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The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs

Updated August 13, 2020 66.2k votes 12.3k voters 701.6k views11 items

Our pets bring us joy and happiness every single day. They help us get through the bad days, and are happy to be there for the good. At the same time, many fantastic and kind humans have rescued dogs and changed their lives. Animal shelters and rescue centers around the world put countless volunteer hours into helping abused and homeless animals and rescues find loving homes with people who will be their best friend and guardian for the rest of their lives. These rescued dogs before and after will melt your heart and show you the power a loving human can have on a sweet pup.

There is nothing as sad as a dog that wants and needs its forever family. Shelters are not happy places for dogs and puppies waiting to be adopted. They are noisy, confusing and scary to a displaced or surrendered dog. Once these animals get out of that uncomfortable living situation, though, happiness can shine through. What a difference a home makes. If you're looking for your next best friend and beloved family member, these before and after pictures of rescue dogs show that these animals don't take the term "rescue" lightly. Your choice to save a rescue dog will be rewarded a thousand times over. Just like people, every dog has it's own story, and it shouldn't have to end in a shelter or on the streets. No one will be able to doubt the power of a forever home after looking at these pets' smiling faces!

The most inspiring quality these photos capture is the complete shift in the demeanor of the rescued dogs before and after. The transformations that these pets experienced after they were saved show how adoption can completely change a dog's life. If you were looking for a pick-me-up, search no further: these before and after pics of rescued dogs will make your heart melt and your soul soar!

Vote up the cutest rescues and adopted dogs with the most inspirational stories below and be sure to give your furry friends some love!

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    Alex Was Hungry For Affection

    Alex was starving, wandering the streets of New Orleans. When he was rescued, X-rays of his stomach showed that he had been eating sticks and rocks to try to stave off hunger. He gained 10 pounds in 10 days in his foster home.

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    Nico Was Rescued By A Lot Of Determined People

    The incredibly sad photo on the left is Nico, a six-year-old deaf Dogo Argentino who was in a Los Angeles animal shelter in the summer of 2009. The photo shows the stark realities of a dog’s life on the inside. This photo resonated with so many it went viral. Nico was pulled by a rescue and transported to Indiana; 19 volunteer drivers networked and drove 19 legs of the journey to get him there.

    Nico was then taught to communicate with people and how to be a pet. He was never aggressive at all, as the shelter had labeled him. He learned, thrived and also beat the cancer with which he was diagnosed when arriving in Indiana where he was eventually adopted by his forever family. Famous with his official Facebook page and live appearances, Nico stood for the power of social media and what determined people can do when they see something so undeniably wrong.

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    Now This Is A REAL Joyride!

    Photo: u/ericalaurie / Reddit

    Why adopt? Because 3.9 million homeless dogs enter shelters every year, and 1.2 million of them are euthanized. Adopting a dog is saving a life, without question. Just look at these happy faces - they know it, too!

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    Spokey Got A Second Chance

    Photo: u/goldie0702 / Reddit

    Spokey was found in rural West Virginia and ended up at the local SPCA. Like so many dogs that end up in shelters, most of her life story is unknown. Good thing that she found a happy new home! Now she can start a new chapter.

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