It’s that wonderful time of the month where we share the most wholesome recent photos of adopted pets with all of you Pandas! Our team over here at Bored Panda absolutely can’t wait to share the cutest, cuddliest, meowtastic, and woofstanding pics with you. Remember to give the rescued animals a gentle boop on their noses with an upvote as you scroll down and share your own adopted pet stories in the comment section below.
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The RSPCA told Bored Panda that one of the positives to come out of the countless Covid-19 lockdowns is an increased interest in rehoming and adopting pets in shelters. “We have seen a huge increase,” a representative of RSPCA told us. “Since lockdown started, on March 23, to December 31 the RSPCA’s Find a Pet section of the website had 39,835,657 views compared to 23,681,542 in the same period the previous year. This is a rise of 68%. Our fostering page had 470,933 visits in the same period compared to 136,705 during the same period in 2019 which is a staggering 244% increase.”
#1 Y’all Can Keep Your Purebreds. Shelter Dogs Are The Cutest.
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#2 I Found This Little Boy In The Countryside, Alone. Initially He Was Scared, Now He Seems To Be Pretty Comfortable
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#3 Two Photos Taken An Hour Apart…. Before And After Adoption
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The RSPCA explained that the data shows there’s been a surge in pet ownership during lockdown. “Google keyword searches for ‘Puppies near me’ increased 650% between Jan-Jul 2020. ‘Adopting a dog’ saw a 204% increase in searches, ‘kittens near me’ an 188% increase from the previous year,” they shared. “Government figures show that the numbers of licenses issued for the commercial import of dogs rose 87% from 14,075 (May-September 2019) to 26,4461 (for the same period this year).”
#4 I Think She’s Glad We Went Back And Adopted Her Brother Too
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#5 Did We Adopt A Baby Hippo?
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#6 Least To Say That He Was Really Excited To Come Home With Us! Meet Billy Mae! (Adopted)
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The rise in pet ownership has also been confirmed by the UK’s Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association in their Covid-19 Pet Survey. According to the survey, 35 percent of young adults (that is to say people aged 24 to 35) confirmed they got a new pet or were planning to get one. That means that around 2.1 million (aka 19 percent) of young people have already got themselves a pet while in lockdown while a further 1.8 million Brits (16 percent) were planning to do so.
Meanwhile, the online marketplace Pets4Homes said that the demand for puppies rose by 104 percent compared to the prior year at the peak of lockdown (i.e. May 2020).
#7 My Old Man, Adopted Him Last Year. He’s 14 And The Best Roommate Ever
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#8 Found This Little Fella On The Streets. Everyone, Say Hi To Rocky
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#9 I Adopted This 7 Y.o. Lady Just Over A Month Ago. Each Day She Seems Cozier & More Playful Than The Last. She Was In A Shelter Since May 2019 Which Made Me So Sad To Hear When I Met Her. She’s Incredibly Sweet & I Am Very Lucky To Have Her
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The head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, Dermot Murphy, said that even though it’s wonderful that so many people are adopting pets, there are still some issues with this. “Whilst it’s great that so many people have become pet owners and have found their pet to be a real source of comfort during these challenging times, we are concerned that some people may have bought a pet on impulse without considering how their lifestyle might change once the pandemic ends. On top of that, we are facing real economic uncertainties, and, as in previous recessions, people may simply find themselves unable to afford their pet,” he warned.
#10 My Parents Adopted An Absolute Cuddler!
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#11 Rescued From A Street Two Days Ago. Pickle Is Already So Affectionate!
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#12 Just Got Home From Adopting This Fella!
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“We would always urge anyone considering getting a pet to thoroughly do their research to make sure they can give them the time, money, and care they need for the rest of their lives. As the impact of the pandemic puts a strain on people’s finances and as many people start to return to work or some kind of normality, the fear is that we will see a surge in abandoned and neglected animals coming into our care,” Murphy said.
