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.
As always, you’ll find our earlier most recent posts about pets finding their forever homes and new families here: February, January, and December.
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 Two Photos Taken An Hour Apart…. Before And After Adoption
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#2 Y’all Can Keep Your Purebreds. Shelter Dogs Are The Cutest.
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#3 6 Years On The Streets. 3 Years In The Shelter. 13 Years Old And She’s Finally Home ?
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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 I Found This Little Boy In The Countryside, Alone. Initially He Was Scared, Now He Seems To Be Pretty Comfortable
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#6 Did We Adopt A Baby Hippo?
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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 Recently Adopted Senior Cat, Grandpa Todd
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#8 Found This Little Fella On The Streets. Everyone, Say Hi To Rocky
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#9 Least To Say That He Was Really Excited To Come Home With Us! Meet Billy Mae! (Adopted)
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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 Old Man, Adopted Him Last Year. He’s 14 And The Best Roommate Ever
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#11 Just Got Home From Adopting This Fella!
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#12 Found This Little Munchkin Without A Mama, So I’m Now His Mama
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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 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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#14 My Parents Adopted An Absolute Cuddler!
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#15 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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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 Nobody Wanted To Adopt Him Cause He Only Has 1 Eye
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#17 Reddit, Meet Murphy! Rescued 3 Days Ago!
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#18 Rescued From A Street Two Days Ago. Pickle Is Already So Affectionate!
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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 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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#20 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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#21 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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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 Handsome Rescue
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#23 Just Adopted Luna. She Is My Very First Pet. She Is Already My Best Friend !
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#24 My Sweet Girl Freya, Adopted Just A Week Ago
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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 We Just Adopted This Sweet Little Girl! Meet Fiona!
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#26 Adopted This Little Fella From The Police Today, Everyone Meet Sam!
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#27 Rescued A Bunny A While Ago Which Turned Out To Be Pregnant They Are Doing Great
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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 I Adopted A Potato. Meet Argo
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#29 Just Adopted This Baby Yesterday And Found Out Her Birthday Was The Day Before, March 10th!
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#30 I Adopted These Twins Tonight! I Havent Got Names Yet Though
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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 My New Rescue Pup
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#32 Day 2 With Our New Rescue Baby! First Night Was A Little Rough. Hoping She Sleeps Better Tonight!
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#33 Rescued In Puerto Rico, Adopted In New York, Passed Out On The Way Home.
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#34 I Was Really Worried My Cat Wouldn’t Get Along With His Adopted Brother
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#35 Mandarin Was The Coolest Cat At The Shelter- I Had To Adopt Him
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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 We Adopted Our First Cat Today. A 9 Month Old Maine Coon. Meet Caspian!
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#38 Adopted My First Cat Today. This Is Quesadilla And She Already Owns My Heart
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#39 My Boyfriend Decided To Adopt Garçon!
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#40 Frankie Was Adopted From The Shelter One Year Ago, Best Decision!
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