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!”


“This Cat Adopted a puppy”


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


“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.”


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!”


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


“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.”


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


“I accidentally adopted a sleeping machine”


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


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


“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.”


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

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”


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!”


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


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


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


“Just adopted both of these little monsters”


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


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


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


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


“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”


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


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

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”


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


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


“Mountain climbing stray at work…adopted!”


“[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.”


“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!”


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


“Adopted Bambi tonight and I’m in love”


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


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


“Rescue cuddles are best cuddles.”


“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”


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


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


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

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!