106 Pictures Of Cats The Day They Were Adopted Vs. Now Show What Love Can Do


Love can be life-changing for everyone. And for rescued animals, this is literally what happens. When given a new forever loving home, neglected cats blossom.

As they discover affection, care, and friendship, time flies. And guess what? The transformations are so powerful you can see them with the naked eye! And some of these kittens are now a bunch of beautiful indoor tigers. Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most heartwarming kittens on their adoption day vs now that show the night-and-day difference a rescue can make!

#1 It’s Almost A Year Since My Friend Brought Home A Rescue Kitten, So She Decided To Recreate The First Picture She Took Of Him

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#2 Remy B. Nobody Loved Him For 6 Years, Until We Did

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#3 One Year Ago When I Rescued Her And Now, Showing Gratitude

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Bored Panda contacted Louise Lee, the media officer at the non-profit Blue Cross For Pets organization, which specializes in animal adoption in the United Kingdom. We asked Louise if more people are willing to take the “adopt, don’t shop” approach these days. Luckily, it seems so. “We rehomed over 9,000 pets last year, which has increased significantly since a decade ago.”

The stigma about rescued cats is slowly fading away. “Such misperceptions that these pets were all given up because of behavior and that they’re ‘broken’ are gradually changing, and people understand pets are handed over for all sorts of reasons,” explained Louise.

#4 My Dad Found This Cutie Alongside The Road While Working. I’d Like To Say He Lives A Spoiled Life. October Vs. Now

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#5 8 Years Ago For My Birthday I Adopted A Blind Kitten From A Struggling Rescue On Craigslist

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#6 My Wife And I Rescued This Sweet Little Girl Last July. This Is Her Now

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Louise said that “we’re working hard not only to change the perception of pets in rescue” but also to help people who can’t cope with their pet. “We seek to take the ‘shame’ away from people who are struggling to cope with their pet and decide to rehome or their circumstances change.” As a result, the adoption assistance team at Blue Cross never judges anyone.

But the pet adoption expert warns that it’s important to get the whole family on board when it comes to adopting an animal. “Make sure everyone in a family wants a pet and understands their responsibilities, the time needed, and financial commitment before getting a pet.” Even if taking in a pet will surely have an effect on your lifestyle, it really pays off seeing your kitty happy.

#7 The Difference A Rescue Can Make

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#8 Pugsley The Rescue Cat Before And After. It’s Amazing What A Little Love And Some Strong Antibiotics Can Do

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#9 My Little Rescue Kitten Isn’t So Little Anymore

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#10 Took A Stray Mother Cat And Her Kittens Home. A Month After, She Has No More Mange Problem And I Have 3 Fat Kittens Too

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#11 Harvey’s Skinny Body Was Found Abandoned In A Ditch. Fast Forward 5 Years, He’s Now A Confident, Happy, Healthy Boi With A Career In Modelling

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#12 From A Scared And Starving Kitten Found Under My Boyfriend’s House, To A Fat And Curious Little Hell Raiser 6 Months Later

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#13 Little Man Rescue Almost One Year Ago And Today

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#14 This Is 1.5 Years Old Pelle. I Became His Momma When His Cat Momma Didn’t Want To Take Care Of Him

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#15 Here’s Mine

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#16 He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life

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#17 My 96g Hand Rear Boy Made It! He’s Now 2kg And Almost 4 Months Old. He And His Rescue Sister Have Given My Life Meaning

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#18 Fenek – Six Months Ago And Today

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#19 My Wickett, First At 3 Weeks Old When He Came In As A Foster, Then 12 Weeks After I Adopted, Then His First Birthday And Today

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#20 The Guy From A Bus Stop Who Ate All Of Our Food

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#21 Exactly One Year When I Rescued Him. He Had A Lot Of Medical Problems And Almost Didn’t Survive When He Had FCV. He Is Now A Healthy Whiny Lil Baby With A Small Head

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#22 Sundae, When We Found Her In The Streets vs. 9 Months Later

