20 Adorable Rescue Dogs' Before-and-After Photos That Will Warm Your Heart
These pictures of rescue dogs will make you want to adopt.
If there's one thing that all humans can agree on, it's that dogs are the best. All they want to do is spread love and joy wherever they go. But sadly, they don't always receive that love and joy in return—and it's especially heartbreaking to see abandoned pups waiting patiently for someone to care about them. On the flip side, however, few things are more heartwarming than seeing one of those dogs find the perfect forever home, rebound, and make a healthy recovery. Here are 20 rescue dogs' before-and-after photos that will restore your faith and melt your heart.
1. Rosie, who doesn't cry anymore
Sarah Jennings Sleime, a volunteer for the Greater Charlotte SPCA in North Carolina, posted what became a viral video of Rosie, a sullen pit bull. "She was very humanlike—slumped over and very solemn,” Sleime told The Dodo of her encounter with Rosie at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control. “So I bent over and started talking to her.” That's when the dog began to cry. Sleime was so touched that she posted a video of Rosie online to help her find a forever home.
The pup was eventually adopted by Sleime's friend Meghan Shelton and is so happy in her new home. Rosie knocked over her new brothers and sisters with kisses as soon as she met them. It just doesn't get any sweeter than that. The before-and-after photos of this rescue dog really show that all it takes is kindness and care to turn a pup's life around.
2. Merlin, who grew into a big boy
We've just received a lovely update on Messi (now Merlin) from his #adopters. The litter came in to our care from a local vets to be #handreared at just 1 day old. We were led to believe they were #Staffie x #Hound – you can certainly see the hound in them now! #adopted #rescued pic.twitter.com/8BPm0ttebj
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) March 25, 2019
When Merlin showed up at Hope Rescue, a U.K.-based charity that strives to find new homes for rescue dogs, he was extremely tiny. In his first days in the world, he was hand-reared by local vets. Eventually, he was adopted and went through a major growth spurt, and he's now a full-sized confident pup. As the before-and-after photos prove, this rescue dog finally grew into his super floppy ears!
3. Rosa, who is finally able to sleep by herself
Look at the transformation of gorgeous Rosa. She was rescued from the public shelter, so scared, curled up on top of her best friend Natalie. She is in foster in the UK, ready for adoption. Her foster carer says she is a dream #dog.#AdoptDontShop #rescuedog pic.twitter.com/Yh0uV6lDyS
— Barking Mad Dog Rescue (@BMDRdogs) July 5, 2018
Rosa was extremely shy and terrified of everything when she arrived at Barking Mad Dog Rescue, an organization that rescues shelter dogs in Romania and finds them forever homes in Germany and the U.K. She couldn't even sleep by herself without her best canine pal! But with the care and love of a new foster home, she confidently claimed the couch as her personal domain.
4. Wispa, who loves playing with her new rescue brother
We were thrilled to receive a lovely update on beautiful Wispa. Remember when she came in to our care as an abandoned #puppy? She had mites, bad ears & eyes, & painful sores all over her little body. She is now living her best life with her Hope Rescue brother Barney❤️#rescued pic.twitter.com/TCUqhbXNby
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) August 29, 2019
Wispa was abandoned on the streets and found with mites and sores all over her body. With the help of Hope Rescue and eventually, her new family (including rescue brother Barney), she grew into a happy, friendly, healthy little dog.
5. Winnie, who went from abused to adored
— JoBo (@Brimau16) January 22, 2019
When Winnie's adoptive parents found her, she was muddy and dirty and looked like she hadn't bathed in months. But now, as you can see in this rescue pup's before-and-after pictures, she's snow white again and happy as can be! And to see the benefits of adopting an older dog, check out the 20 Photos That Show Why Senior Dogs Are the Best.
