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24 Photos That Capture The Magic Of Dogs Finding Their Forever Homes

"When I first saw his little face a year ago, I knew he was the one for me and it was the best decision I ever made.”
05/11/2018 09:00am ET

There’s no greater love than the love between a rescue dog and the human who was lucky enough to adopt him or her.

Below, 24 ridiculously adorable photos of dogs finding bliss with their new moms and dads.

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Hallie Noble
"This is Stitch! We adopted him from Paws In The City in Dallas, and he has quickly become the best part of our little family." -- Hallie Noble, Stitch's mom (Follow Stitch on Instagram)
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"Here's Dusty on his adoption day! This photo was taken the actual MOMENT I met him. Can you believe that!? When he was rescued by True North Rescue Mission, he was on his way to be a puppy mill dad and live his entire life in a cage." -- Jessie Ruane, Dusty's mom (Follow him on Instagram)
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Rossanne Van Schalkwyk
"Meet our beautiful boy, Benjamin (he's the one to the right). He is a year old. He is a pitbull mixed with a labrador. We rescued him about seven months ago. He was badly abused as a baby and would wet himself for no reason. Now he's a happy, playful, loveable sweetie. He's enjoying his life with his two pupper siblings!" -- Rossanne Van Schalkwyk, Benjamin's mom
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John Sechrist
"Here's our dog, Penny. This is the moment in the elevator at Bideawee's adoption center in New York when we knew we had found the perfect little girl." --John Sechrist, Penny's dad (Follow Penny on Instagram)
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Laura Alexandra
"Henrietta (Henry) came into my life in January of this year, after she was found wandering on the streets in East Oakland. At first she was very nervous -- she hid in the bathroom for the first week! She's still shy around strangers, but now she loves cuddles, chasing squirrels, getting blow dried after baths, and her toy fox." --Laura Alexandra, Henry's mom (Follow Henry on Instagram)
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Photo courtesy of Sarah Brown Carter
"Roxy is full of energy and love and brings us so many laughs. We've also met most of our friends through her! She keeps us social."- Sarah Brown Carter, Roxy's mom (Follow Roxy on Instagram)
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Heidi Bahauddin
"This is Rex. His previous owners told the rescue group they did not have the means to take care of him. He had trauma to his neck we think was from a shock collar, and more around his belly where we think he had been pulling out his fur. The group warned us he was afraid of strangers and very shy, and that we should expect several weeks before he warmed to us. But by the time we had filled out the paperwork, he was happy to leave with us. I don't know what it is. He really is standoffish to strangers, but he attached himself to my wife, son and I immediately. It's been almost two months now. He is all healed up, and still likes to chill upside down." --Dan, Rex's dad
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Josh Patrick
"Meet Fluke, a former rescue that was adopted by our family in November 2017!" --Josh Patrick, Fluke's dad
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Alina Cote
"We have had Zelda for just under one month. We went to a rescue event by Ruff House Rescue in New York, where we live, with the intention of just beginning to look at some dogs for adoption, thinking it would be a long process overall. Zelda wasn't as loud or playful when we first saw her in her crate, but as soon as we asked to take her for a walk, she opened up immediately, wagging her tail and licking our faces. The 'before' picture is what we have from when she was brought to the shelter. The 'after' photo was taken on the car ride back to her new home from the rescue adoption event." --Alina Cote, Zelda's mom
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Kelsi Keys
"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." -- Kelsi Keys, Dax's mom
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"This is Dandelion the dog! We adopted her at the Oregon Humane Society through their second chance program. Dandelion was transferred to the Humane Society from an overcrowded shelter in California." -- Úna Rose, Dandelion's mom
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Kasey Blauwkamp
"This is Cora. We adopted her through the BISSELL Pet Foundation event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She came there through Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control. We don’t know much about her exact background except she’s had a litter or two. She has a playful, sweet energy. My fiancé, her dog and three cats, myself, and Cora are all settling in quite well!" -- Kasey Blauwkamp, Cora's dad
