Shelter Dogs And Their Adopted Parents Meeting For The First Time

Published on 05/19/2019
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As humans, we will never know what dogs feel when they get adopted. The best we can do is wager a guess, but it is very reasonable to assume that they are scared and nervous. We can’t blame them at all since they are about to be removed from everything they know. However, there are also those that cannot hide how happy they are to meet the people they get to call their new owners. These touching moments have luckily been caught on camera! We present to you some of the most emotional first meetings between human and dogs.

When Shelter Dogs And Their Adopted Parents Meet For The First Time

Shelter Dogs And Their Adopted Parents Meeting For The First Time

First Bite!

Someone might need to tell this dog the difference between the figurative and the literal. He took “I’ve got your nose” a little too far, didn’t he? Well, we won’t take it against him since occasions like this one truly bring out the animal in all of us. At the very least, we can see just how excited he actually was.

First Bite

First Bite!

Worth Keeping

When she first found this adorable little pup on the sidewalk, her first instinct was to go to the local shelter. However, she changed her mind as soon as she saw the face on this pooch. Instead, she took a left turn to go home. If you ask us, this is a much more satisfying ending.

Worth Keeping

Worth Keeping

First Selfie

This puppy clearly has no problems posing for the camera. Upon figuring out that he wanted a selfie, she brought out her best smile! The guy must have felt more than happy with his decision to adopt her.

First Selfie

First Selfie

Put Your Hands Up

Now, it is fairly easy to tell how this pup feels about the adoption. The same thing applies to her new owner. The new family appears completely excited that she is now one of them. My, we cannot come up with a better way to start the new chapter of their lives together!

Put Your Hands Up

Put Your Hands Up

Morning Call

We doubt that there is anyone who does not enjoy a lovely and delicious breakfast in bed. However, what if we tell you there is something even better to wake up to? We want to introduce you to the concept of a puppy wakeup call. Wouldn’t you prefer seeing this first thing in the morning over bacon and eggs?

Morning Call

Morning Call

Loving Look

My, look at how smitten these two are! They must be imagining what the future would be like, now that they have each other in it. If that isn’t it, perhaps the little pooch is merely guilting him into giving him more treats.

Loving Look

Loving Look

Happy Smile

This dog clearly has everything life has to offer, and he knows it! We would love to be in her shoes, with someone hugging us and the sun shining down on our face. That winning smile tells us everything we need to know. She deserves it, we are sure!

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Happy Smile

Lovey-Dovey

When you adopt a dog, you are the one responsible for dealing out kisses and hugs. Tata the pup must have been enjoying this tender moment. It is no joke to get adopted and go home with a family. The pup seems to be incredibly happy where she is. You could say the same thing for her owner!

Lovey-dovey

Lovey-Dovey

Cute Christmas Present

When you want something very badly, it should go on top of your wish list during the holiday season. This man has been doing that year after year to no avail. According to his wife, it will only be one more mouth to feed. However, things turned around for him this Christmas. You can tell by his face that not only was he very surprised that his dream came true, but he was also incredibly happy! Good for him.

Cute Christmas Present

Cute Christmas Present

Puppy Love

When you spend the whole day capturing criminals and keeping the peace, we are sure you are going to be very stressed. We all know that cops have to deal with a lot at work. No matter how tough they might seem, even they can’t resist cooing over cute little pups! This cop practically melted after this hug.

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

Rock-a-bye Baby

She simply could not stop going in and cradling this dog as soon as they met. We can easily tell that she loves him, and the pup seems to enjoy the attention just as much. That smile is all the proof we need. The two are about to embark on a new life full of love and hugs. We hope they are ready.

Rockabye Baby

Rock-a-bye Baby

A Bear Of A Dog

Here was how one Reddit user described his situation: “I went to adopt a dog and ended up with a bear.” It might not have exactly lived up to his expectations, but he seems happy with the result nonetheless. We are sure this huge dog will make others wary about messing with this dude!

