Love can be life-changing for everyone. And for rescued animals, this is literally what happens. When given a new forever loving home, neglected cats blossom.

As they discover affection, care, and friendship, time flies. And guess what? The transformations are so powerful you can see them with the naked eye! And some of these kittens are now a bunch of beautiful indoor tigers. Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most heartwarming kittens on their adoption day vs now that show the night-and-day difference a rescue can make. To all the Pandas out there, share your feline adoption stories in the comments!

#1

The Difference A Rescue Can Make

The Difference A Rescue Can Make

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fro_st puppy
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2 months ago

its always nice to see people care for the animals. a small act makes a big difference!

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#2

Remy B. Nobody Loved Him For 6 Years, Until We Did

Remy B. Nobody Loved Him For 6 Years, Until We Did

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Daune Jaimes Diaz
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2 months ago

I wish I could give him more upvotes

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#3

My Wife And I Rescued This Sweet Little Girl Last July. This Is Her Now

My Wife And I Rescued This Sweet Little Girl Last July. This Is Her Now

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2 months ago

from bun to loaf

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Bored Panda contacted Louise Lee, the media officer at the non-profit Blue Cross For Pets organization, which specializes in animal adoption in the United Kingdom. We asked Louise if more people are willing to take the “adopt, don’t shop” approach these days. Luckily, it seems so. “We rehomed over 9,000 pets last year, which has increased significantly since a decade ago.”

The stigma about rescued cats is slowly fading away. “Such misperceptions that these pets were all given up because of behavior and that they're 'broken' are gradually changing, and people understand pets are handed over for all sorts of reasons,” explained Louise.

#4

It's Almost A Year Since My Friend Brought Home A Rescue Kitten, So She Decided To Recreate The First Picture She Took Of Him

It's Almost A Year Since My Friend Brought Home A Rescue Kitten, So She Decided To Recreate The First Picture She Took Of Him

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Gina
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2 months ago

The after is like, "put. me. down."

Imperfekt
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2 months ago

So is the before picture. lol

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sJm
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2 months ago

A Maine Coone 🥰 How lucky to find one at a rescue shelter to adopt.

Spikey Bunny
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2 months ago

That's how I got my Mason... Unfortunately he succumbed to the same deadly heart murmurs that affect many Main Coons and died because something like a Stroke Shower. If you ever have a MC be prepared to have a cardiologist in your cat's life... and the added expense. I didn't believe the hype and absolutely regret my mistakes for him. Mason was well the best cat/dog I've ever had.

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Mark
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2 months ago

First picture 'What the hell!" Second picture "Put me down while you still have a face!"

MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

from little nugget to not impressed Toothless <3

I Just Changed My Name
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2 months ago

Whew! Look at those big baby feet!

3ke
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2 months ago

You adopted a black lion

Dutch VanZandt
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2 months ago

Gorgeous...

Robin Childers
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2 months ago

From tiny floof to majestic king.

Mimi M
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2 months ago

That's a massive Maine Coon right there. Note the ear-tufts - a dead-giveaway.

SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Did she not realise that he was a Panther cub when she adopted him? ;-)

catslave6
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2 months ago

Oh my...He grew just a bit, didn't he? He's huge and beautiful.

Vanessa Tobias
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2 months ago

Oh my heart!

Helenium
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2 months ago

look at dem feets so big i wanna munch em

jknbt jknbt
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2 months ago

the adult cat is contemplating murder... beware...

Perfumista Perfumista
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2 months ago

he doesn't seem very sentimental

Hannah Boning
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2 months ago

floof ball

Donna Reynolds
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2 months ago

That’s a big floof.

Mary Hayden
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2 months ago

That is a big cat

Kirstin Wymore
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2 months ago

OMG LOVE HIM

Lyop
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2 months ago

Main Coons are awesome!!

Phil DeBlanc
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2 months ago

What a magnificent beast! ❤

Capermom
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2 months ago

He got huge..!! Hahaha... Beautiful cat.