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"This is Dex. He was found abandoned on the streets. The vet believed he had gone half his life untreated from demodectic mange and a heart murmur. All the credit goes to Pug Rescue Austinand those who donated to his cause for turning his life around. He is likely just over a year old, and is fully cured and happy in our home with our four other pug rescues." -- Mark Shockley
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Kristin Cooper
"This is Terabyte (Tera for short) and our youngest son. Tera is a cattle dog, found dumped in a field. She’s super smart, sweet, snuggly, and also happens to be deaf. I took this photo right after we had signed the adoption papers and picked her up from her foster family." -- Kristin Cooper, Tera's mom
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Julie Thomson and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
"This is Kai, who was brought into the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home when his owners could no longer cope with his care – he had reportedly been passed from home to home and had never known a stable, loving forever home. Kai was admitted to us on April 4 and was just taken home to his forever home last weekend. The photo on the left was when he was with us and the photo on the right was sent to us by his new owners, an hour after being re-homed." -- Julie Thomson, communications manager at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
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Hannah Evans
"This is Hazel, a Husky-Alsatian living in Oakland. My family is quite obsessed with her!" -- Hannah Evans, Hazel's aunt(Follow Hazel on Instagram)
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Jenna Gunselman
"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!" -- Jenna Gunselman, Oliver's mom
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Christina Haberkern
"This is Marty. We went to the shelter looking for a dog as a companion for our handicapped labrador, Zoe. We met a few puppies who were too high energy and stressful for her condition so we left, feeling defeated. As we were walking out, Zoe dragged us over to Marty's pen. Both their noses touched, tails wagging, and we knew they had to meet. They were instantly as ease around each other and Marty was even careful around her, almost aware that she needed special attention. He was a perfect fit for our family." -- Christina Haberkern, Marty's mom (Follow Marty and Zoe on Instagram)
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Martha Gutierrez
"My dog Suki on adoption day and nine years later. I love that Suki has been a major support for me, especially for my mood disorders. Suki has been with me since freshman year of high school, all through college, and now my adult life. No matter what, she always provides the best cuddles I could have ever asked for." -- Martha Gutierrez, Suki's mom
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Candice Shearman
"This is Kodak! He’s a four-month old black lab/shepherd mix. He came to ALIVE Rescue Memphisfrom Animal Rescue Corps. They had saved him from a hoarding case in Tennessee. I saw his picture and instantly fell in love! He looks just like my 14 year old lab/mix named Ocho did when she was a puppy." --Candice Shearman, Kodak's mom (Follow Kodak and his siblings on Instagram)
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Bethany Mitchell
"Otis is my best friend. He's a furry shoulder to cry on and he is my reason to smile again. When I first saw his little face a year ago, I knew he was the one for me and it was the best decision I ever made." -- Bethany Mitchell, Otis' mom (Follow Otis on Instagram)
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Nicci See
"Meet my dogson, Wicket the Ewok dog!" -- Nicci See, Wicket's mom (Follow Wicket on Instagram)
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Krystal K
"This is Bella. The photo on the left was taken as soon as we got to the shelter. She was a mess: coat matted and long, she couldn't even see, but we fell in love! We took her home, cleaned her up, and now she's a healthy, happy puppy. I love her little smile and how her tongue always sticks out of her mouth!" --Krystal K., Bella's mom
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Brandon Engen
"My wife Jen and I rescued Benny from CareTX in San Antonio, Texas. They saved him from a kill shelter in San Antonio. He and his litter were found on the street. Benny was shy and suffering from mange when we first met but those goofy ears and sweet eyes won us over. He is some mix of cattle dog, very active and has no trouble keeping up with me for hours on my mountain bike. We are a pretty active hiker, camper, fly fisherman family so having an active dog fits our lifestyle, despite the lack of cattle." -- Brandon Engen, Benny's dad