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50 Most Wholesome Rescue Pet Photos Of The Month (July Edition)
There’s hardly any better feeling than rescuing a pet in need, bringing it to its forever home, and giving it all of your love so it can live its best life.
50 Most Wholesome Rescue Pet Photos Of The Month (July Edition)
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There’s hardly any better feeling than rescuing a pet in need, bringing it to its forever home, and giving it all of your love so it can live its best life. Well, get ready to go ‘aww’ and have your heart melt because Bored Panda has collected this month’s most wholesome adopted pet photos.

The silent heroes helping people rescue adorable pets in need are animal welfare organizations and shelters. So we reached out to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to talk about pet adoption, as well as how animal shelters are rising to the challenge presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Adoptions Promotions Manager at the ASPCA, Kelly DiCicco, told Bored Panda all about the immense strain that American animal shelters are under right now.

Scroll down for the full interview, upvote your fave pics, and share photos of your own rescue pets in the comment section below. And if you’re having a particularly tough day at school or at work, then we’ve got some great news: you can overload yourself with cuteness with our earlier blessed rescue pet photos from June, May, April, March, February, and January.

Warning: Top-tier cuteness below!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of unwanted animals all over the world. In the United States alone, around 6.5 million companion animals enter the country’s shelters every single year. Roughly half of these are dogs while cats make up the other half. Though this is grim news, the situation has actually gotten better: the number has dropped from 7.2 million in 2011.

We spoke to DiCicco from the ASPCA about the biggest issues that people tend to have when considering pet adoption and what can be done to alleviate any worries.

“It should be expected that you’ll experience lifestyle changes over the course of the pet’s life, such as moving, having children or getting a new job, so it's important to consider how you will care for your pet during those changes before you add that pet to your family; many shelters offer various forms of support to answer questions you might have before you adopt, or afterward,” DiCicco explained.

“While each shelter is different, pets are generally assessed and then introduced to potential adopters based on the likelihood of compatibility. Every animal is an individual—even those within a specific species or breed—and shelter staff are experts at making matches that work. If you ultimately determine that now is not the best time to adopt, fostering can allow you to change an animal's life for the better and is a rewarding experience for those who choose to become caregivers.”

She continued: “We always encourage adopters to keep an open mind and heart when visiting a shelter or rescue; as you may walk out with a pet you'd never considered before, like a senior animal or an animal who looks nothing like what you originally had in mind. Adopting an animal from a shelter or local rescue organization saves more than one life by freeing up space and resources for another animal in need.”

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has affected lots of American animal shelters. “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,” DiCicco explained to Bored Panda.

“Many shelters have reduced staffing due to social distancing requirements, which has meant reductions or limits to the number and types of services offered to the public. Additionally, shelters have felt the financial impacts of the pandemic, with reduced donations and an inability to host in-person fundraising events, which often play a key role in annual fundraising efforts,” she said.

The coronavirus crisis has created lots of problems. However, shelters are rising to the challenge and are using modern technology to overcome them and to help 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.”

Bored Panda wanted to find out how the adoption rate in 2020 compares to 2019. According to ASPCA’s very own DiCicco, there are some positive trends despite all of the difficulties.

“Adoption and foster rates vary throughout the year, depending on [various] factors, including the population of animals in an organization’s care and whether or not it’s feline breeding season when shelters see an influx of kittens.”

She continued: “The ASPCA did see an initial spike in adoptions in early March, although overall, we saw a decrease in adoptions amid the COVID-19 crisis. This is partly due to the fact that out of an abundance of caution related to the effects of COVID-19 across New York City, we have temporarily closed the ASPCA Adoption Center to the public. More recently, the ASPCA has been leaning on technology to place animals in loving homes safely using video conferencing, and our adoption process has shifted to meet the needs of pets and potential adopters in alignment with the CDC’s guidelines around social distancing.”

DiCicco said that the first few weeks of the stay-at-home orders across the US brought out the best in Americans. “We saw a heartwarming and heroic response from people looking to temporarily foster animals, including a nearly 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care through our NYC and Los Angeles foster programs, compared to the same period in 2019,” she said.

“As the pandemic stretches on, we continue to see growing interest from the public to temporarily foster animals in need. Those looking to foster or adopt should contact their local animal shelters to see what their specific needs are and how they can best help.”

So if you want an adorable rescue pet of your own or simply want to lend a helping hand, give your local animal shelter a ring or send them an email, dear Pandas.

Comments (42)
R L
This has become my favorite monthly post- all positive and all happy news.
Blake Ingram
We have a story of many years ago, maybe 11, when I was 6 or 7 years old. (I'm young). Our dog had just died, and my brother was riding around on the fourwheeler, and down the road, this Chocolate lab-American Pitbull mix had followed him all the way home. She had recently been birthed, and we spoke to the owners, and they let us keep her. Her name is Bella. She is still with us, but part of the breed is that they have bad joints. Her days are numbered, she won't be with us much longer. Around the same time, my sister was driving home one night, and found this Chihuahua abandoned on the side of the highway. She stopped, and he jumped in her car, and she brought him home in the middle of the night. Also around 11 years. Has a lot of grey hair now, and is going deaf and blind. His name is Trigger. Both have been awesome pets, and its going to be a sad day when they are gone. Just thought I would share this story with y'all.
Mainecoonsandhuskies
They said 121 posts but there are 122 and I aint complaining
jknbt jknbt
my new mum who just adopted me is taking me shopping for a new bed, a bowl, and some premium dog food. Yay! https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/happy-dog-shopping-target-5f21ced23b6e6.jpg
jknbt jknbt
would you adopt an injured senior gold cat who needs to be held a lot? (rhetorical question) https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/holdme-5f21cbd01d69c.jpg
deanna woods
I love to see animals getting a forever home with caring and loving people. Like some other people have said: adopt, don't shop.
jknbt jknbt
my new family has come to pick me up and take me to my new forever home... Hooray! https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/newfamily-5f21cfa3d09df.jpg
Eve
The more I see pictures of rescued cats and dogs, the more I'm thinking to adopt a cat.
Danielle Renee
no better way to start your day than a bunch of kitten pics!!
Anna Salerno
Really enjoyed this post. Pets are so dependent on us for everything. We must never Let them down. Kudos to these great people for giving these awesome pets a loving home.
Courtney Christelle
Nick(cat)- shelter. Salem(cat)-randomly brought home by my sister. Sango(cat/formally known as Peaches)- given to me by a friend who couldn't take her with her. Spitz(cat)- feral taken in by my mother. Teddy Bear(dog)- my precious wiener dog who was returned by his first humans because they wanted their money back to buy drugs. And last but not least Storm(dog)- Humane Society, big boy that doesn't know he's big. The only person who wasn't always trying to bring another animal into the house was my brother.
Krazy Kanuck
Choco The Wonder dog. I rescued him from an animal abuser in the Interior of BC, in 2001, he was killed by a drunk driver in 2005 https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Choco-5f222c6413ef5.jpg
Amelia Betts. Ido this for free
My cat and i gave each other 21.5years of pure joy i. Will miss kiki as long as i live
Erick Blood
Thank you for this post and all of you who make this post happen.
jknbt jknbt
the new dog said it will take some time to get used to getting dressed up to go to the dog park... https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/allstressedout-5f21cd2fe4f6d.jpg
Luna Lovegood
They are all the goodest bois and girls. I love them and I want to pet them all!!! (except the fish of course. I don't think he would appreciate pets.) <3
backatya
Great animals
the child
These are all so cute! They all look ecstatic to be in a caring fam at last. If I ever think about getting a pet, remind me to adopt <3<3<3
Aunt Messy
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