11 People Share How Their Beloved Cats Have Changed Since Being Adopted (New Pics)

What’s more wholesome than adorable photos of cats? I know, not much. But let me raise you this: adorable before and after photos of rescue cats when they have first been adopted and after they have adjusted to their new, luxurious lifestyles. That’s right, folks. We’ve gone through the “Before and After Pictures of Adopted Animals” subreddit to gather some of the cutest photos of kitties that have had miraculous transformations all thanks to a little tender love and care.

Be sure to upvote all of your favorite photos, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever rescued a fur baby who had a radical transformation after receiving your love. Keep reading to also find interviews with Heather Svoboda Miller, Communications and Development Manager of the Cat Adoption Team, and Ruth Allen, Director of Admissions and Matchmaking at the ASPCA Adoption Center. And then if you’re interested in checking out even more of these heartwarming pics that scream “adopt don’t shop”, you can find Bored Panda’s previous articles on the same subreddit here and here.

#1

My Dumpster Duo… Someone Else’s Trash Is Definitely My Treasure!!

My Dumpster Duo… Someone Else’s Trash Is Definitely My Treasure!!

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It is really amazing what a bath, some love and a safe home can do for a cat. Aside from looking cleaner, fluffier and a bit bigger in the belly area, many of these cats simply look happier as well. And thankfully, many people around the world have gotten behind the “adopt don’t shop” mindset. The Before and After Pictures of Adopted Animals subreddit has 1.1 million members at the moment and describes itself as “a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned or mistreated animal”.

The page also notes that all pets are welcome, but today we’re here to celebrate the felines. And this subreddit does great work in raising awareness for how wonderful pet adoption can be. If you’ve ever adopted a fur baby before, you are probably well aware of how many are sitting in shelters awaiting loving homes. But if you have never considered rescuing a pet, it might be eye opening to hear that about 920,000 innocent animals were euthanized in shelters in 2020 because they were not adopted in time to be saved.

#2

Such A Glow Up In Three Months!!!

Such A Glow Up In Three Months!!!

This Little Guy Was Left Alone In The Rain

This Little Guy Was Left Alone In The Rain

He almost died from pneumonia and severe eye infections made him blind. One year later, this handsome boy lightens my life. His name is Stevie Wonder

To get more information on why it’s important to rescue and adopt cats rather than buy them from breeders, we reached out to Heather Svoboda Miller at the Cat Adoption Team. She told Bored Panda, “When you adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue, you actually help two cats—the kitty you are adding to your home, and the one who will get to come into the shelter now that there’s an open space,” Heather explained.

“No matter how comfortable and loving a shelter and its staff and volunteers are, the shelter and the strangers there are stressful for even the most confident cat. After all, there’s just no substitute for a loving home with a dedicated family of one’s own. When you adopt, you give a cat the chance to feel their best again!”

#4

Who Knew The Goofy The Little Stray We Found Would Turn Into A Stunning Supermodel Cat?!

Who Knew The Goofy The Little Stray We Found Would Turn Into A Stunning Supermodel Cat?!

#5

The Power Of Rescue! I Rescue Animals. This Is Pearl The Day I Got Her, And Her Today In Her Forever Home!

 The Power Of Rescue! I Rescue Animals. This Is Pearl The Day I Got Her, And Her Today In Her Forever Home!

Omg! Poor Pearl! I’m so glad she’s a new shot at life and a forever home!

#6

From Stray To Foster Fail… Wednesday Is Looking Much Better Since Her Intake Photo

From Stray To Foster Fail... Wednesday Is Looking Much Better Since Her Intake Photo

We also asked Heather what kind of transformations she has seen in cats that have been adopted into loving homes. “Recently, a cat named White Lightening Jr. was adopted from Cat Adoption Team after more than 100 days in our care. When he first arrived, it was clear that shelter life was overwhelming him. He would hiss, growl, swat, and lunge at our staff and volunteers,” she explained. “With help from our behavior team, we soon learned that treats and playtime helped White Lightening Jr. feel more relaxed and happy. Even though our team put in a lot of time and effort to make him comfortable, he still didn’t like to be touched and wouldn’t solicit petting or sit in laps.”

“Well, all that changed once he was adopted! His adopter shares that White Lightening Jr. absolutely blossomed once home. He runs up to her purring and excited to see her. He also snuggles in her laps, never swats or hisses, and seems thoroughly joyful now that he’s home! His is just one story. It’s heartwarming to see how a cat who is shy, fearful, or just not very social in a shelter will transform into the snuggliest puddle of love once they get comfy and confident with their new people.”

#7

I Was Told To Share Her In This Community

I Was Told To Share Her In This Community

#8

During Christmas, My Husband And I Pulled This Girl Out Of A Random Persons Car In A Parking Lot

During Christmas, My Husband And I Pulled This Girl Out Of A Random Persons Car In A Parking Lot

I walked by, immediately heard her crying, and rushed to help. It took hours to get her out. Her name is Peanut Butter

#9

You Can Clearly See The Change In Her Eyes

You Can Clearly See The Change In Her Eyes

Lastly, we asked Heather if there are any misconceptions about adopting animals that she would like to dispel. “People sometimes have the impression that animals in a shelter are ‘damaged goods’ who’ve been abused or were given up because they had behavior problems,” she said. “That couldn’t be further from the truth! Most animals in a shelter are lovable, well-behaved, friendly, and from homes where they were cared for and loved in the past. Of course, it’s important to give a newly adopted pet time to unwind and settle in when they make a big transition from the shelter to a home. But once they can relax, they often surprise us by becoming even more fun and affectionate than we could have imagined. It’s definitely worth looking past a scruffy coat or unwelcome behavior to be rewarded with a beatiful, funny, sweet, and loving pet. And even if they never become a lap cat or don’t grow to love time at the dog park, you’ll likely grow to love them and their quirks all the more!”

If you’re interested in adopting a cat of your own or just want more information about the process, you can check out the Cat Adoption Team’s website right here.

#10

My Abby The Day The Animal Shelter Called Me And Now 6 Years Later

My Abby The Day The Animal Shelter Called Me And Now 6 Years Later

 She was found clinging to the side of an oil container, and they were planning on her not leaving the shelter bc of the oil. I rushed to rescue her and scoop her up

#11

[2 Weeks Later] Guess Who Just Got Her All Clear From The Vet!

[2 Weeks Later] Guess Who Just Got Her All Clear From The Vet!

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