Every pet deserves a good and loving home, and in a perfect world, they would have it. We took them from the wild thousands of years ago, made them lose their survival skills, and taught them to be at our sides. And now we discard them when we get bored with them. It’s incredible how cruel we can sometimes be.
In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any need for animal shelters. Luckily, some people are working hard on reducing the need for them. They are adopting animals and sharing their before and after photos, thus raising awareness.
Most importantly, they show all of us who have dilemmas about adopting what difference we can make in one poor animal’s life, and then globally. We have compiled a list of the best photos from the r/BeforeNAfterAdoption subreddit, and we know you are going to enjoy them
With more than 3.3 million pooches going into animal shelters each year, the ASPCA people are experts on the adoption subject.
Kelly DiCicco, their Adoptions Promotions Manager, told the reporters that people shouldn't rush things when it comes to presenting pets to new family members. Patience will pay off eventually. The same methods apply both to dogs and cats.
"Do not approach the dog or cat, but allow them to come to you. If the animal begins to show signs of feeling uncomfortable, you should end your session and try again later."
DiCicco said that some hints indicate that your new pet is feeling uneasy and wants some alone time.
“In dogs, this could include ‘whale eyes’—a term used to describe when a dog shows the whites of their eyes—paw lifts, lip licking, yawning, and pacing. In cats, this may include hissing, swatting, and keeping their ears pinned back,” she explained.
“People don’t like being forced to interact with someone they’re not comfortable with, and neither do pets! Giving the dog or cat a few of its favorite tasty treats during these sessions can help.”
This is so true – treats always help, even with humans.
DiCicco added that keeping “an open mind and heart” is best when going to an animal shelter. You might end up taking home a pet you never even considered earlier. DiCicco emphasized that people who want to adopt a pet should ask the shelter staff absolutely everything they want to know.
“Every shelter has a unique population of animals, and no one knows them like the people who work with them every day. Plus, shelter staff have expertise in making successful matches and can help prospective adopters decide whether an animal is a good personality and lifestyle fit. They also consider a potential adopter’s lifestyle, home environment, and the animal’s potential compatibility with children and other animals in the home in order to make matches that are a good fit,” she concluded.