#13 6 Years On The Streets. 3 Years In The Shelter. 13 Years Old And She’s Finally Home ?
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#14 My Dad Was Very Against Getting A Dog, Especially A Small Dog. We Adopted Her Anyway And Now They Are Best Friends
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#15 I Adopted A Potato. Meet Argo
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Meanwhile, across the pond, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) puts the number of cats and dogs entering the country’s shelters each year (pre-Covid) at around 6 to 8 million. While the numbers have gone down dramatically from a whopping 13 million in 1973, they’re still incredibly large and point to how deeply throwaway culture is engrained in society.
#16 My Sweet Girl Freya, Adopted Just A Week Ago
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#17 Found This Little Munchkin Without A Mama, So I’m Now His Mama
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#18 I Adopted This Cat At The Lowest Point Of My Life. He Literally Freed Me From Distress And I Can’t Be More Thankful
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According to HSUS, there are around 3.5k brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and around 10k animal sanctuaries and rescue groups in the entirety of North America.
So while we can be upset that so many wonderful pets are left without a home, we can also be thankful that volunteers take them in from the cold and help them find a better, more stable home. The 4 million cats and dogs adopted from shelters annually are a testament to that. However, the situation isn’t as great for everyone else.
#19 Reddit, Meet Murphy! Rescued 3 Days Ago!
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#20 Day 2 With Our New Rescue Baby! First Night Was A Little Rough. Hoping She Sleeps Better Tonight!
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#21 I Adopted These Twins Tonight! I Havent Got Names Yet Though
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HSUS also points out that even though lots of pet owners adore their furry and fluffy companions, far from everyone has proper access to vet care, as well as spay/neuter services. The sad reality is that most pets don’t enjoy the quality of life that they could be.
#22 Just Adopted Luna. She Is My Very First Pet. She Is Already My Best Friend !
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#23 We Just Adopted This Sweet Little Girl! Meet Fiona!
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#24 After Years Of Wanting A Dog My Wife And I Got This 8 Week Old Pup From The Rescue. Meet Arwen.
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There are approximately 23 million pets living in such underserved communities which translates to a jaw-dropping 77 percent of all US pets who have never ever seen a vet and 87 percent who have not been spayed/neutered. The numbers really are shocking and it suddenly makes sense why so many pets are abandoned.
#25 Mandarin Was The Coolest Cat At The Shelter- I Had To Adopt Him
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#26 Rescued A Bunny A While Ago Which Turned Out To Be Pregnant They Are Doing Great
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#27 We Adopted Our First Cat Today. A 9 Month Old Maine Coon. Meet Caspian!
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What’s more, around 80 percent of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year are healthy, treatable, and could have been adopted by loving families. Furthermore, a quarter of all dogs in shelters are purebred.
#28 Officially “Foster Failed” Today. I Knew As Soon As I Got Him, He Wasn’t Going Anywhere. Everyone, Welcome Chopper! (Aka Pork Chop)
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#29 Handsome Rescue
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#30 My Recently Adopted Senior Cat, Grandpa Todd
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Animal shelters and organizations do what they can to help pets get rescued. However, having a big heart and a strong desire to help aren’t always enough. Sadly, housing, feeding, and treating animals is expensive. HSUS states that humane organizations spend around 2.5 billion dollars each (that’s around 8 dollars per capita) while animal control organizations spend 800 million to 1 billion dollars (aka 4 dollars per capita).
#31 Just Adopted This Baby Yesterday And Found Out Her Birthday Was The Day Before, March 10th!
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#32 My Boyfriend Decided To Adopt Garçon!
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#33 Nobody Wanted To Adopt Him Cause He Only Has 1 Eye
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#34 Adopted This Little Fella From The Police Today, Everyone Meet Sam!