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#23 I Found Chelvin Very Sick And Malnourished Just Outside My Neighborhood. He Was Only A Few Weeks Old. Three Weeks Of Love And Care Went A Long Way

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#24 Peter The Cat On The Day My Daughter Rescued It From A Ditch, And Four Years Later

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#25 I Adopted A Stray Cat 3 Months Ago. She Was Very Weak And Couldn’t Stand On Her Own Legs. But She Was Truly A Fighter. Meet Katie

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#26 They Were Taking Him To The Pound When I Adopted Julius. Today Is His 10th Birthday

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#27 In The 1st Pic Is My Boyfriend’s Cat When He Found Her In The Rain Meowing Alone, 2nd Is A Few Days After He Cleaned And Fed Her, And 3rd Is Her Today, Six Months After He Found Her

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#28 Our Rescue Tiara – She Went Through 3 Foster Homes Before Coming Home And Never Leaving My Side Again

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#29 This Is Daisy The Day I Adopted Her From The Shelter! She Was The Tiniest One There With The Loudest Voice

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#30 Nova’s Journey! Her Eyes Say It All

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#31 Three Months & Two Lbs Later

He was given up by his previous owners and spent 4+ months malnourished, matted, and uncared for in a shelter, even though he’s the sweetest and most gentle cat I’ve met. I’m grateful for every day that I get to spoil this kitty.

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#32 Rah And Luna, From “Dumpster Kitties To Laying Pretty”

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#33 Snowflake 1 Year After Being Taken Off The Streets

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#34 This Is Leo And We’ve Been Besties Since 2012. He Was Born Under My Stairs, And I Rescued Him. We Love Each Other Very Much

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#35 Meet Frankie! Adopted Him From The Shelter Six Weeks Ago. Now I Know Why Parents Say “They Grow Up So Fast!”

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#36 Just Got This Before Pic From The Shelter. From A Stray In Thailand To The Queen Of Our Apartment, Meet Connie

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#37 My Sweet Boy Keller. I Would Die For Him

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#38 Cat Foster Family Said “Don’t You Want To Adopt These Two? They’d Be So Happy Together.” They Were So Right

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#39 The Day We Found This Kitten, He Was Starving And Badly Wounded. The Top Pictures Are Peanut After His Surgery, Bottom Ones Are 1,5 Years Later- Happy, Fluffy And Tailless

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#40 Mako And Bolin (Censored For Gross Eye Stuff)

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#41 This Is Our Big Guy Edgar

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#42 Our New Kitten, Fiona, From The Moment Of Her Rescue To 3 Months Old

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#43 My Baby Luna – 2 Years From Adoption

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#44 This Is Sumi, Sumi Was A Stray Kitten

Her mother was run over by a car and left dying. Nobody in the neighborhood cared about it, so I adopted them. Both were sick, couldn’t really walk and were skinny. Sadly her brother died shortly after we took them to the vet. She lives for both of them now.

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#45 Inspired By The Street Cat I Saw The Other Day, I Went And Adopted This Guy. After 11 Months

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#46 Possum Is 9 Years Old. Found Him With His Siblings Behind Our Chicken Coop In The Woods. Hand Raised And Living The Life Of Luxury

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#47 Charlie. Feral Colony Rescue, Born August 2016. Now He’s A Big Cat

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#48 I Was “Only Going To Foster Him”. Meet My Foster Fail Named Oliver

He was found at 1 month old, alone and sick and I took him in around 2 months. Now he’s 6 months old and a spitfire

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#49 From Being Found Frozen Into The Side Of The Highway, To Losing Part Of Her Tail From The Trauma, To Gorgeous Girl Living The Best Life. She’s Brought So Much Love Into Our Lives

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#50 One Month Can Make A Huge Difference

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#51 Meet Syl. From Being Abandoned By Her Mom On The Streets To Having A Healthy Life With A Loving Family

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#52 Tiny Zac Was Discovered In A Ditch, Without A Mom Or Siblings, Flea-Infested, Starved & Anemic

He was then rescued but had trouble gaining weight & figuring out grooming & how to socialize. 5 years go by & now he’s my outgoing & healthy boi with more friends than he can count on 4 paws.

