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The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs

Updated August 13, 2020 72.2k votes 12.2k voters 697.0k 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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    Annabelle Found New Hope As A Therapy Dog

    Annabelle Found New Hope As A Therapy Dog
    Photo: u/colormestoopid / Reddit

    Annabelle was a stray from the streets of Sterling, KY that was captured by animal control and destined for euthanasia, had Bluegrass Boxer Rescue not stepped in to save her life. Annabelle is now lookin' good and taking her job as a therapy dog very seriously.

    Is this adorable?
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    Kenzi Rebounded With Lavender Baths

    Kenzi was a the victim of a neglect case and ended up in a kill shelter in San Antonio, TX, before she was rescued by the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio. Her wounds were treated and she was given soothing lavender baths to restore her coat to match her beauty within. It's no wonder she would be drawn to a field of the purple stuff to pose for her "freedom photo."

    Is this adorable?
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    Pillow Found A Forever Home

    Pillow Found A Forever Home
    Photo: Imgur
    How can one not fall in love with a pup named Pillow? Her smiley, squishy face radiates happiness now that she is out of the shelter and in a nice warm bed in her forever home.
    Is this adorable?
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    Bento Got A Brand New Life

    Bento Got A Brand New Life
    Photo: u/izmatron / Reddit

    Bento the pug was picked up by animal control, wandering the streets with a bad case of mange, lesions, and sores. He was also severely underweight, which is very un-pug-like. Bento was terrified of every single thing in his new home for about three days, before deciding that he really, really liked it there, as evidenced in this heartwarming "after" pic.

    Is this adorable?