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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1 year 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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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

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too

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Marta Kisiel-Małecka
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1 year ago

Once a goblin, always a goblin. Love it.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing shows love like a nom.

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 year ago

What a huge difference!

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonderful...

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
1 year ago

her eyes are beutiful

Heather Dennis
Community Member
1 year ago

So glad you saw the potential and saved her life

Ronnie DeWitt
Community Member
1 year ago

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

bert
Community Member
1 year ago

good for u

Gale Vester
Community Member
1 year ago

The only thing remaining the same is the cat’s nose! Oh, okay, the fangs, too! Even though we don’t see them in the ‘Before’ pic, we know they’re there! (And what a beautiful cat the scruffy kitten became!)

Elaine Tan
Community Member
1 year ago

Love heals ❤💜💙!!

Susi Moffitt
Community Member
1 year ago

So cute, even as a tiny!

Donna Lawrence
Community Member
1 year ago

Too cute! Looks so affectionate!

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
1 year ago

AWW 😻

Anna D
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1 year ago

glorcomp
Community Member
1 year ago

So precious!!!

Susan Stevenson Pearl
Community Member
1 year ago

That Catitude for ya! Love 💕 it!

Mimi M
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing better than a cat love-bite/gnaw.

catslave6
Community Member
1 year ago

Her baby picture is funny. NOT a happy kitten. Now has a person to bite. Much better!

Claudia KittyDisco
Community Member
1 year ago

sweeeeet

marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

That face!

ISpiltLipstickInYourValentinoBag
Community Member
1 year ago

she showing gratitude by noming on your fingers

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah! A love-bite! 🥰 She really love you back!

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

you just taste really really good

ArianaTheDragonLover_157
Community Member
1 year ago

i love how cross eyed she looks. So adorable!

Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
1 year ago

in the first picture she looks so pissed

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

She is quite pretty, thanks for adopting !!!

Martha Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish you many happy, healthy years together.

Becky Rademacher
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing.

Joni McMillan
Community Member
1 year ago

😄💕💕💕💕

Claire Todd
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it's a 'love' bite, right?

Janet Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Goodness, what a difference!

Peggy Plummer-Menapace
Community Member
1 year ago

What a transformation! Precious!

Kay Maxey
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha, now she bites the hand that feeds her! Mine gives “love bites” too!

LlamuLuva13
Community Member
1 year ago

she is so cutee

Daisy Huber
Community Member
1 year ago

SHE'S SO BEAUTIFUL

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

She now has spunk!!!

Jaime Quirk- Palecek
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

cute to beauty

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

what an amazing improvement.

Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha!

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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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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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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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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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