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    28 Animal Adoption Stories That'll Make You Wanna FaceTime Your Pet Immediately

    "I think animals know when we save them and thank us every day."

    Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their pet adoption stories. Here are some of the sweetest, heartwarming, and most ~meant-to-be~ submissions:

    1. From stray to service dog

    "My younger brother — who lives with autism and Type 1 diabetes — has needed a service dog for a while now. So when my family met Ellie, a sweet, attentive rescue from Mexico, we instantly knew she was the right dog for my brother.

    Right now, someone has to wake up every 2-3 hours at night to check my brother's blood sugar, and we have to constantly watch to make sure he doesn’t eat something without telling us. Once Ellie graduates her training, we'll all be able to sleep through the night and loosen the reigns on my brother during the day. It’s impossible to express how thankful we are that we found Ellie."


    2. Brew-ser

    "I was at a beer fest when I overheard this woman say, 'I’m just going to leave this dog on the street. I can’t take it anymore.' I had drank just enough beer to turn around and say, 'I’ll take your dog!'

    12 years later, and here's my handsome boy, appropriately named Brew-ser!"


    3. Worth the wait

    "I was really depressed my freshman year of college, so I wanted to get a pet to help comfort me. I went on and I found this one orange and white fluffball that I immediately fell in love with, but I lived in a dorm that didn’t allow pets. Every week until I moved to my new apartment, I checked to see if the cat was still there. Then that August, I was finally able to adopt my sweet 11-year-old Chloe after she waited for a year. Now, Chloe is spending her golden years cuddling and enjoying all the attention that comes with being an only pet!"


    4. Something gray and shaggy

    "12 years ago, my friend and I went to the shelter dead set on adopting a puppy. But when I got to the shelter, we just saw a bunch of white poodles and something gray and shaggy in the back. The gray dog immediately whipped her head up and ran straight to me, knocking poodles out of the way in the process. It was love at first sight! Still, my friend wanted to go look at the puppies since the gray dog was older. I went with her, but I kept looking back at the gray dog who was just standing by the door, looking back at me. I decided to take her. I named her Duchess and had her for 11 years until she passed away suddenly last year. I will always advocate for older shelter dogs because of her."


    5. The Lucky kennel

    "After losing our beloved rescue pup of 16 years, we decided we needed another one to fill our hearts. We went back to the same Humane Society where we’d gotten our other dog, Lucky. My dad remembered exactly which kennel Lucky had been in, but saw that this time, that particular one was now empty. An employee overheard him and said, 'Oh no, there’s one in there, he just hides in the back.' Sure enough, when we bent down, there was a little puppy pressed all the way in the back corner, nestled in a blanket and shaking. The employee put the pup in my arms and that was it. I think Lucky guided us to him, knowing he’d fit right in with us!" —martinimafia86

    6. "Cleared" for adoration

    "I work as a vet at an animal shelter and we had this teeny tiny 14-year-old dog picked up as a stray. Her owners were contacted, but they said they didn’t want her anymore. She was an absolute mess and had a list of medical problems a mile long. I knew she would never be 'cleared' for adoption, so I took her home and couldn’t have fallen more in love. She’s come so far!"


    7. Wrapped up

    "I was visiting a friend that recently got a job at a car dealership. She invited me to come pet some dogs on my lunch break, since her dealership was having an adoption event. When I got to the lot, I was walking through gaggles of people and dogs. I can't remember what I was doing, but I almost tripped because this adorable chocolate lab wrapped his leash around my legs. When I asked what his name was, the lady said his name was 'Maverick'. I'm a huge Top Gun fan, so I didn't even think before I got the paper work started."


    8. Obsessed

    "I wanted a dog after I had just moved into my own home, so I went to an adoption fair and there he was — the only dog not jumping and barking — just sitting, politely waiting for me. As I was getting ready to leave with him, a volunteer told me that he was due to be put down the following week if he hadn’t been adopted. Almost six years later, and yeah, I’m obsessed."


    9. The power of Snuggles™

    "This is the difference a loving home, three weeks, and lots of snuggles can make. When we got her from a Facebook marketplace ad, she had fleas all over and was not used to snuggling. But now, she plays with her two fur siblings all the time and is 100% flea free!"