LlamuLuva13
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2 months ago

wow he got huge, u really do take care of him

Anna roberts
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2 months ago

He is not amused!!!

CHUA YEE HWEE
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2 months ago

before cat :i lovee it!dunt put meh down!meow! after cat:PUT.MEH.DOWN.DIS.INSTANCE .LADY.ELS.U.KNOW.WUTS.COMING lmao

Gale Vester
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2 months ago

‘Tomorrow, you can recreate the hairballs I’m going to make in your shoes tonight.’ >^.^<

Megan Mathewson
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2 months ago

Big guy!!!

Kat Khatib
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2 months ago

Wow! What did she feed him?? Miracle GrowL??!

misery
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2 months ago

Adorable! Just one BIG cat ❤️

Jo Choto
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2 months ago

Holy hand grenades. What are you feeding him??

Gigi Baldez
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2 months ago

"You have to sleep sooner or later - then I will extract my revenge!"

nala simba
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2 months ago

Huge beautiful kitty!

Philly Bob Squires
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2 months ago

Cat is like... Imma kill you now!

Annamarie Dodge
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2 months ago

that cat is almost as big as its owner

Patricia Brown
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2 months ago

big boy!

Bored Silly
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2 months ago

The look

Shelby McClain
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2 months ago

Wow what a wonderful and gorgeous gift to your family. Looks like a Maine coon. So lucky to have this cat in your life and he’s lucky too bless your heart

Elaine Tan
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2 months ago

Such a handsome boy💙!!!

Ann O'Riley
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2 months ago

BIG cat. I'd guess either Maine Coon Cat or a Black Panther.

Susi Moffitt
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2 months ago

He got HUGE! Maine Coon?

Johanne Trudeau
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2 months ago

Beautiful Maine Coon Cat....

Wilma Sliwiak
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2 months ago

Grew into a beauty💕

Id row
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1 month ago

That kitty is magnificent. What a beauty.

Dino Wecke
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2 months ago

😎👌🏼

M.A.D.
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2 months ago

Be careful how you hold The Prince of Darkness and Eternal Suffering.

Heidrance
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2 months ago

it's possible that's actually a were-cat....

Laura Crawley
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2 months ago

who knew it really was a bear

Stanley Yayo
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2 months ago

It grew rapidly and finely too.

backatya
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2 months ago

lol

Faith Nicole
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh dam.. that's a big gorgeous floof! But you could tell kitten was gonna be a bigger kitty, look at the size of his little /big feets in the kitten pic 🥰

sharron lynn parsons
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2 months ago

Oh my, a startled baby to ? is it a Panther ? congratulations on your baby, rescued love !!!

Drew Sauveur
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2 months ago

Jesus......wow

Carol McMillion
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2 months ago

See what love can truly do!

Joni McMillan
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2 months ago

Vive le difference! He’s gorgeous!

Luna
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2 months ago

So cute!!!!!!!!

Claire Todd
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2 months ago

Holy Toledo !! I'm surprised she can still lift that cat up. LOL So handsome.

Janet Brown
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2 months ago

He is huge! Beautiful kitty!

Lois Arrowood
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2 months ago

Wow. He is a BIG kitty now.

Joanne Hudson
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2 months ago

"Bored Kitty"

Heather Resendiz
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2 months ago

Wow he is gorgeous! Like the Brad Pitt of kitties.

Donald Sikes
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2 months ago

I am not happy. Put me down.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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2 months ago

Look at that magnificent ruff! Maine Coons are such incredibly beautiful creatures.

Helen Haley
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2 months ago

This cat will eat your dog, then your soul.

Barn Owl Hedwig
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2 months ago

That cat is so tall now!!!!!!!!!!

Kay Maxey
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2 months ago

Must be a Maine Coon!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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2 months ago

Rescued a Maine Coon? Or a black lion?

MoodyBlue
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2 months ago

The first tiny all-black furball is so very adorable (ofc all cats are).

