It’s the beginning of yet another month and you know perfectly well what that means! We at Bored Panda have wrapped up a new collection of the most heartwarming photos of rescue pets floating online to share with you all. After all, around 6.3 million animals enter shelters any given year in the US alone. And while approximately 4.1 million get taken in, every single one of our four-legged companions deserves a chance at a loving home.

So let’s kick off the summer on the right foot by taking a moment to applaud the heroes who opened up their hearts and provided these goofballs with comfy beds, nutritious meals, and loving families. Luckily for us, the rescuers didn’t waste a second sharing pictures of their newly adopted adorable kittens, fluffy puppies, or other neglected souls celebrating their new forever home.

So continue scrolling to enjoy the images and upvote the ones that made you smile the widest! After you’re done, there are a lot more soul-soothing pics to catch up with, so be sure to check out our earlier pieces on this feature: April, March, and February.

#1

My Husband And I Adopt Old Dogs And Make Their Golden Years Great. This Is My Latest Buddy Almond And He’s An Old Man (11)

My Husband And I Adopt Old Dogs And Make Their Golden Years Great. This Is My Latest Buddy Almond And He’s An Old Man (11)

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TeaAndWhimsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Good on you!! My Mum used to do this, she lived near a river/sea estuary and had a lovely shady not too long walk from her orchard home to the sea - one dog Miranda (an alsation/mutt something) was 12 already but lived another 5 years! Great pals, and something i want to do too when i retire!

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My Turkey Has Been Trying For 3 Years To Have Babies. None Of Her Eggs Are Fertile. She Adopted Some Unwanted Eggs From My Chicken Hen And They Are Hatching. Happy New Mama!!!

My Turkey Has Been Trying For 3 Years To Have Babies. None Of Her Eggs Are Fertile. She Adopted Some Unwanted Eggs From My Chicken Hen And They Are Hatching. Happy New Mama!!!

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Lord Hamad
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2 months ago

Yasssssssss

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To learn more about pet adoption and the key factors people should consider before welcoming a dog or cat into their home, we reached out to Clare Hemington, a cat behaviorist and owner of Honeysuckle Cat Toys which has twice been voted as Best Cat Toy in the UK. When it comes to rescuing an animal, she explained that you should do everything in your power to avoid saying, "If only I had known that before I went ahead."

"Many of the potential pitfalls that come with pet ownership can be avoided by preparation," she told Bored Panda. "So, if you think you might be interested in pet adoption, it’s important to do research to ensure you will be a suitable owner and choose the pet that’s right for you."

According to Sally Chamberlain, a UK-based clinical animal behaviorist, founder of Karma Paws Pet Care, and author of Power Of The Purr, time and money are often the biggest issues someone might have when taking this big step. "A lot of commitment is required when adopting an animal because they will need you to spend a lot of time with them, especially at first, when they are getting used to you and their new living environment," she told us.

#3

Malcolm, Our Longest-Tenured Resident At The Shelter, Officially Got Adopted By His Foster Family

Malcolm, Our Longest-Tenured Resident At The Shelter, Officially Got Adopted By His Foster Family

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Squirrel Girl
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2 months ago

He looks so happy!! :D

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#4

First 2 Pics Are When He Was Brought Into Perth Rescue Angles Cold, Wet, Scared And Starving About A Year Ago. 3rd Was His Adoption Profile Photo. Brought Him Home Just Over A Month Ago. His Name Is Daryl And I Would Fling Myself Into The Sun For Him

First 2 Pics Are When He Was Brought Into Perth Rescue Angles Cold, Wet, Scared And Starving About A Year Ago. 3rd Was His Adoption Profile Photo. Brought Him Home Just Over A Month Ago. His Name Is Daryl And I Would Fling Myself Into The Sun For Him

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Artsy Bookworm
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2 months ago

So majestic!!

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#5

This Is Cooper, My New Puss, Recently Adopted From The Rspca. He Knows He Looks Good!

This Is Cooper, My New Puss, Recently Adopted From The Rspca. He Knows He Looks Good!

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That sarcastic asshole
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2 months ago

🌟A dainty little gentleman🌟

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"Money is also another major consideration," Chamberlain added. "Along with veterinary bills comes the cost of food, toys, beds and other resources and enrichment items that an animal will need. Pet insurance will be another expense, and hiring a pet sitter or other pet care option when you go on holiday."