    10. Koncert Kitty

    "My husband and I were on our way to a concert when we got a call from our friend saying that they could hear a kitten meowing inside their car engine. Needless to say, we spent the next three hours trying to fish the kitten out of the car and missed the concert, but we ended up taking home an amazing little furbaby!"


    11. Police pupper

    "My husband is a police officer. He was called to a pharmacy in town where a dog had been abandoned. He picked her up and took her to the shelter, thinking she had a family missing her since she had a collar on. About a month later, we saw her picture on the animal shelter’s Facebook that she was still waiting to be adopted. We went the next day to see her and we just knew we had to have her!

    The first picture is when my husband first picked her up, the second is the face she made at the shelter when we got her, and the third is my husband and her snuggling at home!"


    12. Yoga kitties

    "A couple months after losing my first kitty, I decided I needed a pick-me-up, so I went to this cat café in Chicago that offered cat yoga. In addition to offering cat yoga, they also house rescue kitties. It was there that I found my lil' angels who also happen to be brothers!"


    13. New house, new hound

    "I worked at an animal shelter, but couldn’t get any pets due to renting. We were in the process of buying a house when this angel muffin came to the shelter. I instantly fell in love with her, but knew I couldn’t have her because we were still two months out from moving into our new house. I called my parents and literally BEGGED them to keep her until we moved in. Thankfully, they agreed! Nine months later and she is the most perfect, lazy dog. Meet Mildred Louise, aka Millie!"


    14. Stopping traffic

    "When I was about 14 years old, my dad was driving me to swim practice and we saw this little white puppy darting in and out of traffic. Obviously, I start to bug out and yell at him to do something. When the light turned green, my dad pulled through traffic onto the grass across the street, and I leapt out. The little dog saw me running towards her and literally jumped up into my arms.

    It’s been about seven years since then, and Pumpkin is the most well-behaved, adorable, sweet little dog I’ve ever met. She has slept with me every night since then."


    15. One-eyed MONSTER

    "Julian was rescued out of an animal hoarding situation. Julian was apparently one of the 'most social' cats from the hoard, but for the first month and a half that we had him, you wouldn’t have known it. He hid all the time. We couldn’t go near him or pet him. There were times at the very, very beginning when I almost wanted to give up on him, but I just couldn’t let myself. From the moment we had laid eyes on him, he was part of our little family. Eventually, Julian warmed up to us and got his bad eye taken out. He’s been the best boy ever since."


    16. Almost overlooked

    "I'd never had a dog, so when we went to the local kill shelter to see about adopting one, I was convinced I wanted a dog no older than a year. I was about to walk right past what would end up being the best thing to ever happen to me, but my boyfriend noticed a skinny little adult pupper jumping around for attention. We named her Pup because she’s so young at heart. The photo on the right is her 'freedom ride' on the day we got her. The right is about two years later, after learning to play with toys, snuggle her humans, and love car rides."


    17. Gift from Grandma

    "I actually rescued my dog from my grandma. When she moved in with us, he kinda just became mine because she was gonna drop him off at a pound and I said I would take him. When I started my medication for bipolar disorder and was having a rough time, he was always right next to me. He's the best. (The pic is from the first day I met him — I sat him in the baby swing in our yard.)"


    18. Formerly known as "Littlegirl"

    "My mom was working at an assisted living home, and one of the residents ended up getting transferred to another facility where she couldn’t bring her cat. After a week of the cat staying in the apartment alone, my mom finally decided that we would take her. We were unsure of her name, so I named her Lily. But eventually, we found out her previous name was Littlegirl. Coincidentally, the cat I had growing up was named Littleone. It was meant to be!"


    19. "My dogs keep tryna eat her"

    "I’m not sure if Craigslist counts as rescuing, but a friend convinced me I needed a puppy (because hers needed a friend). I was scrolling and saw this tiny little pup huddled on a pile of clothes in a corner and I instantly knew I had to get her. We drove an hour to go get her, and were met by a guy who was clearly stoned. He said, 'She’s real sweet, but my dogs keep tryna eat her.' I gave him $75 and took home my baby, who I named Stella. Four years later, and she’s the greatest joy in my life. I think animals know when we save them and thank us every day."