6. Judy, who grew into a joyful ball of fluff
March '18 we saw this terrified little girl in pound, her owner in a hospice. She was supposedly unfriendly & fearful but in fact she was just terrified 💔We didn't have space but couldn't leave her. 2nd pic is Judy on Monday 🥰#Adopted #RescueDog #AdoptDontShop #WoofWednesday pic.twitter.com/kMq0d6e9sx
— Pawprints Dog Rescue (@PDRescue) March 27, 2019
When her previous owner had to go into hospice care, little Judy was left in the care of Pawprints Dog Rescue, an organization in the U.K. that finds homes for shelter dogs at risk for being put down. The volunteers were initially told that Judy was unfriendly, but they quickly realized she was just scared, and eventually, they united her with a new human. Now in a loving home, Judy no longer has to be scared of anything. She spends her days keeping her new mom company and getting tons of belly rubs.
7. Cleo, a brave girl who overcame so much
It’s taken Cleo the #ItalianGreyhound over 18 months to be treated to her many health issues. This weekend she was finally #adopted by her lovely #fosterfamily. Just look how far she has come❤️ #foreverhome pic.twitter.com/1lvDQdf5mK
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) April 15, 2019
Cleo, an Italian Greyhound, came to Hope Rescue frightened and famished. She was plagued with so many health issues, it took a year-and-a-half for her to be fully treated. Recently, she found her forever home—in good health, and even better spirits.
8. MadZ, who lived a full and happy life
MadZ Pup – the before- what I saw when I got the call to go save her. The after, I took her to the beach to show her how her life would be like going forward. #MadZ #dogsoftwitter #rescuedog #Goldenretrievers #GRC pic.twitter.com/XlOt8GGNJP
— Karen and MadZ Pup (@missingmypup) March 19, 2019
Before MadZ met her human Karen, she was horribly mistreated by her owners. Karen found her laying on the ground, abandoned and tied to a post. So she took the pup in, and quickly brought her to the beach to show her how great life could be. MadZ has since passed away, but she was loved so much by her owner that she dedicated her Twitter handle to late dog.
9. Rockett, who can finally rest easy
Rocket came in to our care 11 years ago – a very unusual mix of a #GermanShepherd x #ChineseCrestedPowderpuff! He is celebrating his #GotchaDay today. He's pictured below on the day he came in & today 💕 #adopted #rescuedog #AdoptDontShop pic.twitter.com/XtdRKgDrEv
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) April 14, 2019
When he first came into the care of Hope Rescue, Rockett was tiny and disheveled. But, after more than a decade, this adorable mutt scored the happy ending he always deserved.
10. Betty, who loves the great outdoors
N'awww this was betty 4 years ago, she was very quiet and scared in the shelter, very young aswell, she has come a long way 🦅 #redstaffy #rescuedog #beauty #newcastlecatanddogshelter #staffymoments #staffordshirebullterrier #doggy pic.twitter.com/o3nfn6J2rz
— Betty boo (@Emilywhigham3) March 14, 2019
Betty was very shy when her owner Emily met her in the shelter. (See how frightened she looks in the first frame?) Four years later, she's out and about, conquering the great outdoors with her new human. Betty is so loved, her new family posts regular updates about her on her dedicated Twitter account.
11. Willow, who can't get enough sun
We have just received a beautiful photo of Amber (now Willow) enjoying the #Spring sunshine🌷☀️ She came in to our care last June as a #puppy. #adopted #lurcher #foreverhome #SpringFever pic.twitter.com/EARqKFGwH6
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) March 24, 2019
Willow was a tiny puppy when she arrived at Hope Rescue. Now, she's grown into a well-fed adult dog who just can't get enough sunshine.
12. Beatrix, who grew back a bunch of lost fur
Beatrix the #Chihuahua stray has doing being really well in her #fosterhome. Her fur is beginning to grow back & she is enjoying life living with other dogs and horses. Thank you to everyone who has #donated towards her care 💕#AdoptDontShop #rescuedog pic.twitter.com/zkw9PPaIzy
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) May 12, 2019
You can see just how much Beatrix the chihuahua loves her human in these pictures. When Hope Rescue first found her, she wasn't in great shape—she didn't even have fur on half of her left side! But thanks to a new home and an influx of donations, which helped with medical care, her fur started to grow back, and she now spends her days playing with other dogs and horses.
