Owners Share Photos of Their Cats Before and After Adoption and The Transformations Are Heartwarming

When it comes to shelter cats, many of us cat owners know the value of saving a life through adoption. And, after all, when we rescue a cat, a lot of times it’s those special cats that rescue us, too. If you’ve ever opened your heart and home to a cat in need, then you know exactly how special those bonds formed can be.

Shelter cats never choose the shelter life. And when they end up in shelters, they are frightened and often in poor health. Whether they’ve been abandoned, surrendered, or were found wandering, the shelter life is no life for a cat. Every cat deserves a chance to feel loved, appreciated, and know where its next meal is coming from. And don’t forget about all the cuddles and cat treats they could ever ask for!

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Even if you have a heartwarming story of your own about a rescue cat that you’ve saved, these images of beautiful rescue cat glow-ups are sure to brighten your day. Poli Paw has compiled a list of the most heartwarming cats on their adoption day vs now that proves just how powerful rescuing a cat can be.

Amazing Transformations, Then and Now Photos

“Its Been A Year”

“I Had To Fight My Wife To Not Leave Him At The Shelter—she Was Concerned He’d Either Cost Us A Ton Of Money In Vet Bills Or Die Soon Since He Was So Sickly, Turns Out He Just Needed Food And Kisses”

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: The Saluki is the world’s oldest dog breed. They appear in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 2100 B.C.

“Took A Chance, And Decided To Rehabilitate This Boy Instead Of Letting Him Be Put Down. One Of The Best Decisions Of My Life”

There are approximately 1.5 million shelter animals euthanized each year and most are felines.

When you adopt from a shelter, you are not only giving them a forever home but you aretaking them off “death row”.

“He’s A Whole Lot Better Compared To When He Was First Rescued! My Friend Took Him In. He’s Playful And Living His Best Life”

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A Local Vet Treated This Rescued Stray From A Bad Case Of Fungus/Ringworm Few Months Ago. Look At Her Now”
Louise also says “we’re working hard not only to change the perception of pets in rescue” but also to help people who can’t cope with their pet. “We seek to take the ‘shame’ away from people who are struggling to cope with their pet and decide to rehome or their circumstances change.” The Blue Cross team never judges anyone.
“Rey When I Found Her On The Street And At 1 Year Old. Good Job, Baby Girl!”

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Dogs have a sense of time. It's been proven that they know the difference between a hour and five. If conditioned to, they can predict future events, such as regular walk times.

“Two Months Of Love Changed Mr. Biscuits

“After 6 Months Spent In A Shelter, They Thought He Would Never Get Adopted Due To Him Having FIV. Now He’s Been My Bud For Over A Year And Living His Best Life.”

“Just A Year Apart”

“From Being Found In Our Woodshed Two Years Ago With Wounds The Vet Believes Was From A Coyote , To Yesterday A Happy Healthy House Kitty. Meet Chip!”

Socialize your pet. This is especially important for puppies. Again – behavior problems are the number one reason dogs don’t stay with their families and don’t get adopted by new families. Lack of proper socialization can result in inappropriate fears, aggressive behavior, general timidity, and a host of other behavior problems that are difficult to extinguish once a dog is mature.

“Make sure everyone in a family wants a pet and understands their responsibilities, the time needed, and financial commitment before getting a pet.” Everyone involved should be happy in the end.

“When We Got Hilda She Was Very Underweight After Having Recently Given Birth; Somewhere In The Last 6 Months She Turned Into A Long Haired Beauty Queen!”

“I Found This Kitten Dumped In The Middle Of A Road Too Weak And Hungry To Get To Safety. The Photo On The Right Is What 6 Days Of Cuddles By The Fireplace, Lots Of Food And A Cozy Bed Can Do.”

The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.

Apollo Has Given Us Just As Much As We Have Been Able To Give Him”
“2 years ago today I walked into a Petsmart and met a cat named Sonny who no one would adopt because he was 13 years old, covered in fleas, underweight, and had a mouth full of rotten teeth that had to be removed. He came home with me that night and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Love your pet. You are your pet’s favorite thing in the whole world. He craves your love, attention and care. So show him the love and devotion he shows you!

“so much healthier!”

“This Is My Best Friend LCDR Ryker. I Was Told You All Like These Kind Of Stories.”
Frank At A Couple Weeks vs. Almost A Year, Also Threw In The Christmas Photo With His Brother Teddy”

“Got My Feral Kittens At 4 Weeks Old And Now They’re All Grown Up”

“My James Won’t Ever Be Cold Again”

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“Jerry, Found In A Box With His Siblings, Covered In Oil And Fleas At A Couple Of Weeks Old. Now, At 11 Weeks, Healthy And So Lazy. We Fostered All Four Siblings And Adopted Him Ourselves.”

“Found This Girl In Need While In Greece, Now She Is Our Chunky Mischief Maker.”

“The Week I Rescued Him And 4 Months Later. He’s A Terrible Office Assistant”

Move over Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!)

Wally Update Pt.2. He Chonkin’ Up Nicely”
“One Month Ago, I Found This Baby In The Wheel Of My Forklift At Work. Now She Lives At Home With Me. Meet Emmy (6 Weeks vs. 10 Weeks)”

If you have a rescue cat story, please share it in the comments!