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#53 From Dirty Little Kitten I Found Crying In An Alley Behind My Apartment, To A Fat-Bellied Ham That Doesn’t Let Me Go To The Bathroom Alone

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#54 My Baby When We Found Her In A Cardboard Box On The Side Of The Road And My Baby Now, 3 Years Later

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#55 What Only 2 Weeks Of TLC Can Do. Midget Came To Us Sick And Severely Underweight And Has Blossomed Into A Loving Purring Machine

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#56 This Is Wilhelm (We Call Him Mr. Kitty). He Had All Four Sets Of Claws Removed And Was Underweight And Miserable

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#57 The Day We Picked Up Butters & The Rest Of His Litter To Foster, And Today

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#58 Was Told Miss Pretty Comma Perfect Would Find Some Love And Appreciation Here

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#59 3 Years Ago Today, A Tiny Poofball Kitten Was Found Alone Under A Woodpile. Meet Woody

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#60 Rescued This Man From A Bad Situation Last Spring At Roughly 12 Weeks. He Would’ve Been Born In March. Unsure Of Exact Date, So It’s Beau’s Birthday Month

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#61 My Cat Harlow Turns One Today! She’s Come A Long Way Since Being Rescued By The Shelter At 4 Weeks Old

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#62 We Rescued Dr Watson 2 Years Ago Today

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#63 Rescued This Poor Stray, Took Him In From The Outside And Nursed Him Back To Health Over The Past 5 Months. Now He Is The Most Playful And Sweet Baby

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#64 Rescued Her From The Street 1 Year Ago, She’s Doing So Well Now

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#65 12 Weeks Ago I Rescued Ollie From Horrible People, Looking Back At Pictures From Then I Am Amazed At How Much He Has Changed

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#66 Six Months Later. He Was Failing To Thrive When I Got Him

Took him everywhere with me in my purse or pocket. Half the size of his sister and couldn’t eat food, so I bottle-fed him. Now he’s twice the size of his sister and still thinks I should take him everywhere with me. He stole my heart.

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#67 This Is Daryl. He Was Found In A Pick Your Part Yard By Himself. He Was Very Malnourished & Dehydrated. The Vet Didn’t Think He Would Make It, But I Didn’t Give Up

Lots of vet trips & bottle feeding. I gave him all the love & care I could until he was healthy. Here he is 3 years later.

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#68 Our Lil Rescue Kitten, Dusty, Is Turning 2 Years Old This Week! Time Flies! He Went From A Tiny 3lb Kitten To 14lbs Of Floof

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#69 My Sweet Scaredy Cat Birdie, Rescued Her From A Golf Course Almost 3 Years Ago. She’s Come A Long Way From That Flea Covered, Half Starved Little Bean

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#70 Just Rescued To A Few Months Old

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#71 From Scared And Sick Little Rescues To Cuddly Healthy Cats. I Love These Two So Much

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#72 1 Year To The Day That I Adopted My Little Old Lady Catto, Leili. She’s Relaxed Into A Lovely, Emotional Cat

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#73 1 Month To 6 Months. Forever A Floof. This Sweet Boy Have Been In Our Care Since They Were Born In My Laundry Hamper

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#74 This Is Masha. Someone Tore Off Her Tail Twice And Then We Found Her. In Addition, She Was Pregnant. Now She Is Healthy And Loved

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#75 Meet Toro. Found Him Abandoned And Wandering Alone Near My Apartment Security Guard House

I was told by the security that I can take him since the owner left him there. Best decision I’ve ever made.