13. Violetica, who bounced back from malnourishment
This is how Violetica was found, and how she is now thanks to the love and care of Gaby at @espeanimalve A good reminder to never lose hope for a better tomorrow no matter how dire things might look today! 🐾🇻🇪 #Venezuela #rescuedog #hope pic.twitter.com/V1F0VfuWgV
— ASCA (@PawShelterSOS) March 5, 2019
The situation was dire for Violetica, who was so malnourished when rescuers found her that her ribs were showing. Thanks to the care of her new human, Gaby, and her new home, Violetica is now as happy and healthy as a pup can be. Just look at that smile!
14. Sam, who learned how to trust
Sam; before and after I adopted him! Honestly, the greatest joy comes from adopting a shut-down, completely unsocialised, "unadoptable" semi-feral dog& helping them become a happy, trusting & loving one who excels in trick training!#NationalPetDay #RescueDog #forcefreetraining pic.twitter.com/7f9E0RsqHz
— Carrie Hoade (@serendipityxx7) April 11, 2019
Sam's new mom, Carrie Hoade, couldn't be prouder of this little guy, who went from being "completely unsocialized, 'unadoptable,' [and] semi-feral" to "happy, trusting, and loving." He's even a trick master these days. Go Sam!
15. Comet, who loosened up after just a day
This is what #rescue looks like.
— Oldie Wan Kenobi 🌊❄️🏳️🌈🐕 (@oldiewankenobe) December 25, 2018
One day, Comet was in a cage, frightened and meek. The next, after getting adopted by his dad, he was snoozing in the living room, completely and utterly at home in Indiana on Christmas Day. Our hearts are melting, too!
16. Skye, who tripled her weight in half a year
Just back from the #Vets for Skye’s 6 month check up she’s in #Perfect health.
She now ways 13.6kg! What a difference to the 4.5kg she weighed when the @RSPCA_official rescued her! #RescueDog #Staffy pic.twitter.com/w8u7ZJwBJ0
— Hayley Carle (@HCarle88) October 24, 2018
When Hayley Carle first met her dog Skye, she was emaciated, malnourished, and unhealthy. But six months later, she's left the pound and packed on the pounds. "She brightens up every day," says Carle. How could you say no to those belly rubs?!
17. Magnum, who survived infected injuries
Meet Magum! 😍
This old boy has the most fascinating ‘tail’ to tell…
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It will make the world of difference ❤️
— NOWZAD (@Nowzad) July 17, 2018
Magnum was found with infected wounds on his head, neck, and ears, and it was clear someone had up and abandoned him. However, thanks to the good folks at Nowzad, a war zone animal rescue nonprofit in, his injuries have healed, and he now lives at the org, getting all the attention and affection he deserves.
18. Gucci and Frankie, who found a new home together
Our super #BankHolidayWeekend of #adoptions ended on a high. Lovely Gucci & Frankie left for their #foreverhome together. They came in to the centre in a pitiful condition & it's been a pleasure to watch them blossom. Thanks again to @burnspetfood for their kind #sponsorship💗 pic.twitter.com/K8q8NTfvgc
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) April 22, 2019
Gucci and Frankie came to Hope Rescue filthy, freezing, and frightened of everything. However, the volunteers didn't give up on them and, after awhile, they blossomed into two happy pups. Look at them leaving for their new home, with a new sibling in tow!
19. Beautiful Tempest, who grew into his own
Beautiful Tempest is one of the #Husky x #Collie litter we took in a couple of months ago – he's now 6 months old. He's grown in to a handsome lad 💕#rescuepuppy #dogsoftwitter #adopted #foreverhome pic.twitter.com/EjOvUzhVqJ
— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) March 24, 2019
Beautiful Tempest arrived at Hope Rescue as an extremely shy puppy. But after six months, he became a dog worthy of the name bestowed upon him.
20. Pancake, who beat the odds
Is it the same dog ? Is it really Pancake? Your support makes it happen ❤️
— Galgos del Sol (@GalgosdelSol) July 21, 2019
Pancake was a stray dog in Murcia, Spain, before he was rescued by Galgos del Sol, an organization dedicated to saving stray Spanish greyhounds and Warren Hounds. In the care of this Spanish nonprofit, Pancake blossomed from a scared, sick, stray puppy into a healthy, happy, good boy. Sometimes, a little love is all it takes.