Heartwarming Rescue Pet Photos That Will Tug At Your Heartstrings

Looking after a pet certainly comes with a lot of responsibilities. Nevertheless, it also brings us genuine happiness and an unparalleled sense of fulfillment. And nobody probably knows this better than people who have rescued and adopted pets. So, in this post, we’ve compiled rescue pet photos that will surely tug at your heartstrings. Hopefully, their stories will also inspire you to consider adopting the next time you want to add a new member to your family.

One of the benefits of adopting a pet is saving on upfront costs, but it definitely goes beyond that. When you adopt a pet, you’re literally saving a life and giving it another chance. More importantly, you’re also helping unburden shelters and, at the same time, fight breeders and puppy mills. And, of course, the health benefits and bragging rights only come as a bonus. So, if you’re an animal lover, adopting a pet is undeniably one of the best decisions you can make in your life. And these rescue pet photos will prove just that.


“I rarely adopt (I always rescue then adopt lol) but this little cutie that was born with a facial birth defect stole my heart the second I saw her adoption post on Reddit. Please say Hi to my new adopted kitten, Nala!”

kitten with facial birth defect and new owner rescue pet photos


“This Cat Adopted a puppy”

cat hugging adopted puppy rescue pet photos


“My newly adopted friend. I think he likes me”

adopted dog leaning on couch rescue pet photos


“We adopted this 11-year-old senior, ShayShay, today from a woman who couldn’t keep her anymore. Her first photo matches her personality. We are so happy to have you, beautiful girl.”

adopted cat with mouth wide open rescue pet photos


These rescue pet photos and stories will surely tug at your heartstrings


“Our son’s dream of becoming a k-9 officer got one step closer today. We adopted him at 2.5 after his parents passed away. His new best friend, a little girl named Jovi, was born on his biological mother’s birthday. Meant to be!”

boy in police officer uniform with german shepherd puppy rescue pet photos


“Rescued this very good boy, Arnold!! He looks so handsome in his sweater!!”

adopted dog wearing blue sweater rescue pet photos


“We adopted a second cat from a hoarding situation. It turns out he was my cat’s soulmate. The two of them have been inseparable since he arrived.”

two cats cuddling with each other rescue pet photos


“We adopted Nova 12 weeks ago today and I wanted to share with you all how much he has changed since he arrived!”

adopted cat before and after twelve weeks rescue pet photos


“I accidentally adopted a sleeping machine”

adopted puppy sleeping on owner's lap rescue pet photos


“Just rescued this sweet lil old lady, Chloe. She’s 12 and she’s gonna have her finest years yet!”

adopted dog with black and white fur rescue pet photos


“Baby squirrel found alone in apartment loft gets adopted and lives in a cozy hat, his name is conker”

baby squirrel sleeping on a beanie rescue pet photos


“Been telling myself the only way to keep them together is to just adopt them myself. It’s not my fault. I have no choice.”

two adopted tabby cats cuddling rescue pet photos


“This is Dalton, the 13-year-old diabetic dog my family adopted today”

thirteen year old diabetic dog rescue pet photos

Unfortunately, just like any other establishments, pet shelters have also been adversely affected by the ongoing pandemic.


“Since it began, COVID-19 has put an immense amount of strain on animal shelters across the country. Because this is an ever-changing situation, each shelter is facing unique challenges specific to its community.”— Kelly DiCicco, Adoption Promotions Manager of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)


“This is Axel. He was so scared in the animal shelter that he didn’t get adopted for 4 months, and then got returned for ‘being too shy’ when someone finally took him home. He loves his life now! Pure bliss”

adopted cat sleeping peacefully rescue pet photos


Indeed, nobody knows the feeling of happiness and sense of fulfillment that pets bring better than people who have rescued and adopted pets


“Got this little boy from the animal shelter, Reddit meet Percy!”

adopted kitten rescue pet photos


“Stray momma kitty brings her babies to the nice lady who had been feeding her. All kitties were taken in and adopted!”

black mother cat with black kittens and a tabby kitten rescue pet photos


“The stray I adopted came with one little surprise!”

adopted stray cat with surprise kitten rescue pet photos


“A very fluffy good boy that got adopted yesterday.”

adopted white fluffy dog rescue pet photos


“Just adopted both of these little monsters”

two adopted cats sitting on couch rescue pet photos


“This angry cat is named Giggles. He was just adopted from a local shelter”

angry looking cat named giggles rescue pet photos


“My friend adopted a stray cat two months ago vs now”

adopted stray kitten before and after two months


“Broke down and got my first cat because of you guys! Meet Meeghan”

guy posing with new adopted cat


“My boyfriend’s dog, Rex, 3 weeks post-adoption!”

adopted dog wearing red and blue plaid scarf


“I just adopted this gorgeous boy who was saved from a hoarding/breeding situation and he is the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met! Completely obsessed with Tofu”

adopted cat rescued from breeding situation


“Picked up my new best friend from the shelter today! Meet Bosewick!”

lady posing with new adopted dog


“Our newly adopted dog has already found her favorite spot in the morning sun!”

adopted dog favorite spot in the morning

For starters, most shelters have to operate with limited manpower to comply with government-mandated safety and health protocols. In turn, this has meant reducing their operating hours and the services that they are offering to the public. Meanwhile, many shelters are also facing financial difficulties since they’re unable to hold in-person fundraising activities. Likewise, donations have also significantly dropped during these trying times. So, hopefully, these rescue pet photos will inspire you to consider adopting.


“Just adopted”

man carrying adopted puppy while shopping


“We adopted our second kitten last week. He sleeps weird…”

adopted kitten sleeping on the edge of table


“Rescued junkyard dog became HUGE fan of warm and dry towels and blankets.”

adopted dog inside clothes dryer


“Mountain climbing stray at work…adopted!”

stray kitten climbing man's leg


“[RIP] This sweet boy went over the Rainbow Bridge a few days ago and I miss him so much. 17 years of pure puppy love.”

adopted puppy sitting on car passenger seat


“I volunteer for the National Foundation for Animal Rescue. This shoulder kitten in training was recently adopted and now has many shoulders to ride on!”

old man taking selfie with adopted kitten


There are lots of other animals that need adopting to not just cats and dogs


“Adopted Bambi tonight and I’m in love”

adopted rabbit with new owner


“The long adoption paperwork from Animal Control was worth it to bring Winston home.”

adopted tabby kitten


“She seems pretty happy with how her life turned out after adoption”

adopted cat looking happy while sleeping


“Rescue cuddles are best cuddles.”

adopted dog cuddling new owner while sleeping


“I’m back again with a stray that adopted me. Her name is Stoner because she stole my Taco Bell at 3am. Musta had the minchies”

adopted cat with new owner


“After 25+ years, I was finally able to adopt my first cat. Everyone meet, Alaska.”

adopted cat inside a box


“My adopted baby finally healing! Lots of treatment, human herpes medication being the final cure! I love him so much”

adopted cat healing progress


“Big Bertha, one of the 3 ladies I adopted yesterday”

adopted guinea pig with new owner

Despite these hurdles, pet shelters continue their mission of helping stray animals find their new forever homes.


“With hundreds of thousands of animals across the country currently in shelters, with rescue groups, and in foster care, animal welfare organizations are implementing innovative solutions, including virtual or socially-distanced adoptions, online meet-and-greets using video chat, and minimal-contact drop-offs or pickups to help these animals find adoptive homes.”

Let us know which of these rescue pet photos is your favorite! And if you have some pet adoption stories, feel free to share them below in the comment section!