Bear-Dog

A Bear Of A Dog

Cute First Photo

Most people who adopt dogs do not normally go with older ones. It might be sad, but this is mainly because older dogs are more prone to having health issues. Not a lot of people can afford to pay for the health care they would need to address this. It is certainly a good thing there are people like this guy who does not mind at all. This was snapped outside of the shelter where they found the dog. Cute!

Cute First Photo

Cute First Photo

Can We Take Him Home?

We came up with two things she was probably trying to say with that face. It was either “I love this dog very much” or “Can we keep him?” Of course, it is also very possible that she was trying to say both at the same time. We are sure that a bright future awaits the two of them.

Can We Take Him Home

Can We Take Him Home?

Perfect Present

How can you possibly not feel emotional when you get a new pet? This guy shows us just how touched he felt when his partner surprised him with the loveliest gift imaginable. We are sure his partner was equally touched. As a gift giver, the highest form of praise is when the receiver starts crying out of joy.

Perfect Present

Perfect Present

Similar Expressions

Don’t you wish your pet was just as game to pose for a photo whenever you want? Imagine all the fun pictures you can take and share with your friends! This dude clearly won the lottery when he decided that this dog was coming home with him. Do you think they are ready for a life of fun and adventure?

Similar Expressions

Similar Expressions

Happy Pill

In this day and age, mental health issues seem to be more prevalent. This lady was suffering from depression, but things got better for her after the adoption of this cute little pup. You can see below how happy she was when she went home with her new life companion. We are glad for them both!

Happy Pill

Happy Pill

Staring Contest

When you have a grumpy dad, we offer you a solution in the form of a cute pup. The bond between these two began with a staring contest. We can’t tell who won, but odds are good that the puppy did.

Staring Contest

Staring Contest

Power Nap

Ahh, what could possibly be more relaxing than this image? If you ask us, a sleeping child and a sleeping dog go hand in hand. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are normally quiet and peaceful, however. The two are merely filling up their energy reserves for more antics as soon as they wake up!

Power Nap

Power Nap

Lots of Love

Every single puppy out there deserves a kid who will give them as much love as they want. This dog sure got lucky during the adoption process! This could easily pass for a still from some Pixar film, right? His love for his new furry friend sure does come through the screen.

Lots of Love

Lots of Love

Dog Kisses

This is a photo that is full of enthusiasm. We can clearly see that this adorable pup adores the heck out of his new owner. In fact, he could no longer contain his emotions and simply had to lick her on the nose. On Reddit, one user posted this: “The camera may have been quick enough to catch this protruding puppy’s tongue, but it still couldn’t capture his fast-flicking tail!”

Dog Kisses

Dog Kisses

Mischievous Look

This young girl was clearly thrilled with what her parents got her as a Christmas gift. You can just tell that she was already planning the various mischiefs she was going to get into with her new dog.

Mischievous Look

Mischievous Look

Bear Hug

Aww, how content does this young man look?! The dog appears to be doublechecking if he is giving the hug the right amount of pressure. Well, good boy, we will have you know that you deserve full marks.

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Bear Hug

2 Peas In A Pod

Nothing could be more exciting for a dog in a shelter than the day they get adopted! This old fella here shows us how excited he was. The owner even had to come back to the back seat to give him all the hugs and cuddles he deserved. What a good way to begin their life together!

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2 Peas In A Pod

Old & Young

When her husband died, this elderly lady started to feel lonely. Although we have not been in her shoes, we are sure that nothing could be more devastating than losing your life companion. Luckily, her son had a fantastic idea. He gave her this puppy and snapped the photo the moment he gave him to her!

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Old & Young

Grateful

The look on this pup’s face tells us just how grateful she is that he chose her over every other dog in the shelter. Clearly, she was not having a blast living there. She must be happy her savior finally came!

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Grateful

Who’s More Excited?

