In the US, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter shelters every year (of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats). Some estimate that this number has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011.

To both celebrate the improvement and remind ourselves that we can still do better, we at Bored Panda are continuing our monthly series, showcasing the sweetest newly adopted pet pictures we can find.

Continue scrolling to meet the growing families, and for more feels, take a look at our earlier collections: September, August, July.

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We Adopted Luna Last Week And She Had Her First Grooming Appointment Today. I'm Not Sure We Got The Same Dog Back

We Adopted Luna Last Week And She Had Her First Grooming Appointment Today. I'm Not Sure We Got The Same Dog Back

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Owen Jarvis
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Second pic looks like she's celebrating one year sober

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Rescued This Older Gal Recently

Rescued This Older Gal Recently

This is Molli. She’s 13 and this is the first time she snuggled with me like this since I got her

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tara
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bet her ears are the softest!!!

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In 2020 and early 2021, the world saw record pet adoption rates, providing happy tales when they were needed the most. But now, in 2022, many of our shelters are swamped again.

“Shelters who haven't had to euthanize in 10 or 15 years are having to again,” said Tammy Dodson, a long-time rescue advocate who coordinates rescue transports out of Wise County, Virginia, moving dogs and cats north to rescues and adopters via the Animal Rescue Coalition.

#3

Not Only Is He Illegally Small, But This Is The First Brown Cat Our Rescue Has Ever Pulled Out Of Thousands! How Cool Is He?

Not Only Is He Illegally Small, But This Is The First Brown Cat Our Rescue Has Ever Pulled Out Of Thousands! How Cool Is He?

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#4

I Adopted The Shyest Cat At The Shelter And They Said He May Never Warm Up To Humans. We Are Doing Good

I Adopted The Shyest Cat At The Shelter And They Said He May Never Warm Up To Humans. We Are Doing Good

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BlackestDawn
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In many cases shy or even aggressive animals behave so due to the comparatively stressful environment of the shelter, and sometimes from past experiences and/or trauma. Once home and they get to know you and that environment most mellow out and can become really affectionate and loving. Unfortunately the reverse does exists though it's much rarer to my knowledge, and I believe in most cases it's due to the expectations of new owner.

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#5

Couldn't Decide Which To Adopt, So I Kept The Family Together & Adopted All 3

Couldn't Decide Which To Adopt, So I Kept The Family Together & Adopted All 3

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irishgoatgirl
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cuteness overload! It's lovely that they get to stay together

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It’s not that a higher percentage of pandemic adoptions are resulting in returns. For example, the return rates for dogs have remained around 10 percent.

But 10 percent of recent adoptees will result in a much higher total number than in the years prior

#6

I Heard A Kitten Crying Through An Open Window Last Night. I Think He's Glad To Be Rescued

I Heard A Kitten Crying Through An Open Window Last Night. I Think He's Glad To Be Rescued

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#7

Rescued This Little Guy From The Hood Of A Car A Few Days Ago

Rescued This Little Guy From The Hood Of A Car A Few Days Ago

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#8

My GF Recently Adopted Old Man Sampson(18) He’s Mostly Def And His Back Legs Are Getting Worse, But He Still Loves Sniffing Around And Going For Walkies

My GF Recently Adopted Old Man Sampson(18) He’s Mostly Def And His Back Legs Are Getting Worse, But He Still Loves Sniffing Around And Going For Walkies

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#9

I Volunteer At A Shelter And Had Managed To Refrain From Adopting A Dog For Years, But A Month Ago This Girl Instantly Obliterated My Resolve. Her Adoption Is Finalized Tomorrow

I Volunteer At A Shelter And Had Managed To Refrain From Adopting A Dog For Years, But A Month Ago This Girl Instantly Obliterated My Resolve. Her Adoption Is Finalized Tomorrow

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Dogs are being surrendered to shelters and rescues in record numbers. At Big Dog Ranch in Florida, they normally take in one owner surrender a day, but they’re currently taking about seven. It's a similar story at one shelter after another.

Some of these dogs are young purebreds purchased during the pandemic whose breed eccentricities or needs were too much for a new owner, but many are being given up because their owners can no longer afford them, or their work or housing situation has changed drastically.

#10

We Adopted Flower A Few Weeks Ago After First Fostering Because We "Weren't Ready For Another Dog". She Very Much Loves My Boyfriend And Also Sits Like This

We Adopted Flower A Few Weeks Ago After First Fostering Because We "Weren't Ready For Another Dog". She Very Much Loves My Boyfriend And Also Sits Like This

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#11

This Is Jagger At The Saveafox Domestic Fox Rescue. He Just Got A Pumpkin As A Treat

This Is Jagger At The Saveafox Domestic Fox Rescue. He Just Got A Pumpkin As A Treat

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Virgil Blue
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never seen a fox with patterns like this before. Is he changing into his winter coat? Anyway, looking good Jagger!

