4 months ago

BEST picture in the bunch!

Laura Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

You remind me of Suji!

Susan Munford
Community Member
4 months ago

Seniors are the BEST!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
4 months ago

Bless you for adopting, giving love so needed !!!

Sarawyn
Community Member
4 months ago

Aww he’s a doll!

Jill Emburey
Community Member
4 months ago

Gorjuss! Older dogs give the best cuddles! 🥰

Kate Johnson
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4 months ago

Those eyes!

K. LNU
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you for adopting a senior pup! I think they are the best!

Claire Sylvester
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4 months ago

OMG the most adorable doggo I ever did see ❤️❤️❤️

Little Flame
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3 months ago

His tongue though

Wendy Yim
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3 months ago

I've had 3 seniors dogs and they are the sweetest most loving creatures

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#17

This Good Boi Showed Up One Year Ago Tonight. He Rescued Us As Much As He Was Rescued

This Good Boi Showed Up One Year Ago Tonight. He Rescued Us As Much As He Was Rescued

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Chris Jones
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4 months ago

Beautiful. Yes, we may rescue these beautiful animals but they rescue us right back with all their love.

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#18

Adopted My “End Of The World” Team Yesterday. Shelters Are Struggling And I Was Lonely Anyway

Adopted My “End Of The World” Team Yesterday. Shelters Are Struggling And I Was Lonely Anyway

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Kanga9ine
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4 months ago

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. MIB chillin'.

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#19

Signing Over The Adoption Papers Today For My New Baby, Moo. Any And All Tips And Advice Are Welcome!

Signing Over The Adoption Papers Today For My New Baby, Moo. Any And All Tips And Advice Are Welcome!

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comboplush
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4 months ago

Tip: Get a second one! Unless there are serious reasons why not to (sick bun or super aggressive towards others), buns should not be kept alone. A lot of countries even require the adoption of two buns.

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#20

My Rescue Boy Strawberry Flashing His Beautiful (Don't Tell Him Otherwise) Camera Ready Smile

My Rescue Boy Strawberry Flashing His Beautiful (Don't Tell Him Otherwise) Camera Ready Smile

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

I can just imagine this animal laughing with that grin on his face.

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#21

Just Adopted This Sweet Girl. Best Decision I’ve Made In A While

Just Adopted This Sweet Girl. Best Decision I’ve Made In A While

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4 months ago

Love her "sock"

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#22

Chewy, The Recently Adopted Unit From The Nebraska Humane Society

Chewy, The Recently Adopted Unit From The Nebraska Humane Society

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Sorry to inform you that the rescue clinic misidentified this animal as a cat. It's not a cat. You now own a bear.

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#23

Today I Rescued This Littly Beauty, She Drive With Me For 1,5 Hours Like This. I Think She Knows Shes Going To Her Forever Home

Today I Rescued This Littly Beauty, She Drive With Me For 1,5 Hours Like This. I Think She Knows Shes Going To Her Forever Home

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Adorable!

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#24

My Brother's Rescues, Addie & Chase

My Brother's Rescues, Addie & Chase

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Sori
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4 months ago

Holding paws!!! My heart!

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#25

Please Keep This Boy In Your Thoughts Tomorrow, He's Meeting His Potential Adoption Family!

Please Keep This Boy In Your Thoughts Tomorrow, He's Meeting His Potential Adoption Family!

Moose was adopted and gets to live with an older couple who will have tons of time to spend with him and a lake to take him out on!

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Moose should be higher up the list. What a good looking boi!

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#26

Saw These Two Boys Up For Adoption At The Local Pet Supply Store. Their Names Are Honda And Civic

Saw These Two Boys Up For Adoption At The Local Pet Supply Store. Their Names Are Honda And Civic

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Kanga9ine
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4 months ago

Priceless Pussies of the Ottoman Empire. Very rare find.

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#27

Sonny Is A Rescue From A Bad Owner. He Has A Lot Of Health Problems But He’s Very Proud Of His Remaining Tooth!

Sonny Is A Rescue From A Bad Owner. He Has A Lot Of Health Problems But He’s Very Proud Of His Remaining Tooth!

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Amanda Sherland
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4 months ago

I have a one-toofer too! Love his little crooked smile.. He broke his other one in a fight or something and we had it removed.

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#28

Adoption Day! 9 Yr Old Good Boy Zak, We’re Gonna Make Sure Your Last Years Are Your Best❤️

Adoption Day! 9 Yr Old Good Boy Zak, We’re Gonna Make Sure Your Last Years Are Your Best❤️

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comboplush
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4 months ago

Aw, you all look so super nice! <3

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#29

My Little Rescue, Lilith, Got To Play Outside For The First Time Today!

My Little Rescue, Lilith, Got To Play Outside For The First Time Today!

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Little is right!

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#30

We Have Adopted Bud

We Have Adopted Bud

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Kanga9ine
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4 months ago

Party hats for everyone. That and a smile is all a birthday suit needs.

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#31

Last Week Was The Purrrfect Time To Adopt A Kitten. She Sends You Teeny Kisses

Last Week Was The Purrrfect Time To Adopt A Kitten. She Sends You Teeny Kisses

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Haevyn
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4 months ago

The paws🥺🥺💕💕

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#32

Reddit, Meet Finn! He’s Making Social Distancing A Little Easier :)

Reddit, Meet Finn! He’s Making Social Distancing A Little Easier :)

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

That doggy is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful addition to your family.

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#33

Just Adopted My First Rats Last Week. It’s So Great Seeing Them Come Out Of Their Shells

Just Adopted My First Rats Last Week. It’s So Great Seeing Them Come Out Of Their Shells

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Batwench
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4 months ago

Rats make excellent pets. They are intelligent, clean and not psychopaths like hamsters.

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#34

Two Years After Adoption And Still Getting Floofier By The Day

Two Years After Adoption And Still Getting Floofier By The Day

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4 months ago

It's amazing what love can do for an animal <3

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#35

My Friends Recently Adopted Pup

My Friends Recently Adopted Pup

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Who's a good boi? YOU'RE the good boi!

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#36

Our Newly Adopted Incorgnito (We Think Corgi/Cavalier King Charles). Meet Riley!

Our Newly Adopted Incorgnito (We Think Corgi/Cavalier King Charles). Meet Riley!

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

I love those floppy ears!

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#37

I Adopted This Handsome Boy A Week Ago... Look At That Beautifully Executed Front Curl!

I Adopted This Handsome Boy A Week Ago... Look At That Beautifully Executed Front Curl!

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

That is one gorgeous floof. And he looks happy.

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#38

The Nypd Rescued This Large Bunny!

The Nypd Rescued This Large Bunny!

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Nicole Blake-Walen
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4 months ago

Don't dangle, support his bottom!

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#39

Our Newly Adopted Dog “Mello” Hides Under The Table

Our Newly Adopted Dog “Mello” Hides Under The Table

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Derek The Great
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4 months ago

Mellow found a great spot.

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#40

Just Adopted This Pupper From A Shelter, Although This Is Cute I'm Teaching Her Not To Jump On Counters

Just Adopted This Pupper From A Shelter, Although This Is Cute I'm Teaching Her Not To Jump On Counters

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Kwj
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4 months ago (edited)

What a gorgeous face :D I totally understand why she want's to look at herself in the mirror

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