When you adopt a dog, the whole family is going to be excited and emotional. The children, however, tend to be more excited than the others. Sarah could not believe she finally got to keep this good boy.

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Who’s More Excited?

“I Wub You Papa”

We are extremely happy whenever we hear of people who opt to adopt senior dogs. This pooch must be 12 years old or even older, but that did not matter to this guy. He must have a heart of gold! This dog has every reason to feel excited. Now the only thing he has to worry about is the next adventure.

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“I Wub You Papa”

Just Keep Scratching

If this dog could talk, he probably has something like this in mind: “Ooh yes. That’s the right spot, human. Keep scratching. You’re doing great!” He just found out that he was going to be adopted by this lovely woman. He clearly has no problem with that at all.

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Just Keep Scratching

“I’m Going Home!”

Aside from the fact that his collar goes with her shirt, their smiles are equally blinding! The pup is probably excited that he is finally headed to his forever home. Meanwhile, his owner is thrilled to bring Max home. These two are in for a lifetime of happiness together.

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“I’m Going Home!”

Pure Joy

Many pet stores organize adoption fairs, during which they hand out free toys and food to anyone who adopts. Sasha just learned that she was about to go home with these fantastic people. Doesn’t it look like she just got a glimpse of heaven? What a sweet collar she has on as well!

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Pure Joy

Eyes, Ears & Mouth Open

When some people are given amazing news, they tend to have a physical reaction to express their positive feelings. Some of us will have our eyes, ears, and mouths pop open. With that said, this dog must have received fantastic news… or maybe noticed a bear passing by. Let us hope it was the former!

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Eyes, Ears & Mouth Open

Big Hug

A hug is usually the most effective way to let people know you are happy or excited. This huge dog was clearly excited by the prospect of getting adopted by such a nice man. After they went home, he was pleasantly surprised to find that he now has a brother as well! Slobbery kisses, here we go.

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Big Hug

Nap Time

When someone is at ease, you can expect them to fall asleep without a problem whatsoever. This dog appears extremely contented in the arms of his new mom. We doubt that you can wake him up easily, however. If you are lucky enough to fall into this deep of a slumber, no one should disturb you!

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Nap Time

Kisses Galore

Just like humans, dogs have different preferences. There are those who like hugs, there are those who like kisses… However, what they all have in common is that they prefer doing this to their owner more than anyone else! As a welcome home gift, this dog decided to lick his new owner all over his face!

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Kisses Galore

Jus’ Got Adopted #rescue

Oh, isn’t this the most adorable bandana ever? It sure looks good on this pup. Way to make his eye color pop! At any rate, this dog could not believe that he is finally going to his forever home. Meanwhile, his owner appears to be just as thrilled!

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Jus’ Got Adopted #rescue

So. Flipping. Excited.

We all know how extraordinary it is when you find your forever home. It is not something that happens every day, after all. His new owner sure feels blessed about this new arrangement, and the shirt is proof. The expression on this dog might just be our favorite from the whole list.

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So. Flipping. Excited.

Tongues Out

It is either super hot on that day or this dog was just very thrilled to finally leave the shelter. If we have to wager a guess, we would like to think it is the latter. The new owner seems to be satisfied with herself at any rate!

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Tongues Out

Best Friends For Life

Not only are dogs adorable, but they can also be extremely helpful! This is a handicap-assist dog who just got to meet the special needs teen who happens to be his new owner. After months of waiting, the two finally got to share an embrace! We are sure that these two will come to love each other a lot.

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Best Friends For Life

Can’t Stop Smiling

She was still filling out the adoption papers, but Mika could not help but express his joy. He was actually smiling the entire way home! How sweet is that? Not only that, but she looks just as excited as he does!

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Can’t Stop Smiling

Secret Time

When you have a big secret, there are times when you feel like spilling it. We don’t recommend betraying the trust of that person, but there are other things you can do. Just follow in her footsteps and tell your dog instead! Wouldn’t it be even more adorable if the secret is actually about his adoption?!

