Then And Now

The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs 

Anabel Conner
Updated June 14, 2019 100k votes 11.5k voters 680.2k views 12 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, the 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!

Upvote the cutest rescues and adopted dogs with the most inspirational stories below and be sure to give your furry friends some love!
Starved for Affection
Starved for Affection is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs
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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.

Source: Life with Dogs
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Nico Swanngarris: Celebrity Rescue
Nico Swanngarris: Celebr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs
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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 stands for the power of social media and what determined people can do when they see something so undeniably wrong.

Source: The Story of Nico
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Kenzi Rebounds with Lavender Baths
Kenzi Rebounds with Lave... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs
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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."
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Annabelle Finds New Hope as a Therapy Dog
Annabelle Finds New Hope... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Cutest Before and After Pictures of Adopted Dogs
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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.

Source: Reddit
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