Teresa Groth
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2 months ago

Gorgeous

Jacquelyn Baker
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2 months ago

Freaked out to total attitude. Typical cat. Haha

Kylie Stovall
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2 months ago

da first 1 is like fear meh im bat man the 2nd is like sigh i give up

Caroline Driver
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2 months ago

Is he part Maine Coon? He's huge

Mare Freed
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2 months ago

Magnificent beast!

Jaime Quirk- Palecek
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2 months ago

What did you feed that cat??

Katherine Lake
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2 months ago

Both pictures look like my fur baby, Lady Jane Fluffybutt. She'll be 5 next month.

CV
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2 months ago

Charmander to Charizard ....

Lee23
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2 months ago

OMGosh So big!

Donna Lawrence
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2 months ago

Little kitty . Beautiful. Support his. weight I was told.

Bobby Mcgee Crowder
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2 months ago

He is magnificent!

Belinda Crum
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2 months ago

That is one beautiful cat

Annie
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2 months ago

Beautiful. What a difference a year makes!

Claudia Lorenz
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2 months ago

Spectacular!

Teresa Spanics
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2 months ago

BIG KITTY!

Anna D
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2 months ago

Wonderfully beautiful.

Isabella
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2 months ago

Is that a cat, what is that????

RayneBeau Montgomery
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2 months ago

OMgoodness.. what do you feed him?

Linda D'Adamo
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2 months ago

That’s a Main Coon!

Tiffany Marie
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2 months ago

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Maya Hicks
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2 months ago

awwwww 😍 such a cute lil baby

Coffey Murphy
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2 months ago

Perloin/perugly

M Adams
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2 months ago

Less enthusiasm from the cat in the second pic

Linda HS
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2 months ago

Face. Not. Impressed 😃

Karen Dyer
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2 months ago

Kitty: I'm not impressed

Spring Fisk
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2 months ago

The first ones like "what's happening" the second "I am the king of all I survey."

AutumntheLeaf/RainWing
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2 months ago

That is not safe.

OS
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2 months ago

Shouldn't hold a cat that way!

Sarah
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2 months ago

He's gone from looking terrified to looking resigned: "Sigh. I guess it's worth it."

Full Name
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2 months ago

Left looks like a little muppet. Those eyes!

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#5

This Is Leo And We’ve Been Besties Since 2012. He Was Born Under My Stairs, And I Rescued Him. We Love Each Other Very Much

This Is Leo And We’ve Been Besties Since 2012. He Was Born Under My Stairs, And I Rescued Him. We Love Each Other Very Much

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Gina
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2 months ago

Not much better than a hot guy and a cat

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#6

My Sweet Boy Keller. I Would Die For Him

My Sweet Boy Keller. I Would Die For Him

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Magpie
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2 months ago

Live for him!

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Louise said that “we’re working hard not only to change the perception of pets in rescue” but also to help people who can’t cope with their pet. “We seek to take the 'shame' away from people who are struggling to cope with their pet and decide to rehome or their circumstances change.” As a result, the adoption assistance team at Blue Cross never judges anyone.

But the pet adoption expert warns that it’s important to get the whole family on board when it comes to adopting an animal. “Make sure everyone in a family wants a pet and understands their responsibilities, the time needed, and financial commitment before getting a pet.” Even if taking in a pet will surely have an effect on your lifestyle, it really pays off seeing your kitty happy.

#7

Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch. 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. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

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Capermom
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2 months ago

I love that milk mustache..!

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#8

One Year Ago When I Rescued Her And Now, Showing Gratitude

One Year Ago When I Rescued Her And Now, Showing Gratitude

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K.
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2 months ago (edited)

She was so tiny.l and malnourished. I hope you guys have a long friendship

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#9

8 Years Ago For My Birthday I Adopted A Blind Kitten From A Struggling Rescue On Craigslist

8 Years Ago For My Birthday I Adopted A Blind Kitten From A Struggling Rescue On Craigslist

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Capermom
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2 months ago

What a cute chunker he's become..!

