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!

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The Difference A Rescue Can Make

The Difference A Rescue Can Make

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fro_st puppy
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1 year ago

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

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
1 year ago

True

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Gina
Community Member
1 year ago

This breaks my heart but great ending.

Sarah
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Unrecognizable. Great job, Cat Guardian!

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

What a wonderful transformation!

Anna D
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! another example of what love & caring can do.

The lion tamer
Community Member
1 year ago

God bless you.

Genevieve Pacoe
Community Member
1 year ago

It's these things that restore my faith in humanity. the care and love that you give to cats like these can really make a difference in their lives- for the better.

bert
Community Member
1 year ago

good job thank you

L.j. Bus
Community Member
1 year ago

The fact so much animals are experiencing something like the first picture heartbreaking but the second is heartwarming so my tears are both good and sad but so much relief for this cutie 💜

Mishte Tine
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to thank every one of the parents in this series.

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my god, what a makeover

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

This is one very lucky cat.

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

There's zero chance I wouldn't have taken this one home.

Gina
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, is it even an option?

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LlamuLuva13
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1 year ago

WOW U R A LIFE SAVER

Heather Dennis
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing. This sweet cat would never have made it without you. Well done! And thanks for saving a precious life

Ronnie DeWitt
Community Member
1 year ago

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor baby. She looks wonderful now

Missy Wise
Community Member
1 year ago

The difference love can make!

Patricia Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

never be hungry again

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

What lifesavers these people are.

Elaine Tan
Community Member
1 year ago

The change is jaw dropping!! Such a gorgeous kitty🧡💜💛!!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor little baby!!! I'm glad you found your forever home...

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Geez louise...what a difference....shes beautiful.

Jaime Quirk- Palecek
Community Member
1 year ago

He wouldn’t recognize himself

Katherine Lake
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously a well-loved kitty!

Donna Lawrence
Community Member
1 year ago

What love can do! Ready to pose!

Caprice Percle
Community Member
1 year ago

What a difference love makes!

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh that poor baby. SO glad she/he found a good home.

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Merry Pedroza
Community Member
1 year ago

You are AMAZING, and he/she is TOO!!!

Elaine16
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG What a transformation and such a beautiful animal!!

DJ
Community Member
1 year ago

Unbeievable transformation! You are wonderful for adopting her!

Roxanne Kubala
Community Member
1 year ago

wow!!

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
1 year ago

AWW 😻

Missus Magoo
Community Member
1 year ago

These look like different cats, the markings don't match

Sly Cooper
Community Member
1 year ago

They do, if you look at the face and the leg, they have similar patterns. Also when growing up, the patterns can change quite a lot

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Luna
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1 year ago

Where did they rescue the cat from???

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Miracle workers.

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Just shows the beauty inside a cat. Poor baby.

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 year ago

What an absolutely huge difference that cat is gorgeous for was it ever lucky day find you to give him a forever-home Datsun is the only way to go there is so many that need adopting and given loving homes!

glorcomp
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! I wish there were more people like you guys!

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

what a beautiful cat!!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Lovely and serene.

Claudia KittyDisco
Community Member
1 year ago

wow!!! yay!

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the mismatched elbows.

Linda HS
Community Member
1 year ago

Bless you for carying!

Kirstin Wymore
Community Member
1 year ago

incredible transformation!

JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Turned out beautiful!

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Love is transformative.

Robin Childers
Community Member
10 months ago

You can just see the confidence change in this kitty. Sweet.

Christiane Pupuce
Community Member
10 months ago

magnifique petit miaou , merci à son sauveur

Kathy Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

It breaks my heart that he was ever like that.

M.A.D.
Community Member
1 year ago

Photos like this one should promote adopting animals from shelters.

David Lippman
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow....just Wow.

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

cleans up very nice!

Dave Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not the same cat...WOW! You guys deserve some super special karma for what you've done for this Regal kitty creature! That 1st picture tho, really makes me wanna cry, so sad.

Joyce Deering
Community Member
1 year ago

The difference is amazing! So glad people rescue!

I Liek To Cute
Community Member
1 year ago

It was always cute, just people couldent see that

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow.. they don't even look like the same cat. Bless your heart for showing this beauty some love, and medical treatment 🥰

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of my rescue. Emaciated & covered in crusted mange on head & shoulders. Two years later fluffy & strong as 3 men

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

An obvious life saved, a contented beauty !!!

Martha Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

What a dramatic transformation.

Laurissa
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so amazing to see. Shows what love can do.

Carol McMillion
Community Member
1 year ago

Is the cat in the bottom photo the same as the one on top?

Peggy Plummer-Menapace
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! Poor little thing. Thank the Lord that you rescued him/her!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 year ago

First picture makes my heart hurt. Second one makes it happy.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW!

Kay Maxey
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s hard to believe this is the same kitty! WOW

Samantha Jennings
Community Member
1 year ago

:O that's the same cat?? What a world of difference!!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 year ago

Love

Harold Houfek
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like my Gracie's cousin

M Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

Asymmetrical floof

Zoey Hicks
Community Member
1 year ago

in the before it looks like a dog all most

Susanne Wädow
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not the same cat? White paws and so on?

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

It's hard to distinguish any sort of marking in the first pic, what the fur colour is. Animals can change drastically with some TLC.

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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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1 year 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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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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Full Name
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Snowshoe, maybe? I love snowshoes. Thank you.

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