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Secret Time

A New Pillow

When your parents bring home a very fluffy Alaskan Malamute, the best thing you can do is cuddle with it and even use it as a pillow of sorts! The young girl seems to know what she was doing. It’s a good thing her fluffy new friend was more than happy to do it.

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A New Pillow

Feeling Loved

Everyone, we want you to meet Paws, who just came from Paws In The City in Dallas. His new mommy is one Hallie Noble, and she was thrilled to come home with her new friend. She was quick to show him her love, which is perfectly fine with him.

Feeling Loved

Feeling Loved

Feels So Right

We are glad that someone managed to snap this amazing photo of Dusty and his new mom. That hug sure makes us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. The photographer clearly captured the essence of adoption: raw, beautiful, and touching!

Feels So Right

Feels So Right

Is This Really Happening?

As they were taking the elevator down to the parking space, Penny finally realized that the time has come and she was going home with this man. That face is simply priceless! She seems to be happy that John Sechrist has become both her new father and her savior.

Is This Really Happening

Is This Really Happening?

Yeaaaaah!

Sarah Brown Carter is Roxy’s new mom. According to her, nothing keeps the whole family happier and more social than their new pet does. That gorgeous smile is proof! Man, do humans even deserve dogs?

Yeaaaaah

Yeaaaaah

Home At Last

Rex underwent some trauma before this photo was taken. When he was younger, he suffered terrible neck trauma after his previous owner forced a shock collar on him. Luckily, things are now looking up for him. No longer does he have to worry about pain and neglect since Dan is here to shower him with love.

Home At Last

Home At Last

All Smiles

This little fella right here has a very fitting name: Fluke! His new owner, Josh Patrick, adopted him in November 2017. They have only gotten closer since then. This was their first ever picture, but you can bet that they have taken a lot more photos since that day.

All Smiles

All Smiles

Pure Ecstasy

You would be so incredibly wrong if you think the only one who benefits from adoption is the dog. Here was what Kelsi Keys had to say about adopting Dax: “Adopting Dax is one of the best decisions I have ever made. He has been there through all of the ups and downs of my life. He is the best adventure partner and cuddle-buddy. I keep him safe and he keeps me wild.”

Pure Ecstasy

Pure Ecstasy

Now We’re Family

Just in case you were not aware, it can be super challenging to adopt a new pet when you already have a couple of animals in the house. This couple was not sure how their other household pets would feel about Cora. They already had a dog and three cats by then. It was a good thing that Cora fit in right away! This photo shows them as they came home from a BISSELL Pet Foundation event in Grand Rapids.

Now Were Family

Now We’re Family

Instant Pals

The adorable cattle dog you can see here was discovered in a field. Her name is Terabyte. The people who found her eventually figured that she is actually deaf! Luckily, that did not matter one bit to the people she now gets to call her family. Below, you can see her getting into the car with her brother.

Instant Pals

Instant Pals

Picture Perfect

Readers, this adorable little dog here is Hazel from Oakland. She lives with a family who is in love with her. An aunt of hers said, “My family is quite obsessed with her.” We can all see why that is the case!

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

What’s Going On?

Jenna Gunselman is Oliver’s new mom. Here was how she recounted his first day with them: “The first time we took Oliver on a car ride, he was shaking and crying (we assume because the only time he had ever been in a car before was to take him to the shelter). Now he loves car rides because he knows he’s going to get to see a new friend or go play somewhere!”

Whats Going On

What’s Going On

Road To Recovery

Christina Haberkern went to a shelter to hopefully find the right companion for Zoe, her handicapped Labrador. That was when they discovered the revelation that was Marty. Apparently, it was Zoe herself who found him. She pulled her owner to his pen. The two got to know each other some more at that point, but it was clearly love at first sight! Don’t you just love stories about instant connections?