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#35 Adopted My First Cat Today. This Is Quesadilla And She Already Owns My Heart
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#36 Me And My Cousin Adopted These Siblings A Few Days Ago. Probably The Best Decision Of Our Lives. Everyone Meet Jake And Rosa
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#37 I Was Really Worried My Cat Wouldn’t Get Along With His Adopted Brother
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#38 My New Rescue Pup
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#39 Rescued In Puerto Rico, Adopted In New York, Passed Out On The Way Home.
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#40 As Soon As I Saw This Photo I Knew I Had To Adopt Her
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#41 Update: I Finally Adopted This Baby A Week Ago, And His Name Is Dooby! (“Teddy Bear” In Hebrew)
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#42 Frankie Was Adopted From The Shelter One Year Ago, Best Decision!
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#43 My Boss Caught A Hungry Stray. Dude Has Made It His Full Time Job To Try To Adopt Me.
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#44 Meet Charlie Penguin. He Was In Rescue As A Feral For Over A Year And Ran And Hid From Potential Adopters. When I Brought Him Home I Discovered He Is Totally Deaf. He Is Now Learning Baby Sign Language And Knows Four Signs!
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#45 14 Years Old And He Has Finally Found His Forever Home. Adopting A Senior Cat Is The Best Thing I Have Done.
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#46 This Is My Flatmate Sleeping And Right Next To Him Is Our Adopted Kitten Olive. At The Time Of This Photo She Is 3 Days Old In Our House And She Has Already Taken Over Everything. She Is Our Queen Now!
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#47 My Two New Adopted Cats!
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#48 Hi. I Got Adopted!!
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#49 This Is The Same Man Who Continuously Told Me, “We Don’t Need Another Freaking Animal In This House” When I Insisted We Adopt A Male Kitten. Now, They Rarely Nap Apart!
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#50 My Girlfriends Rescue Kitty Leia. The Force Is Strong With This Sassy Cat
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#51 My Shy And Scared Of Everything Kitty Decided To Lay Down With Me On A Couch For The First Time Since Adoption 6 Months Ago. I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
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#52 They Say Black Cats Are Less Likely To Get Adopted…. I Can See Why, They Are Hideous…. Meet Sam
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#53 I Adopted Morticia Today On A Friday The 13th, Six Years Ago! My Lucky Bat ?
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#54 I Just Rescued This Little Guy. Say Hello To Banks
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#55 Adopted This 12 Year Old Senior Kitty Today
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#56 Say Hello To Hank, We Adopted Him Today!
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#57 I Did It!! After Weeks Of Feeling Doubtful, I Finally Adopted A Cat!! Reddit, Meet Princess Peach, A Partially Blind Grandma That Loves To Cuddle
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#58 We Just Adopted Him Today, Any Name Ideas?
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#59 Adopted This Handsome Young Man At The Local Spca Today!
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#60 Jackson On His First Night In His Forever Home
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#61 Just Adopted Her From The Animal Shelter Last Week, Meet Mocha!!
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#62 My In-Laws Newly Adopted! She Was In The Shelter For 2 Years And Finally Found Her Forever Home. Meet Jane!
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#63 Isn’t She Lovely? Sky Has Been Adopted!
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#64 Just Got Word We’ll Be Able To Officially Adopt This Angel In April!
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#65 My Mystery Mutt Rescue Dog Looks Like An Ewok, And Like He’s Still A Puppy At 15 Years Old
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#66 My Girl Came From An Overcrowded Shelter In Korea Where She Was Involved In A Group Dog Attack And Lost Her Eye/ Had Her Ear Torn. The Rescue I Foster For Saved Her From There. I Saw Her Pics And Knew We Needed Each Other. She Will Be Safe For The Rest Of Her Life Now
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#67 We Finalized Our Rescue Puppy’s Adoption Today; We Named Her Pacha
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#68 Somehow This Little Guy Went An Entire Month At The Shelter Without Being Adopted! Welcome Home, Kaiser!
