There’s hardly a better time to be a Bored Panda reader than when one month ends and another begins. That’s because it’s time for another of our wholesome lists of the cute pets that were rescued over the past month, finally found their forever homes, and won over the hearts of their new family members. Honestly, it’s the best part of the month for me because I know how happy adopted pet pics make you, dear Pandas.
So go on, fill yourself up with some soul-healing good vibes to match the brilliant sunshine outside. Don’t forget to upvote your fave pics and we’d absolutely love to hear all about how you met your pets—so tell us about them in the comments.
Meanwhile, however happy rescuing pets might make us and them feel, you can’t deny that the whole adoption process can be stressful, as there’s a major lifestyle shift for the animals who may have been abused before. We had a chat about how to recognize the signs of stress and help our pets deal with it with the friendly team at the PDSA, the UK’s leading vet charity. Pssst—when you’re done, you’ll find some more fluffy cuddles in our earlier rescue pets posts here: May, April, and March.
#1 “Will You…. Adopt This Cat With Me?” She Said Yes
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#2 A Kitten Followed My Mail Cart For Four Blocks. Went Back Later To Find Her Huddled By A Garbage Pile. Guess I Adopted A Kitten
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#3 Adopting An Old Cat
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Adopting a pet isn’t as easy as going down to your local shelter and picking out a bunch of kittens to go home with you. There are procedures to follow. Basically, any shelter worth their salt will put in the effort to check if you and your future best buddy are a good match. That can mean filling out a few forms or having a chat about whether you’ll have enough space for them at home and what your schedule is like.
After all, taking care of a pet isn’t all fun and games (though, admittedly, it’s a large part of it!)—you’re responsible for the life of another being. That means feeding it, giving it all the love and vet care it needs, making sure it gets along with all of your other pets, and that it acclimates properly to its new home.
For example, PDSA vet Anna Ewers Clark pointed out to Bored Panda that you have to think about the logistics of owning several pets. We had a chat with her about what to do specifically if your cat, a notoriously subtle and territorial pet, is feeling stressed out and anxious.
#4 Hi My Name Is Clover And I Adopted My People Today!
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#5 We Were Worried Our Rescue Pup Wouldn’t Like Our New Rescue Kitten…
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#6 Rescued This Little Dude From A Bad Shelter Situation. His Name Is Vader
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“If you have a multi-cat household showing signs of stress, then make sure you have at least one resource for every cat, plus one extra. So if you have two cats, provide three of everything—bowls, beds, litter trays, etc. Spread these things out around your house so that they can always avoid each other if they want to,” she said.
Vet Anna noted that even if some pets do prefer each other’s company, you should ideally have enough space for them so they can be alone if they want to. “It’s important to make sure your cats are able to get around without having to cross each other’s paths. This could be by making sure there are plenty of entrances/exits for them to use or by creating ‘vertical space’ with high shelves or furniture so your cats can pass each other at different levels,” she told Bored Panda.
#7 You’re Adopted!
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#8 I Think Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted
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#9 My Sister Just Adopted This Sweet 18 Year Old Tortie!
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However, recognizing if your pet is displeased might be more difficult than you’d expect. They won’t tell you that there’s something wrong outright like a human being would (though, to be completely fair, people tend to be very secretive and passive-aggressive, too). And while with some pets it’ll be very obvious when something’s wrong, others can show only very subtle, nuanced signs.
PDSA vet Anna shared that this subtle displeasure and stress can manifest itself in ways that require the owner to constantly compare their current actions to their previous ones. In short, you have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times. “Stressed cats may simply hide more, move around less, sleep more, over-groom themselves, or be more reluctant to play,” she said.
#10 Meet Barry, Our 8 Week Old Rescue Kitten
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#11 Adopted Little Auron 2 Days Ago
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#12 Adopted This 12 Yr Old Battle Axe Today. Turns Out She’s Entirely Deaf. Already Runnin The Place
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“They may simply spend less time in the house, preferring time roaming outdoors than having to spend time in ‘shared territory or start avoiding certain areas of the home.’”
Meanwhile, severe or chronic stress can have very serious negative outcomes. For example, in cats, it can make them physically ill and make them suffer from feline cystitis, a very painful bladder condition. “If your cat shows any difficulty in urinating, has blood in their wee, or changes their toileting habits, contact your vet straight away,” the vet said.
#13 Tiny Friendly Feral I Helped Rescue From A Car Engine. Mine Now Muahahahahaha!
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#14 After Months And Months Of Applications Going Unanswered, Our Rescue Dog Found Us When She Came Into My Clinic For A Check-Up
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#15 She’s Only Been Home For An Hour And Has Already Settled In. Happy Adoption Day Baby Girl!