Road To Recovery

Road To Recovery

Before And After

The first photo below shows us Suki on the day that she was adopted. Meanwhile, the second one was taken nine years after that fateful day. Even though she looked a little confused in the beginning, she looks incredibly happy now. Her was what her mother said: “Suki has been a major support for me, especially for my mood disorders. Suki has been with me since freshman year of high school.”

Before And After

Before And After

Puppy Eyes

We always love quirky dog names, but we like them even better when there is a story behind it. This Labrador and Shepherd mix was named Kodak for his photogenic smile. It is certainly fitting! Apparently, they rescued him from a hoarder. Although things weren’t great in the beginning, life is now looking up.

Puppy Eyes

Puppy Eyes

Better And Better

Take a look at Bella as her new mother, Krystal, picked her up for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the other photo shows the pup after she was brought to her forever home, cleaned up, and then cared for. You can see that she is now an official part of the family. We are sure she never feels unloved nowadays.

Better And Better

Better And Better

You Are My Savior

Can you just see how this newly-adopted dog is looking at her so-called savior? You can easily see that she was in no need of comforting. As a matter of fact, she looked perfectly happy! Clearly, she knew what was going on and was happy about it.

You Are My Savior

You Are My Savior

In The Arms Of An Angel

In case you needed a reminder, bull terriers often suffer neglect when they live in dog shelters. Many people are convinced they are terrible and vicious dogs, but this is actually nowhere near the truth. Despite all the misinformation, people like her are ready to give these poor pooches a better life.

In The Arms Of An Angel

In The Arms Of An Angel

Best Day Of My Life

“This is definitely the best day ever!” said the excited little dog. At least that is what we think he would be saying if he could speak to us. He knew that this car ride was his ticket to his forever home. You are certainly on the right track, good boy.

Best Day Of My Life

Best Day Of My Life

That Smile

This dog can finally have a wonderful future now that he will no longer live in the shelter. He could hardly believe his luck. At one point, he lost all hope that he will find the perfect family to take him in. It was a good thing that his fate won over because the day has finally come for him!

That Smile

That Smile

Never Let Go

They were on their way home, but this fella already knows that he is, quite literally, in good hands. This must be just one of the countless number of photos he has with the family. Although he was small in this photo, there is no doubt that he will grow up to be a healthy and happy dog.

Never Let Go

Never Let Go

Everything The Light Touches

Surely, you remember the iconic scene in Lion King when the titular character’s father tells him, “Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom.” For this pup, something similar happened. However, the version he received was this: “Everywhere the grass touches is your playground.”

Everything The Light Touches

Everything The Light Touches

His First Picnic

What should you do when you get a new puppy? You must have lots of ideas already, but a picnic would also be a good idea. You can not do a lot better than sunshine, a cozy blanket, freshly-cut grass, and delicious treats!

His First Picnic

His First Picnic

Pure Bliss

Although dogs cannot see all of the colors that we can, something tells us that this dog was seeing all the colors on the rainbow anyway. He is now safe and comfortable, so we are sure this was the happiest day of his life.

Pure Bliss

Pure Bliss

Happy Days From Now On

The excitement of the adoption must have overwhelmed her, but trust us when we say she was overjoyed. Do you know that saying about how all good dogs go to heaven? Well, we would rather have all dogs go to forever homes instead.

Happy Days From Now On

Happy Days From Now On

No Words

What else could we say about this amazing moment? Words fail to do justice to the realization that he is finally home. Care, love, and security – what else could you possibly ask for? It is now going to be a part of his daily life, which is indeed a far cry from what he has become accustomed to.

No Words

No Words

Awww

Are you looking for sweet pictures? Well, good luck finding something better than this one. You just feel the need to go all “awww” upon seeing that expression on this dog’s face!

Awww

Awww

Energizer

Do you think the fountain of youth is a real thing? If it were, it might not be an actual vessel of liquid. Perhaps the secret to a youthful face is nothing more than owning puppies! This older lady will likely agree with that theory.

Energizer

Energizer

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