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#69 Adopted Our Man Vinny On Saturday, And Last Night He Fell Asleep Cuddling My Ankle In His Little Arms. He’s Been Attached To My Hip From The Moment We Left The Shelter, And We Just Love Him So Darn Much
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#70 This Is Our Girl Sia, My Wife And I Recently Adopted Her
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#71 Adopted This Beautiful Girl Saturday
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#72 @germ843 And I Adopted This Sweet Girl Yesterday. Void – V For Short
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#73 Azula, 5 Months Old And Newly Adopted
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#74 Little Man Just Got Adopted!
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#75 This Is Belle, I Rescued Her 4 Years. She Is Border & Rough Collie, Malamute, Husky, Staffie & Pomeranian.
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#76 I Always Wanted To Adopt A Dog With My Fiancé, But We Ended Up Taking In His Brother’s Cat. And Now I’ve Spent Way Too Much Money Buying Her Treats, Toys And A New Cat Tree. But She’s So Gorgeous And Now My Sweet Little Monster. Meet Daisy
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#77 Tuckered Out After Her First Day In Her Forever Home.
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#78 Adopted This Sweet Baby Yesterday, Meet Penelope!
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#79 My Recently Adopted Stray Cat Sleeping Off The Anesthesia After His Corrective Surgery For Hernia!
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#80 Just Adopted Nala. She’s Everything!
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#81 Just Adopted This Little Thing. He Was On The Street And Would Always Ask Random People For Pets And Love. Now He Has A Home (And Also A Brother And A Sister!). This Is Neptune!
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#82 Adopting Her Wasn’t Even A Question. Meet Honey
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#83 Ruben The Rescue Is A Sharp Dressed Man!
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#84 Rescued This Little Cuddlebug Last Night After I Kept Seeing Him On The Street
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#85 Still Not Convinced I Didn’t Actually Just Adopt A Gremlin. Meet Olive!
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#86 Excited To Arrive At Her Forever Home
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#87 First Day In His New Forever Home
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#88 It Is So Glad To See My Girl Lives Harmony With Her New Friend In The Adoption Family
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#89 Meet Miyuki. We Adopted Her A Few Months Ago And She Is Fitting In Well
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#90 Mozzarella, Our Foster Kitten Just Had Her Baby Cheeses: Cheddar, Feta, Gorgonzola, Brie, Camembert, Velveeta . Adopt, Don’t Shop! And Spay And Neuter
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#91 My Boyfriend And I Adopted These Guys In November 2020. At The Time We Were Extremely Nervous That They Would Not Get Along….looks Like Everything Worked Out Just Fine!
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#92 This Is Bella, She Has Heterochromia. We Adopted Her Yesterday, She Is Currently Sleeping
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#93 My Baby Girl Berenjena (Eggplant For The English Speaking Redditors), It’s Been 2 Years Since Her Adoption. Look How Cute She Is.
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#94 My Rescue Bun Came To Me With His Chinchilla Buddy. They Are Inseparable
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#95 My Friend Let Me Adopt Her Cats Only Kitten Almost A Week Ago Now. I Was Struggling With Almost A 2 Year Long Depression Problem. Now I Can’t Stop Smiling When I Am Home. I Have Two Other Cats And Having Them Is The Best
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#96 Bald Spot I Think Was From Her Harness Being Left On… Now It’s Grown In. Rescue Said She Was Dog/Dog Aggressive, Now She Makes Friends. She Gets So Much Love, Walks, Treats, Toys And Cuddles Now In Her Forever Home
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#97 Found Abandoned And Then Returned To The Shelter Twice Before She Was Even A Year. Needless To Say, She’s Found Her Forever Home. This Fur Baby Is My First Dog Ever And I Couldn’t Be Happier
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#98 Cooper Tired Out After Coming To His Forever Home
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#99 Just Adopted This Sweet Nugget. Meet Waterloo And Her Precious Little Bowl Head
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#100 The Odds Were Stacked Against This Little One. She Was Born In A Barn, Her Mom Was Eaten By A Coyote, And She’s Black (Apparently Black Cats Are Last To Be Adopted.) Despite Her Challenging Kittenhood, She Now Spends Her Days Peacefully Napping And Making Biscuits
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#101 Living Their Best Lives: Both Were The Only Survivors Of Their Respective Litters. Adopt! Don’t Shop
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#102 I Was Recently Adopted By My First Ever Black Cat And I’m In Love
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#103 Luna – 10 Years Old – Adopted Last Year
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#104 The Vet Once Told Me Black Cats Aren’t Adopted Because They Are Scary. I Beg To Differ.