Of course, you should also be mindful of the species you want to take on so you can meet their needs and understand whether your home is suitable for them to stay happy and healthy. "For instance, do [you] have enough space for a lively dog, including a garden for them to play in and go to the toilet?" Another thing that you should take into account (and a very important one!) is that a lot of patience will be required. "It can take a long time to build a bond with an animal, especially if they have come from a difficult situation and find it hard to trust humans," Chamberlain added.

#6

Happy Naps! My Rescue Kitten Grace Is Always So Smiley!

Happy Naps! My Rescue Kitten Grace Is Always So Smiley!

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Ansi
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2 months ago

That cat needs a Instagram account.

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#7

My Autistic Son Showing His Cat-Toy Collection Off To His Newly Adopted Shelter Kitty

My Autistic Son Showing His Cat-Toy Collection Off To His Newly Adopted Shelter Kitty

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Edda Kamphues
Community Member
2 months ago

Animals do wonders for children with ASD.

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#8

They Told Us It Might Be Cancer, We Adopted Her Anyways. Turns Out She Was Just Stressed Out!

They Told Us It Might Be Cancer, We Adopted Her Anyways. Turns Out She Was Just Stressed Out!

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Antisocial potato 🥔
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2 months ago

I hope she's doing much better!❤️

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After all, the feeling of adopting a four-legged companion and providing a 'furever' home to them is extremely rewarding, but this decision should not be taken lightly. "Pets can bring so much joy over many years, but it’s also important to remember that pet ownership can involve not-so-joyful chores such as cleaning out litter trays, picking up dog poop and braving all weathers to take your dog for a walk," Hemington noted.

It’s no secret that preparing to take on a new companion is far from an easy task. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the worries coming into your head, Chamberlain suggested making a checklist about what you can offer the rescued animal. "If you live in a small apartment with no outdoor space, then it may not be ideal to adopt an energetic young dog but an older cat that is used to an indoor lifestyle might be comfortable living in that kind of environment," she explained how you should think about your home and your lifestyle.

#9

I Adopted This Little Guy Over The Weekend, But He’s So Sweet And Affectionate That I Feel Like He Adopted Me

I Adopted This Little Guy Over The Weekend, But He’s So Sweet And Affectionate That I Feel Like He Adopted Me

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The Blue Spirit
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2 months ago

Red hair obsessed with Mugles this cat must be a Weasley

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#10

My Cat Adopted This Kitten, She Dragged Him By The Neck Into The House.

My Cat Adopted This Kitten, She Dragged Him By The Neck Into The House.

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Gina Babe
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2 months ago

Kidnapped/adopted lol

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#11

Our Rescue Pittie. The Happiest Boy Ever

Our Rescue Pittie. The Happiest Boy Ever

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

The headline nails it. Really looks like the happiest boy ever. ❤️

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So when it comes to caring for our furry friends, the responsibilities go way beyond filling up the bowls with water and food. After all, animal welfare always needs to come first, Chamberlain argued. "Animals can become ill and need medical care, and they also have constant needs that have to be met on a regular basis, such as a reliable routine, food, water, flea and worm treatments, grooming, a safe place to sleep and enrichment such as play and going for a walk, amongst many other things." Even when you check every box on the list, you should think about the emotional factor as well. "Not many animals will outlive us, and we have to be prepared to make difficult decisions towards the end of their lives," the clinical animal behaviorist said.

#12

My Friend Found A Crow Stuck In Some Cables At High Neighbor's House And Decided To Adopt It. Gave It A Chance To Leave As Well, But It Decided To Stay. Still Looking For A Name Though

My Friend Found A Crow Stuck In Some Cables At High Neighbor's House And Decided To Adopt It. Gave It A Chance To Leave As Well, But It Decided To Stay. Still Looking For A Name Though

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

Edgar Allen Crow!

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#13

This Is What Happens When You Adopt A Dog From IKEA

This Is What Happens When You Adopt A Dog From IKEA

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

Some assembling required... I think you need to visit costumer service for extra bits or something?

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#14

Meet Smurfie,just Adopted 12 Yr Old Ex Stud Cat Living His Best Life Now...

Meet Smurfie,just Adopted 12 Yr Old Ex Stud Cat Living His Best Life Now...

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

I love a cat with personality, but, to be fair, "adorable" isn't exactly the first adjective that comes to my mind in describing the facial expression. He looks more like the Brain from Pinky and the Brain. I would definitely adopt him for the grumpiness, would fit well with me.