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#12

My Smol Rescue, I'm In Love

My Smol Rescue, I'm In Love

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#13

Adopted A New Kitten And My Void Instantly Accepted Him!

Adopted A New Kitten And My Void Instantly Accepted Him!

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However, not all is bad. Clear the Shelters 2022 wrapped up with some fantastic news: the campaign found homes for more pets than ever before.

According to a release from NBCUniversal Local, Clear the Shelters — a nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign — helped more than 161,500 pets find their forever families during 2022's program, which ran from Aug. 1-31. This is the highest single-year adoption total in the initiative's eight-year history.

#14

We Adopted A Very Shy Kitten Last Sunday. This Morning He Came Up To Me And Sat On My Lap All On His Own For The First Time

We Adopted A Very Shy Kitten Last Sunday. This Morning He Came Up To Me And Sat On My Lap All On His Own For The First Time

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#15

We Just Adopted This Goofy Big Boy Named Barnacle - 15 Weeks Old And Bigger Than Our Two Year Old Cat!

We Just Adopted This Goofy Big Boy Named Barnacle - 15 Weeks Old And Bigger Than Our Two Year Old Cat!

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#16

Jellybean Rescued My Husband This Weekend And Now They Are Inseparable

Jellybean Rescued My Husband This Weekend And Now They Are Inseparable

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#17

I Posted A Few Days Ago About Old Man Earl At The Shelter I Volunteer At

I Posted A Few Days Ago About Old Man Earl At The Shelter I Volunteer At

 Well I adopted him today. He is skeletal and I think he needs a sweater. So far he enjoys squirrel watching on the open window sill

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The fundraiser of Clear the Shelters 2022 also delivered big this year, with more than $540,000 in donations going to Clear the Shelters' partner animal rescues. (Amazon's 'Stream It Forward' initiative in partnership with Hill's Pet Nutrition committed $100,000 of the donation total.)

#18

Flora Was Rescued From Neglectful Owners And Due To Illness Can't Close Her Mouth Fully. Now She Has A Perma-Blep, Good Thing She Doesn't Seem To Care

Flora Was Rescued From Neglectful Owners And Due To Illness Can't Close Her Mouth Fully. Now She Has A Perma-Blep, Good Thing She Doesn't Seem To Care

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#19

Recently Rescued This Little Old Lady And From The Looks Of It She Loves Car Rides

Recently Rescued This Little Old Lady And From The Looks Of It She Loves Car Rides

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#20

Rescued This Kitten From Behind A Dumpster, Meet Mittens!

Rescued This Kitten From Behind A Dumpster, Meet Mittens!

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#21

This Illegally Smol Criminal Has Been Living In My Back Yard. No One Wants To Adopt Her So I Guess She Is Now My Illegally Smol Criminal

This Illegally Smol Criminal Has Been Living In My Back Yard. No One Wants To Adopt Her So I Guess She Is Now My Illegally Smol Criminal

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#22

A Pile Of Rescue Voidlings

A Pile Of Rescue Voidlings

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#23

This Little Guy Just Adopted Us... Walked In To The House Right Behind Me

This Little Guy Just Adopted Us... Walked In To The House Right Behind Me

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#25

This Is My Grandderp, Leo. My Husband Rescued Him Right After This Picture Was Taken

This Is My Grandderp, Leo. My Husband Rescued Him Right After This Picture Was Taken

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Zara the squid 🦑 (she/they)
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Leo looks like a plushie. Also I love the word Grandderp I’m stealing that lol

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#26

George Is The Name Of The Little Kitten That My Sister Adopted

George Is The Name Of The Little Kitten That My Sister Adopted

When I enter the room, it waits for me hidden to play with its little claws and teeth. I have a feeling that when it grows up it will be terrible but it doesn't matter, my heart is yours

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Nea
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a cat person but this still melted my heart 💗

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#27

My Rescue Overlord Loaf

My Rescue Overlord Loaf

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#28

Just A Little Rescue Cat. She Is Wonderful

Just A Little Rescue Cat. She Is Wonderful

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Sergy Yeltsen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Always gotta love the juxtaposition of big, tough men and little, fluffy cats.