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#105 Two Photos Taken An Hour Apart…. Before And After Adoption.
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#106 Waited 10 Years To Get My First Dog. Now At 30 I Was Lucky Enough To Adopt Canyon!
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#107 I’ve Waited So Long To Adopt. This Is Judah!
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#108 If You Ever Need Help Locating The Heat Vents In A Building, Adopt A Cat
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#109 Adopted This Big Boy 2 Weeks Ago. He’s About 5 Years Old And Was Found Living On A Cemetery. Now He Has His Forever Home, Safe And Warm, With Healthy Food And Other Cats To Play With
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#110 Just Brung My Boy Back To His Forever Home Today
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#111 Forever Home – Found! Lots Of Driving Today, But Totally Worth It. This Pretty Lady Will Never Be Force Bred Again. Welcome Home, Baby
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#112 Adopted My Fur Baby Two Days Ago And She Is So Well Behaved. Hope She Enjoys Her Forever Home
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#113 Foster Failure! Harley Q Was Supposed To Be With Us Until She Found A Forever Home. I Guess She Did
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#114 He Looks Like He Has Never Seen Leaves Before. Welcome To Your Forever Home Marti
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#115 My Boyfriend And I Adopted This Tiny Fluff 3 Days Ago, And We Are Just In Love. Reddit, Meet Sergueï!
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#116 Two Years Since Adopting This Rare Pupper!
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#117 I Had No Idea I Adopted A Cinnamon Roll!
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#118 My Husband: “No! We Don’t Need A Cat! They’re So Much Effort And We Already Have A Dog.” My Husband One Week After Rescuing Sava:
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#119 A New Puppy That We’re Fostering
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#120 Adopted My First Cat Today, Everyone Say Hi Nathan!
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#121 So Lucky I Got To Adopt This Goofball
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#122 After Getting Hit By A Car This Polite Young Lady Decided To Adopt Me. She’s Undergoing A Surgery Tomorrow So Wish Her Luck Guys!
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#123 This Sweetheart Is Fritz. He Just Found His Forever Home With Us. Our Home Finally Feels Whole Again With A Cat In It
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#124 Meet Solomon. Now In His Happy Forever Home.
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#125 This Is Kelly! We’re Transitioning From Being His Foster Home To His Forever Home. He’s Our First Greyhound. Any Advice?
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#126 Meet Kakoa She’s The Newest Adoptee To My 6 Akita Family Happy We Found Each Other Baby Girl! Ill Never Give Up On You, You Finally Found Your Forever Home Time To Build Great Memories!
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#127 Meet Little Man. Isnt He A Handsome Boy? We Rescued Him And We Intended To Foster Him, But He Decided This Is Home, So He Now Has A Forever Home With Us
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#128 Day One In His Forever Home
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#129 High Chance That I Will Adopt This Little Gremlin Tomorrow. Any Name Suggestions? Spooky And Fantasy Names Please!
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#130 Here Is My Sienna, In Her New Forever Home! I Adopted Her From A Hoarding Situation
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#131 Meet Wrigley, My Newly Adopted Cat. While He Is Was Still With His Mom And Litter, This Was One Of The Pictures Sent To Me By Owner To Select A Kitten. I Knew As Soon As I Saw Those Kitten Mittens: Wrigley Had A Forever Home
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