    20. Eyes (and ears!) wide open

    "I work as a vet assistant at a 24-hr pet ER. Someone brought Bourbon in at approximately three days old with his eyes and ears still closed, so I offered to foster him until he could be weaned. I stressed a lot about being able to keep such a tiny being alive, but somehow I did it! Within the first week, I decided I would not be giving him to anyone else. One and a half years later, he has taught me so much about love, joy, and patience — especially by doing things like chewing through my computer charger. I'd still do it all over again."


    21. Bargain b*tch

    "I constantly visited my local shelter during college. During one of my visits, I 'swore' I was only there to play with the dogs. But then, I noticed this one dog with the sweetest face — her adoption fee was only $20. When we brought her out for a meet and greet, she was scared of me and even more of my partner. She kept barking and backing away with her tail between her legs. But I instantly fell in love when this chunky black dog allowed me to pet her.

    1.5 years later and Kira is the best dog (after lots of training and socialization with people/new experiences)! I helped her anxiety and she has helped mine. I couldn’t have gotten anything better for $20!"


    22. Jungle cat-turned-ESA

    "At the beginning of my last semester at college, I noticed a tiny kitten hiding in the bushes near our campus center. He was so thin and scared of everything. Over the next few months, I started bringing him chicken, a bowl of water, and a blanket in a box. He slowly started to trust me, and eventually came home with me! Today, Mollymauk is well-fed and a certified ESA, living with me in my college dorm and helping me deal with my disabilities."


    23. What "having it all" really looks like

    "I did not want a dog at all. I was just getting my career started, fell in love, and secured great housing. Then my partner called and said she had a pit bull and her two-week-old puppies in the back of her car. She was adamant that we foster them for the next week, or until the shelter found their forever home. But that night, this sweet mama pup crawled into my lap and fell asleep in my arms. I knew we had to keep this extraordinarily loving dog. Fast forward a year, and I have an amazing career, an amazing partner, secure housing, AND the most perfect dog you could ever imagine. It's possible to have it all and give a happy, healthy home to pup in need."


    24. Adoption, but IRL

    "I went to my local animal shelter to see a dog I had fallen in love with online. But after that dog bit me, I resigned myself to the fact that it just wasn’t the right time for me to get a pet. But just as I got up to leave, in walked a new dog that had just been brought to the shelter and I KNEW he was meant to be my dog! Three years later and Yeti is my best friend and the best choice I’ve ever made."


    25. *SpongeBob narrator voice* 20 pounds later...

    "My husband owns a car wash that includes oil changes. One day, the guys were working on a car and found a kitten in the engine. The owner of the car mentioned he 'thought he had been hearing meowing for a few days.' The poor kitten was stuck in the engine, next to the fan blade, while the owner drove the vehicle for THREE DAYS! When we brought the kitten to the vet, he weighed one pound 11 ounces and the vet thought his growth would be minimal. Well, two years and 20 pounds later, we have a very happy ginger named Thor!"


    26. Lady Luck

    "A friend of a friend found four hunting dogs on the side of the road and took them to the nearest animal shelter. My friend sent me their pictures and I fell in love with the only female in the group, but was told somebody else was interested in adopting her. Well, we went to the shelter to look at the other three and they were great...but the female was putting on a performance for us and wouldn’t leave us alone. She totally chose me! Turned out nobody else had been interested in her, so we put in our application. Moreover, this shelter was a kill shelter and she only had three days left to live. I’m so glad she chose me to save her life!"


    27. Leap of faith

    "I was just starting grad school, and living alone for the first time — along with many other things — resulted in my mental health deteriorating. I decided to get a dog so I would have company. Even though I was young and had never had a dog of my own before, the rescue organization took a leap of faith and let me adopt one. Bader (named after the Notorious RBG, obviously!) is the best thing that’s ever happened to me — all 110 pounds of him! We go on long walks, have lots of cuddles, and I genuinely can’t imagine my life without him."


    28. From brokenhearted to a breed reveal party

    "My mom and I both LOVE dogs, so one thing we often do is send each other posts of adoptable dogs. Well, I was in my final year of undergrad and preparing to go to grad school, so I fully intended to wait to adopt so I'd have time to adjust. But when my mom sent me a post for Joanie, I knew I needed her!

    Fast forward one year, and we just threw Joanie a party in celebration of her Gotcha Day! I've also recently sent in a DNA test for her, and I plan to do a breed reveal party for her later this spring!"


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