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#29

Passionfruit Wants To Thank Everyone For Supporting Our Rescue

Passionfruit Wants To Thank Everyone For Supporting Our Rescue

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GoodWolf
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aaaawww i need to boop that shiny tiny black little nose! ❤️

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#30

Our Little Rescue. She’s 5 Weeks Old With Development Of A 3 Week Old . She Was Also The Runt Of The Litter

Our Little Rescue. She’s 5 Weeks Old With Development Of A 3 Week Old . She Was Also The Runt Of The Litter

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Deborah Harris2
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the concerned look of the doggo as she's feeeding ❤️

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#31

My Life Has Become So Much Brighter Since I Adopted Sofi

My Life Has Become So Much Brighter Since I Adopted Sofi

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#32

I Can't Believe You Adopted Us Both! Happiness Will Rule After The Shock Wears Off

I Can't Believe You Adopted Us Both! Happiness Will Rule After The Shock Wears Off

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#33

He Was A Stray I Found Outside Our House, And I Fed Him. A Little While Later, He Dozed Off On My Lap. I Decided To Adopt This Tiny Fella

He Was A Stray I Found Outside Our House, And I Fed Him. A Little While Later, He Dozed Off On My Lap. I Decided To Adopt This Tiny Fella

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Deborah B
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Definately need a vet check on this one ASAP - he's not well.

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#34

My 4 Rescues

My 4 Rescues

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GoodWolf
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They've been caught watching cat videos 😂

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#35

This Is My Sweet Foster That I Ended Up Adopting

This Is My Sweet Foster That I Ended Up Adopting

She was found starving with her siblings in a container at a week old. What color and pattern is her coat? She is now 2.5 months old and seems to me like a snowshoe/tabby to me because she has white boots and stripes

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tara
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know how anyone could leave an animal to starve. What a BEAUTIFUL cat! What crazy person wouldn't be enchanted by that pretty face!?!

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#36

This Is Piper. She Showed Up On My Aunt’s Property And Decided To Adopt Us. I Stopped By To See My Aunt And Gave This Girl Some Head Massage. She Passed Out Like That

This Is Piper. She Showed Up On My Aunt’s Property And Decided To Adopt Us. I Stopped By To See My Aunt And Gave This Girl Some Head Massage. She Passed Out Like That

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#37

Just Adopted This Fluffy Old Lady With A Little White Mustache!

Just Adopted This Fluffy Old Lady With A Little White Mustache!

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Sergy Yeltsen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's beautiful. That moustache... and those whiskers! May you have many years with her.

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#38

Adopted These Two Today

Adopted These Two Today

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#40

Can't Tell If I Adopted A Rabbit Or A Cat

Can't Tell If I Adopted A Rabbit Or A Cat

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#41

New Pup Rescued - This Is Rori!

New Pup Rescued - This Is Rori!

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#42

I Finally Adopted My First Kitten. This Is Tofu And I Love Him So Much It Hurts

I Finally Adopted My First Kitten. This Is Tofu And I Love Him So Much It Hurts

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tara
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*screams* you have a THUMB cat you lucky duck.

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#43

Adopted A New Baby Today, Her Name Is Fran

Adopted A New Baby Today, Her Name Is Fran

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#44

Oh Gosh I Rescued A Vampire! What Do I Do?!

Oh Gosh I Rescued A Vampire! What Do I Do?!

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A C
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahhhh!!! You've likely already been turned into a vampire yourself by now.... you may not even know it... so there is nothing to do now but love on the little vampire

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#45

I Adopted A Fur-Baby 2 Weeks Ago

I Adopted A Fur-Baby 2 Weeks Ago

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Sergy Yeltsen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So gorgeous. Black cats are lovely. Enjoy your little void!

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#46

Today We Adopted Our Second Greyhound, Lily. I Think Her And Hank Will Get Along Just Fine

Today We Adopted Our Second Greyhound, Lily. I Think Her And Hank Will Get Along Just Fine

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#47

Officially Adopted Our New Baby & Brought Him Home Today!! He's So Excited To Be Home & Such A Sweetheart

Officially Adopted Our New Baby & Brought Him Home Today!! He's So Excited To Be Home & Such A Sweetheart

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Deborah Harris2
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gorgeous red boi how handsome ❤️

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#48

Thought I Should Share My 4 Recently Adopted Babies

Thought I Should Share My 4 Recently Adopted Babies

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#49

Our Sic We Rescued A Month Ago. Named Her Maybelline. “Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Maybelline.”

Our Sic We Rescued A Month Ago. Named Her Maybelline. “Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Maybelline.”

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N Burnette
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those eyes. They mesmerize. They hypnotize.

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#50

Detained With The Evidence Still On His Face!

Detained With The Evidence Still On His Face!

Our first rescue bottle baby ♡ approx 2.5 - 3 weeks old

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tara
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am soooo jealous! I had the fortunate opportunity to raise bottle babies too! One set was only a day old. I am quite literally their mother, and always will be <3 Feeding every few hours, hot water bottles and blankets, poopy bums and bubble baths.... I would do it a million times again!

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