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#76 1 Year Apart! Dimsum Was A Stray Before She “Adopted” My Girlfriend. We Decided To Keep Her

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#77 Her First Week Home With Us And 12 Years Later

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#78 My Friends Found This Little Stowaway In Their Car (Engine?) One Morning. Just Over A Year Later, He’s Grown Into Quite The Handsome Fella. Meet Matsuda

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#79 8 Weeks vs. 2 Years. Bones Had Some Issues With Ringworm When We First Found Him, But He’s All Better Now

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#80 Our Sweet Boy Henry, Aka Hank

Hank was found in a neighborhood with no mom and just one other living sibling. His sibling is adorable and adopted as well (by another family).

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#81 Rescue Night (4 Weeks) To 1 Year

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#82 Sam At 6 Weeks vs. 7 Months. He Was Found On The Streets In Detroit Around 3-4 Weeks Old, Starving And Orphaned. He’s Turned Into Quite The Healthy, Spoiled Boy Now

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#83 We Adopted This Little Guy After He Was Found With A Crushed Leg

The leg was repaired with three nails and he is in perfect condition now. He’s the best. Meet Theo!

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#84 6 Months vs. Now. She’s So Much Braver Than The Day I Brought Her Home And Is Full Of Cuddles

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#85 Found Bolt Hiding Under An Electrical Box On The Streets Of Shenzhen, China, Meowing At Passersby And Eating From The Trash

Fed her for a week to build her trust and finally caught her. The fear in her eyes has now been replaced by the most contented kitty smiles!

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#86 Was Never A Cat Person Until Oscar Showed Up In My Driveway Back In July. Not Being A Stray Anymore Looks Good On Him

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#87 We Rescued This Cat From The Streets, She Could Barely Eat And Walk. Meet Missy, Then And Now, 5 Months Apart. This Is How Care And Love Can Change Lives

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#88 In 2017 And Now In 2020

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#89 Little vs. Now

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#90 My Boy Had Done Some Growing

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#91 We Had Fun Recreating Our First Photo Of Gus On The Anniversary Of His Adoption. From Sickly Kitten To Rambunctious Cat

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#92 2 Years After Rescuing His Little Face In A Hoarder’s Home

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#93 Rescued Him Exactly 2 Months Ago At This Hour

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#94 The Three Rescue Siblings Still Love To Hang Out With Each Other

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#95 Princess Arwyn. Almost 9 Years Difference From Rescue To Now

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#96 Oscar The Rescue Kitty

He was found in a hole along with his deceased mom and siblings. He warmed up to home life quickly and has moved from lying in house shoes to lying in sinks, among other things! He is now fat and sassy and i wouldn’t have him any other way.

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#97 Moo Was Found On The Street With A Heart Murmur, Barely Any Teeth, And Fiv. He’s Now Living Out His Twilight Years As A Lap Cat

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#98 My Aria Was Rescued As A Stray. At The Time She Was So Tiny She Could Squeeze Under Closed Doors. Three Years Later She’s A Sleek Ten Pounder

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#99 Day 1 vs. Year 5

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#100 One Year Ago Yesterday I Rescued Cocoa From A Car Engine At Work. Here’s Right After Rescue And About A Week Ago

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#101 From September To Today. What A Fluffy Difference

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#102 Beau Was Found Outside When He Was About 3 Weeks Old In Late September

We spent countless hours taking him to the litter box and brushing wet kitten food out of his fur to get him to the 3 month old handsome guy he is today. He plays hard, sleeps hard, and we love him so much.

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#103 This Is Orange Marmalade, A Feral Kitten That Was Left In My Garage

She was cleaned up and taken care of with the intent to find a home, but I couldn’t give her away come time. She brightened up my darkest days and 5 years later, she’s still my sunshine.

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#104 Phoenix 3 Days After I Rescued Him And Phoenix Today! A Bonus Pandora Behind Him As Well

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#105 Found This Crusty Eyed Baby At A Grocery Store Parking Lot A Few Months Ago. Now He’s A Happy, Healthy Member Of Our Little Family

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#106 Gus Shortly After Rescue To 3 Years Old. Much Larger But Always A Handsome Speckle-Bellied Boi

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