16 before-and-after photos of adopted dogs that will make you melt

  • There are few things in this world more pure than the love of a dog.
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  • Many of these pups suffered from abuse and malnutrition – but now they’re in loving homes and have made full recoveries.
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Just in case you were feeling down, remember that there is good in this world – good dogs, that is.

There will never be a shortage of pups in need of a good home, and one of the best ways to show compassion to a doggo in need (and to gain a new best friend) is to adopt.

Prepare to get misty-eyed by the heartwarming transformations these 16 rescue dogs underwent after being rescued by loving owners.

Lia Ryerson contributed to a previous version of this post.


After getting rescued, Dice is “one happy, healthy, thick boy these days.”

Courtesy of Feeling Fine Canine and Equine RescueDice.

Dice was found locked inside a cage in Florida, abandoned, in early November 2017. He was immediately brought to Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue. He weighed 30 pounds at the time, and should have weighed at least twice that.

But now, he’s thriving. “Dice is amazing. When he first came to our rescue he was weak and could hardly stand. After weeks of rehabilitation care and love, he absolutely blossomed and doesn’t stop smiling,” Feeling Fine told Insider.


Look at the bright and happy puppy-smile that Jax, a doodle mix, is serving now that he lives in a healthy home.

Courtesy of jaxdoodledog/InstagramJax.

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Rosie is a sweet and happy rescue pup from Texas.

Courtesy of rosieposiepit/InstagramRosie.

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Millie was underweight and terrified when her owners first brought her home. But after some dedicated love, she gained 30 pounds.

Courtesy of script_keeper/RedditMillie.

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Baker, a happy black terrier mix, has gained 15 pounds and a gigantic smile since getting adopted.

Courtesy of BananaStand07/RedditBaker.

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Penny went from being a 7-pound baby who was afraid to go outside to a loving, healthy dog.

Courtesy of manyadventuresofpiperandpenny/InstagramPenny.

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Yoshi went from being a fearful 43-pound pup to an energetic, 57-pound good boy.

Courtesy of Mofo_Turtles/RedditYoshi.

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Harper used to be a scared and scruffy little dog. Post-adoption, however, Harper transformed into a happy and trusting pup.

Courtesy of dingomart/RedditHarper.

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Hank, a schnauzer and shih tzu mix, is described by his owner as being “the happiest baby.”

Courtesy of mfisbeck/RedditHank.

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Pippin’s owners describe him as “50% Australian Shepherd, 50% St. Bernard, and 100% cute.”

Courtesy of pippin__pup/InstagramPippin.

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One thing is for sure: Pink and green are Mimi’s colours.

Courtesy of cleaner007/RedditMimi.

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Bodie, a rescue dog from Chicago, is all smiles after getting adopted by his owner, Julie.

Courtesy of pibblesandpies/InstagramBodie.

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Mary Jane, an American pit bull terrier, was in the pound for two months before she was adopted.

Courtesy of Rogue_Mongoose/RedditMary Jane.

Pit bulls are often subjected to unfair treatment, though they are extremely sweet. Just look at this proud pit bull mama and her babies.


Virginia, or Ginny, the pit bull was tired and scared, but after getting adopted, her owners describe her as “glowing, hydrated, and thriving.”

Courtesy of virginiathepitbull/InstagramGinny.

That is the face of total bliss.


Chuck was adopted from the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter in March 2018 — now his sad eyes are gone.

Courtesy of Wait_What_Happened/ImgurChuck.

Want to adopt a pet? The ASPCA has shelters all over the country.


After surviving neglect, mange (a skin disease caused by parasitic mites), and heartworm, Waffle is now happy and healthy.

Courtesy of haleyb33/RedditWaffle.

Waffle is living his best life.

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