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The temptation to adopt a pet the second you step foot in the shelter can go through the roof, but it’s crucial to think deeply about the expectations you have for this relationship before making any long-lasting decisions. Hemington told us that, unfortunately, rescue pets don’t always come with background information about their upbringing and how they react in different situations, so they might not meet your criteria.

"If you are acquiring a pet from a rescue center, be sure to find out as much as possible, including the reasons for them being relinquished. This is especially important if you have young children," the cat behaviorist said. Plus, Chamberlain added that reputable charities will also carry out an interview with potential adopters to ensure they can offer a suitable home and are ready for the commitment.

#15

Not One Adoption App For This Perfect Girl

Not One Adoption App For This Perfect Girl

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

KITTY !!!!!

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#16

Just Found These Weapons On A Rescue Page Near Me

Just Found These Weapons On A Rescue Page Near Me

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Edda Kamphues
Community Member
2 months ago

Must never let go and kick with tiny feets.

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#17

Our Little (One Eyed) Rescue Cat, Rosie!

Our Little (One Eyed) Rescue Cat, Rosie!

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Official Cat
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2 months ago

That eye is so big! it accounts for two.

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However, she would strongly advise against looking on social media or unknown websites to adopt an animal. "There is a high risk of that animal either being very ill or having serious behavioral problems, whether or not it is 'free to a good home' or the seller is asking for money. If they do have problems, there will be no support network and the seller will no doubt have disappeared and no longer be contactable once the unwitting adopter finds out why the pet was no longer wanted."

#18

Went To The Shelter Yesterday To Adopt A Dog- Got Hexed And Came Home With This Cutie Pie Instead

Went To The Shelter Yesterday To Adopt A Dog- Got Hexed And Came Home With This Cutie Pie Instead

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

gorgeous gatto!

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#19

Update: Ollie Got Adopted!!! 💙

Update: Ollie Got Adopted!!! 💙

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Antisocial potato 🥔
Community Member
2 months ago

Yesssss.... Ollie's a gorgeous doggie

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#20

8 Month Old I Adopted Today. Her Name Is Noodle

8 Month Old I Adopted Today. Her Name Is Noodle

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TheNewJenBrady
Community Member
2 months ago

She's so pretty! 😍😍😍

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Hemington stressed that the most important thing is to understand the species-specific needs of your rescue pet. "Although we might think of our pets as babies in furry coats, they are very different to us humans!" She noted that another consideration is whether you already have a pet at home. "This could be a particular issue for cats who by nature are territorial and might not want to share their territory with a newcomer!"

But also, let’s not forget about the golden oldie pets, Hemington said. "They still have so much to offer, and you won’t have to worry about them ruining your soft furnishings or presenting you with live, or half-eaten wildlife. They are usually just looking for a warm bed and a safe haven in which they can live out the rest of their days."

#21

The Best Part About Adopting An Animal Is Never Having Personal Space Again

The Best Part About Adopting An Animal Is Never Having Personal Space Again

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

❓️Personal space, what is that ❓️ says every kitty everywere. 😄

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#22

Just Adopted This Kitty’s Mama But This Yeller Caught My Attention!!

Just Adopted This Kitty’s Mama But This Yeller Caught My Attention!!

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That sarcastic asshole
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2 months ago

This kitty is saying yes!!! Upvote if you can hear him too!

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#23

Yesterday I Adopted A Used Sic, 2017 Model, Chunky™ Edition. His Name Is Tj (Short For Trader Joe). Great Mileage And The Meow Motor Works Purrfectly.

Yesterday I Adopted A Used Sic, 2017 Model, Chunky™ Edition. His Name Is Tj (Short For Trader Joe). Great Mileage And The Meow Motor Works Purrfectly.

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Official Cat
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2 months ago

The title, lol.

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Rescue pets are these little creatures that have been through a lot, so once you provide them a new loving home, their fate is in your hands. "As a general rule, it can take around three weeks for a new cat or dog to feel safe in their new home and around another three months or so for their true character to shine through as they begin to feel more comfortable," Chamberlain explained. "It can take a long time but once they are settled in and learn that they can trust you, a rescue animal can make an amazing companion, even if they’ve had a rough start in life," she concluded.

#24

After 19 Foster Dogs, We Finally Failed To Say Goodbye To One. Happy Adoption Day, Gus!