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#10

Little Man Rescue Almost One Year Ago And Today

Little Man Rescue Almost One Year Ago And Today

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Colin L
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2 months ago

Beautiful transformation. Thank you.

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#11

My Dad Found This Cutie Alongside The Road While Working. I'd Like To Say He Lives A Spoiled Life. October Vs. Now

My Dad Found This Cutie Alongside The Road While Working. I'd Like To Say He Lives A Spoiled Life. October Vs. Now

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Full Name
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2 months ago

So proud now!

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#12

My Little Rescue Kitten Isn’t So Little Anymore

My Little Rescue Kitten Isn’t So Little Anymore

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Colin L
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2 months ago

The before and after smiles are just as wonderful as the before and after kitty.

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#13

Took A Stray Mother Cat And Her Kittens Home. A Month After, She Has No More Mange Problem And I Have 3 Fat Kittens Too

Took A Stray Mother Cat And Her Kittens Home. A Month After, She Has No More Mange Problem And I Have 3 Fat Kittens Too

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Nice. :-)

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#14

This Is 1.5 Years Old Pelle. I Became His Momma When His Cat Momma Didn't Want To Take Care Of Him

This Is 1.5 Years Old Pelle. I Became His Momma When His Cat Momma Didn't Want To Take Care Of Him

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Ripley
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2 months ago

He is so beautiful.

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#15

I Found Chelvin Very Sick And Malnourished Just Outside My Neighborhood. He Was Only A Few Weeks Old. Three Weeks Of Love And Care Went A Long Way

I Found Chelvin Very Sick And Malnourished Just Outside My Neighborhood. He Was Only A Few Weeks Old. Three Weeks Of Love And Care Went A Long Way

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Colin L
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2 months ago (edited)

Such wonderful progress. You can see this kitty getting hopeful and curious in this series.

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#16

From A Scared And Starving Kitten Found Under My Boyfriend’s House, To A Fat And Curious Little Hell Raiser 6 Months Later

From A Scared And Starving Kitten Found Under My Boyfriend’s House, To A Fat And Curious Little Hell Raiser 6 Months Later

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Capermom
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2 months ago

What a cutie..!

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#17

Pugsley The Rescue Cat Before And After. It's Amazing What A Little Love And Some Strong Antibiotics Can Do

Pugsley The Rescue Cat Before And After. It's Amazing What A Little Love And Some Strong Antibiotics Can Do

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Samantha Bing
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2 months ago

He's so proud of his bow tie!

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#18

Cat Foster Family Said "Don't You Want To Adopt These Two? They'd Be So Happy Together." They Were So Right

Cat Foster Family Said "Don't You Want To Adopt These Two? They'd Be So Happy Together." They Were So Right

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Full Name
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2 months ago

Whenever possible, give them a pal to play with. It has to be better for their mental health to grow up with another of their species.

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#19

Just Got This Before Pic From The Shelter. From A Stray In Thailand To The Queen Of Our Apartment, Meet Connie

Just Got This Before Pic From The Shelter. From A Stray In Thailand To The Queen Of Our Apartment, Meet Connie

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Ryukei Panda
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2 months ago

So nice you could save her eye!

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#20

He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life

He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life

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Random Panda
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2 months ago

Cutest little gremlin I ever did see

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#21

My 96g Hand Rear Boy Made It! He's Now 2kg And Almost 4 Months Old. He And His Rescue Sister Have Given My Life Meaning

My 96g Hand Rear Boy Made It! He's Now 2kg And Almost 4 Months Old. He And His Rescue Sister Have Given My Life Meaning

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2 months ago

Sometimes the best way to feel love is to give love.

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#22

Meet Frankie! Adopted Him From The Shelter Six Weeks Ago. Now I Know Why Parents Say "They Grow Up So Fast!"

Meet Frankie! Adopted Him From The Shelter Six Weeks Ago. Now I Know Why Parents Say "They Grow Up So Fast!"

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Capermom
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2 months ago

Two handsome guys..! :-)

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#23

Fenek - Six Months Ago And Today

Fenek - Six Months Ago And Today

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Colin L
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2 months ago

Lovely and loved orange creamsicle kitty!

