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30+ Of The Most Wholesome Rescue Pet Photos (Part 8)

Every pet deserves shelter, food, and loving owners, yet the reality reveals that there are many furry fellas are still in need of adoption out there. The U.S animal shelters took in nearly 6.5 million animals every year: roughly 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. However, things are heading to a more positive state, since the numbers above are the result of a steady decrease in animals entering the shelters, according to ASPCA estimates. Back in 2011, there were approximately 7,2 million dogs and cats found and put in shelters, and the numbers had been reducing ever since. While 710,000 animals are returned to their owners after entering shelters as strays, 3.2 million are adopted. 

The Reddit community has a subreddit called r/BeforeNAfterAdoption, dedicated to our brave and lovely furry warriors who had gone through such hardships to be able to transform into beautiful angels as they are. The thread also encourages adoption and shows transformation to prove that a loving family can change the lives of abandoned, neglected animals in the best way possible. Over 360k users have participated and shared photos of their pets’ incredible transformation, mentally and physically. Keep on scrolling to see amazing pics of little warriors, and give yourself a boost of serotonin and a whole lot of faith in humanity and the power of love! Be sure to also check our previous parts for more heartwarming images: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7. Check out our next parts too: Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12.

(h/t: boredpanda)

#1 Frankie was born with four ears and an eye deformity but he’s still purrfect

#2 These two were adopted 3 years apart from different cities. A dna test revealed that they are long lost siblings!

The coronavirus pandemic has definitely hit everyone hard, and animal shelters are not excluded: "Since it began, COVID-19 has put an immense amount of strain on animal shelters across the country. Because this is an ever-changing situation, each shelter is facing unique challenges specific to its community,” Kelly DiCicco - Adoptions Promotions Manager at the ASPCA, said.

#3 The day after my cat died, I went to the shelter and told the employee that I’d adopt the cat that had been there the longest. She said, “it’s an older black cat… Are you sure?” I was never so sure of anything in my life. Meet Dita Von Panzer

#4 As a single dad, I had to put my foot down and tell my seven year old daughter that there was no way she was getting a dog for Chanukah, no matter how much she asked. Anyway, meet Waffle

Many shelters have cut staffing due to social distance rules and financial shortage, emptying cages in 2020 was especially crucial. This has resulted in a reduction or limitation in the number and types of services available to the public. "Additionally, shelters have felt the financial impacts of the pandemic, with reduced donations and an inability to host in-person fundraising events, which often play a key role in annual fundraising efforts," DiCicco said.

#5 He was a rescue. A runt. Probably blind, deaf, won’t make it very long, they told me. Well, happy 10th birthday, buddy

#6 Old man Ed’s “I’m getting adopted!” smile is both handsome and proud!

#7 We just adopted the most snuggly, beautiful, chonk of a cat. Welcome home, Bill

Adopting an animal in need, regardless of species, breed, or size, is saving their life and giving them a better life. It also benefits shelters as more spaces are freed up so that shelters can prepare spaces and resources to take in more animals. Adopting shelter animals also helps shelter workers to familiarize themselves with the animals and are able to provide detailed information about their history, medical needs, behavior, and temperament. They also take into account a potential adopter's lifestyle, home environment, and the animal's compatibility with children and other pets, supporting the client in choosing the best match possible. To find out more about pet adoption, visit this helpful guide by the ASPCA.

#8 I just adopted Atticus this weekend. He was a stray and they told me he’s a very fearful cat. I slowly introduced him to my closet with some food, a bed I warmed up in the dryer, and some pets when he allowed. Just this morning he sat in my lap and purred

#9 Within 2 seconds of meeting the cat I was adopting, she climbed onto my shoulders

Adopting is also a better choice than buying one since adoption is less expensive. ive, and it is an action against puppy/ kitty mills and pet stores. Most importantly, adopting pet means saving lives and doing good deeds for society. In conclusion, adopting pets in a shelter is a win-win situation: while their owners can have a loving companion, pets can start a new, better life they deserve. Check out your local pet shelters and help them in every way possible: donate money, food, blankets, or even adopt one! What do you think? Tell us in the comment section!

#10 Dandy had part of her face shot off (before I adopted her). I love her two derpy top teeth

#12 We adopted a kitten last month… We now have nightly ritual of checking the fridge and other small spaces to make sure he’s not trapped anywhere before we go to bed

#13 Adopted a void yesterday. Shelter said she didn’t like laps. It’s been an hour. Send snacks

#14 Went to the shelter to look at dogs, they didn’t have any there but once this lil girl saw me she started pawing at her cage. Now I have a new forever friend

#15 I just adopted the sweetest kitten…Her name is Olive and we’re in love and we’re gonna run away and be pirates together

#18 Society says black cats are considered less “adoptable”. Society is wrong

#19 I adopted this baby from the Dominican Republic 1 month ago- my mom didn’t believe me that it was the same dog. I named him Remi and he suffered from mange and malnutrition, not anymore!

#20 I adopted 12 year old Brutus a few months ago. He is sluggish, stubborn, gassy, hogs the bed and drools so much I have actually slipped on my kitchen floor. And I’m head over heels in love with him

#23 Adopted a 16 year old bird named Banana last week and she finally trusts me enough to perch on my shoulder

#24 She was rescued from a colony of 30 feral cats in NE Ontario. She follows me around for snuggles, and will snuggle me for hours. I think this one’s gonna be a foster fail…

#25 Four days since adoption and new kitten Charlie is loving his big brother Tipsy

#26 This is Bonnie. She is happier to see the food aisle than just recently being adopted

#27 Jenny – my parents’ new rescue. Saved from a life of being a breeding b****h. 5 years old, doesn’t know how to play. Adopt, dont shop!

#28 After 3 long months of trying to get her trust. This cutie has finally adopted me!!

#30 Adopted two “Undesirable cats” at the animal shelter- a very scared feral kitten (still trying to get a good face pic) and the fattest cat in the building- I already love them so much!


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