After 19 Foster Dogs, We Finally Failed To Say Goodbye To One. Happy Adoption Day, Gus!

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Sonja
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2 months ago

Gus seems he'd been through a lot..hope only better days are ahead

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#25

My Husband Found These Cuties At The Warehouse And Brought Them Home, We're Adopting All 3 Of Them And Making Them Become Part Of Our Big, Happy Family!

My Husband Found These Cuties At The Warehouse And Brought Them Home, We're Adopting All 3 Of Them And Making Them Become Part Of Our Big, Happy Family!

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Thee8thsense
Community Member
2 months ago

A beautiful, frisky, fuzzy feline family.

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#26

Adopted A New Little Baby Hippo Yesterday!

Adopted A New Little Baby Hippo Yesterday!

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Debra McGeorge
Community Member
2 months ago

Your new baby is the poster child for why Pitties are the sweetest dogs. Congratulations!

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#27

Photo I Found From The Day I Adopted My Puppy

Photo I Found From The Day I Adopted My Puppy

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

Cuteness overload.

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#28

We Adopted This Little Dude On 5/11. The Shelter Staff Told Us He Was Super Anxious. Turns Out He Just Needed A Stable Home… Meet Butternut.

We Adopted This Little Dude On 5/11. The Shelter Staff Told Us He Was Super Anxious. Turns Out He Just Needed A Stable Home… Meet Butternut.

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Lorraine Woollands
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2 months ago

I love the name

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#29

She Took About 9 Months Of Convicing, But I Think This "Annoying Stray Cat" Aka Beauty Has Finally Adopted Me As Her Human ❤ Neighbours Called Her Ugly And Always Chased Her Off, Now She's Got A Safe Home

She Took About 9 Months Of Convicing, But I Think This "Annoying Stray Cat" Aka Beauty Has Finally Adopted Me As Her Human ❤ Neighbours Called Her Ugly And Always Chased Her Off, Now She's Got A Safe Home

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Tenacious Squirrel
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2 months ago

People who call animals ugly, are ugly themselves inside.

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#30

Raisin Had Her First Vet Appointment. She Was Dewormed. Will Go Back In 2 Weeks For Shots To Get Ready For Adoption!

Raisin Had Her First Vet Appointment. She Was Dewormed. Will Go Back In 2 Weeks For Shots To Get Ready For Adoption!

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Elvira Dirge
Community Member
2 months ago

My heart...

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#31

Called In Sick To Work. Took My Newly Adopted Dog To The Beach On A Beautiful Spring Day

Called In Sick To Work. Took My Newly Adopted Dog To The Beach On A Beautiful Spring Day

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes there’s such an irresponsible and overwhelmingly GOOD reason to play hooky!

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#32

German Shepherd Corgi Mix That I Rescued Because No One Wanted Her. Her Name Is Shorto. 🥺😭

German Shepherd Corgi Mix That I Rescued Because No One Wanted Her. Her Name Is Shorto. 🥺😭

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Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
2 months ago

How could anyone not fall in love🥺such a cutie

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#33

Geriatric Rescue Hippo Blue Having A Little Rest After A Very Short Wobble Using His Butt Harness Thing (We Know It As The Brazilian)

Geriatric Rescue Hippo Blue Having A Little Rest After A Very Short Wobble Using His Butt Harness Thing (We Know It As The Brazilian)

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Dukes Miller
Community Member
2 months ago

Bless you...

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#34

His Name Is George, My Mom Rescued From The Bushes Beside The Bank.

His Name Is George, My Mom Rescued From The Bushes Beside The Bank.

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Carol Emory
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2 months ago (edited)

And what's the cats name?

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#35

Rescue #4 Katie. The Sweetest Most Mellow Girl. A Family Who Were Moving Didn’t Want Her Anymore And We Got The Call.

Rescue #4 Katie. The Sweetest Most Mellow Girl. A Family Who Were Moving Didn’t Want Her Anymore And We Got The Call.

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Jill Bussey
Community Member
2 months ago

I know there may be extenuating circumstances, but I would never give up a pet because I was moving.

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#36

My Wife And I Officially Adopted These Two Today . After Taking Care Of Them For The Better Part Of 3 Years Our Landlord Decided To Give Them To Us . Our Hearts Are Filled With Joy At Knowing We Will Never Have To Separate Again !