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#24

The Guy From A Bus Stop Who Ate All Of Our Food

The Guy From A Bus Stop Who Ate All Of Our Food

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Bengü Taşkesen
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2 months ago

So the marking were all dirt and he was a snowball underneath ❤

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#25

In The 1st Pic Is My Boyfriend's Cat When He Found Her In The Rain Meowing Alone, 2nd Is A Few Days After He Cleaned And Fed Her, And 3rd Is Her Today, Six Months After He Found Her

In The 1st Pic Is My Boyfriend's Cat When He Found Her In The Rain Meowing Alone, 2nd Is A Few Days After He Cleaned And Fed Her, And 3rd Is Her Today, Six Months After He Found Her

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2 months ago

That face in #2 will let it get away with murder.

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#26

Here’s Mine

Here’s Mine

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Lilli Stanard
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2 months ago

awww she or he hasn't changed a bit!

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#27

Our Rescue Tiara - She Went Through 3 Foster Homes Before Coming Home And Never Leaving My Side Again

Our Rescue Tiara - She Went Through 3 Foster Homes Before Coming Home And Never Leaving My Side Again

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2 months ago

Forever homes are the best homes.

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#28

From Being Found Frozen Into The Side Of The Highway, To Losing Part Of Her Tail From The Trauma, To Gorgeous Girl Living The Best Life. She's Brought So Much Love Into Our Lives

From Being Found Frozen Into The Side Of The Highway, To Losing Part Of Her Tail From The Trauma, To Gorgeous Girl Living The Best Life. She's Brought So Much Love Into Our Lives

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Magpie
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2 months ago

Thank you for saving her. And she looks so good now.

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#29

I Adopted A Stray Cat 3 Months Ago. She Was Very Weak And Couldn’t Stand On Her Own Legs. But She Was Truly A Fighter. Meet Katie

I Adopted A Stray Cat 3 Months Ago. She Was Very Weak And Couldn’t Stand On Her Own Legs. But She Was Truly A Fighter. Meet Katie

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

The first picture is heartbreaking...

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#30

Peter The Cat On The Day My Daughter Rescued It From A Ditch, And Four Years Later

Peter The Cat On The Day My Daughter Rescued It From A Ditch, And Four Years Later

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Samantha Bing
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2 months ago

What have you been feeding him?!

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#31

Three Months & Two Lbs Later

Three Months & Two Lbs Later

He was given up by his previous owners and spent 4+ months malnourished, matted, and uncared for in a shelter, even though he's the sweetest and most gentle cat I've met. I'm grateful for every day that I get to spoil this kitty.

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Full Name
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2 months ago (edited)

What kind of shelter was that?!

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#32

Exactly One Year When I Rescued Him. He Had A Lot Of Medical Problems And Almost Didn't Survive When He Had FCV. He Is Now A Healthy Whiny Lil Baby With A Small Head

Exactly One Year When I Rescued Him. He Had A Lot Of Medical Problems And Almost Didn't Survive When He Had FCV. He Is Now A Healthy Whiny Lil Baby With A Small Head

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Magpie
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2 months ago

He looks so healthy and happy now.

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#33

Rah And Luna, From "Dumpster Kitties To Laying Pretty"

Rah And Luna, From "Dumpster Kitties To Laying Pretty"

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Colin L
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2 months ago

A lovely pair!

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#34

Mako And Bolin (Censored For Gross Eye Stuff)

Mako And Bolin (Censored For Gross Eye Stuff)

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Katinka Min
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2 months ago

Glitch in the matrix

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#35

My Wickett, First At 3 Weeks Old When He Came In As A Foster, Then 12 Weeks After I Adopted, Then His First Birthday And Today

My Wickett, First At 3 Weeks Old When He Came In As A Foster, Then 12 Weeks After I Adopted, Then His First Birthday And Today

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Mishte Tine
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2 months ago

Snowshoe, maybe? I love snowshoes. Thank you.

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