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#16 My Cat Knor Two Weeks After Adoption From The Shelter
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#17 Adopted This Stray Cat A Week Ago. Couldn’t Resist Its Cuteness
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#18 Just Adopted This Sweet Little Girl . I Need Some Ideas For Names And Thought You All Could Help
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#19 Rescued This Little Dude Today. Some Guy Hitting Cats With A Broom, Was Gunna Kick His Ass If He Didn’t Give Me The Cat.. He Is Safe Now
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#20 I Adopted A Kitty. She’s Cute Isn’t She?
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#21 We Adopted A New Cat Today And This Was The First Picture I Captured. I Love Her
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#22 Adopted This 13 Yo Senior Yesterday. Say Hi To Simon!
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#23 We Just Adopted Our First Puppy. His Name Is Moose And He’s Only 9 Weeks Old. Our New Good Boy
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#24 We Adopted Sisters And I’m In Love!
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#25 Went To Pick Up My Kitten Ended Up Adopting His Sibling Too
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#26 My Roommate Just Adopted Her First Puppers “Hank The Tank”
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#27 I Was Terrified Of Adopting A Rescue Kitten Because I Wasn’t Sure I Could Make Him Happy. 4 Months Later, Well I Think The Pic Says It All
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#28 Izzy Has Now Been Adopted. She Was A Part Of The 130 Cats We Rescued From A Hoarder. Now Only 114 Cats Need To Be Adopted
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#29 After Wanting A Dog For My Whole Life, I Finally Adopted One! Meet Pepero!
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#30 I Adopted Two 6 Week Old Kittens, Mercury And Apollo, And They’re Inseparable. They Play Shockingly Rough, But I Always Find Them Like This Afterward
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#31 Rescued This Pup, Meet Milo
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#32 Our New Rescue Pup Frankie Thinks He’s A Dog Model
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#33 My Newly Adopted 7 Year Old Rescue Named Kronk. He Warmed Up To Us Super Quickly
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#34 Got Her Rescued Today. Welcoming Liberty To Our Home
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#35 Behold, Our Kitty We Adopted, Boe!
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#36 Just Adopted A Dog And Had My Boyfriend Come Over To Meet Her. He’s Already Calling Her “Our” Dog
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#37 Today, I Adopted A Kitten. Meet Leo, My Fur Baby, The Biggest Purring Machine, And A Cuddler
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#38 Just Adopted This Handsome Boy. The Shelter Called Him Maverick But We Aren’t Sure It Fits Him. He’s Got Extra Toes And He’s A Tabby Grey Colour. Tell Me All What You Think!
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#39 Just Adopted This 5 Year Old Beauty
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#40 Zuko! Adopted Him Yesterday. He Was A Stray And Is A Bit Smaller Than He Should Be But I’m Hoping To Get Him A Bit Fatter And Stronger With Some Formula And Much Needed Attention. He’s Such A Good Little Guy
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#41 Adopted This Kid Yesterday From Best Friends In Kanab Ut, She’s Honest To God The Sweetest Kitty I’ve Ever Met. I Hit The Jackpot
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#42 Today; My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Guy. He Being Attacked By Somebody Off Thier Head On Drugs. Welcome Home Archer. I Promise You Never Will Another Human Hurt You
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#43 After A Month Of Fostering, We Officially Adopted Our Land Seal, Halo Yesterday!
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#44 Meet Cinza Our New Rescued Baby
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#45 The Dog I Rescued A Few Weeks Ago Is Still Trying To Figure Out This Whole Bed Thing. Ignore The Mess In The Background
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#46 Stray Baby Kitten We Adopted
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#47 This Is Scamp! We Rescued Him From A Romanian Shelter Less Than A Month Ago. He Is Really Settling In To His New Home Now, And For The First Time In His Life, He Has A Family
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#48 Rescued This Sweet Girl Recently, Meet Sushi
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#49 Adopted This Sweet 5 Yr Old Girl Yesterday! Meet Dolly!
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#50 I Just Adopted This Sweet 2 Year Old Girl. Photo Was Taken 15 Minutes After I Left The Shelter. It Was Love At First Sight . Everyone Meet Bailey!
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#51 Today We Rescued Each Other. A Sweet Timid Little Girl To Fill My Home And Heart
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#52 My New Rescue Pup Wears Her Heart On Her Tushie
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#53 I Recently Rescued A Pair Of Kittens And They Love To Sleep Like This Every Night
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#54 My New Rescue Kitten Playing!
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#55 Adopted This Adorkable Baby, Andromeda, Last Month. She Is 6 Months Old And Is All Legs And Spaz!
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#56 Me And My Boyfriend Rescued This Little Girl From A Neglected Home. It’s Been 2 Weeks And She Is Already My Everything
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#57 Adopted This Little Monster, She Stole My Heart And Any Socks Lying Around
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#58 No Apex For You! 2nd Day After Adopting, Frank Wants All The Loves!
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