My Wife And I Officially Adopted These Two Today . After Taking Care Of Them For The Better Part Of 3 Years Our Landlord Decided To Give Them To Us . Our Hearts Are Filled With Joy At Knowing We Will Never Have To Separate Again !

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

TBH, they were already yours for threes years. Your landlord just made it official.

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#37

Happy Rescue From Romania

Happy Rescue From Romania

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww, just look at that smile!

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#38

Rescued This Little Boy From The Shelter, He Will Never Have Another Hard Day For The Rest Of His Life

Rescued This Little Boy From The Shelter, He Will Never Have Another Hard Day For The Rest Of His Life

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Elin Cathrine Aasen
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2 months ago

Love that comment.

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#39

Black Hole Sun, Won't You Come... Absolutely In Love With This Sweet Void We Adopted Last Week

Black Hole Sun, Won't You Come... Absolutely In Love With This Sweet Void We Adopted Last Week

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Official Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

That hanging sun is amazing. Was it designed for the cat to sit on it?

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#40

Just Adopted This Guy, Meet Barry.

Just Adopted This Guy, Meet Barry.

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Ann Pattinson
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2 months ago (edited)

Barry your beautiful and I love the painting you did.

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#41

Dobby (Smol Boi) & Kreacher - Rarely Every Apart. My Foster Fails As I Couldn’t Guarantee An Adoption Together And Tbf, They Had Already Made Me Their Bonded Third!

Dobby (Smol Boi) & Kreacher - Rarely Every Apart. My Foster Fails As I Couldn’t Guarantee An Adoption Together And Tbf, They Had Already Made Me Their Bonded Third!

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Tenacious Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe it’s much harder trying to find a home for two animals together. Awesome that these guys found their home!

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#42

Meet Jiji! My Freshly Adopted 10 Year Old Void

Meet Jiji! My Freshly Adopted 10 Year Old Void

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TheNewJenBrady
Community Member
2 months ago

I adopted my 10 year old black kitty a couple of years ago and named her JiJi! 🖤🖤🖤

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#43

The GF And I Adopted Our Very Own Little Twin Voids 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛ Soup(L) And Sandwich(R)

The GF And I Adopted Our Very Own Little Twin Voids 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛ Soup(L) And Sandwich(R)

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Sonja
Community Member
2 months ago

But you'll always feel hungry when you call on them..

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#44

Went To Adopt One Kitten And Came Home With Two Baby Voids! They’re Siblings And I Didn’t Want To Split Them Up

Went To Adopt One Kitten And Came Home With Two Baby Voids! They’re Siblings And I Didn’t Want To Split Them Up

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Official Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

This happened to me too.

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#45

Day 10 Since I Adopter Her. Can’t Imagine A Life Without Her Anymore

Day 10 Since I Adopter Her. Can’t Imagine A Life Without Her Anymore

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Thee8thsense
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2 months ago

That's what she said about you!

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#46

Rescued Her 2 Weeks Ago And Her Favorite Thing To Do Is Yell At Us

Rescued Her 2 Weeks Ago And Her Favorite Thing To Do Is Yell At Us

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Squirrel Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

"wake up hooman! it's already 3 A.M!!!"

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#47

Local Vet Rescued This Little One, Hand Reared Him For 5 Weeks And He’s Too Tame To Release. Soooo He’s Moved In With Me :) Meet Ronnie

Local Vet Rescued This Little One, Hand Reared Him For 5 Weeks And He’s Too Tame To Release. Soooo He’s Moved In With Me :) Meet Ronnie

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CatGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Nawwww Ronnie Rabbit

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#48

I'm Going To Adopt This Lil Guy Tomorrow. Name Suggestions? :d He Is The Sole Survivor Of The Litter

I'm Going To Adopt This Lil Guy Tomorrow. Name Suggestions? :d He Is The Sole Survivor Of The Litter

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

It might be a little long name but: Boop-on-the-tummy-I-am-the-cutest-little-grey-kitten. Too long? 😉

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#49

I Adopted Two Kittens During Quarantine, And They Immediately Became Attached To My Elderly Boy

I Adopted Two Kittens During Quarantine, And They Immediately Became Attached To My Elderly Boy

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Edda Kamphues
Community Member
2 months ago

It is such a myth that cats must be loners.

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#50

My Kittens Mugshot From The Humane Society We Adopted Her From

My Kittens Mugshot From The Humane Society We Adopted Her From

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Ansi
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks like he would have done a jailbrake if they didn't adopt him first.

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