These 29 Before-&-After Dog Photos Will Make Your Day

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By Stephen Messenger

Inside every scared, sad shelter dog, there is a sweet family pet waiting to sleep in his own bed for the first time. Love is transformative. Ahead, 29 happy dogs to prove it.

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"Charlie wasn't eating or responding. He's in wonderful hands now and is, most importantly, smiling!"
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"My baby, Pepper, before and after I adopted her from the pound."
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"Found him on the street, malnourished and scared. Now, he's my bestie."
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"I think Leela likes her new backyard better than the Humane Society."
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"Before and after we adopted our pittie, Tyson!"
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"Two months after we adopted her, she can't stop grinning."
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"It's been two years since we found Griffin at the shelter. He only had a few days left before he was going to be euthanized. He's come a long way since we got him."
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"Before and after of my rescue, Sweet Pea! It's amazing what a good home and some loving will do."
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"My rescue dog, before and after."
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"This is Liza T. Bear. I adopted her from a local rescue... She's the best friend a girl could have."
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"Before and after adoption. There was a happy, lovable dog hidden behind all that fear."
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"When we adopted Dexter, he was 19 pounds, bone-thin, and so timid that he didn't like to play or anything. He's now a very healthy 65 pounds and just finished his first off-leash adventure: a five-mile hike."
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"My dog before and after we adopted her."
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"Every day is a new day for her, and when she comes out of her crate in the mornings, she just runs around and jumps because she is so happy to still be at our house. She has changed my life completely."
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"Before and after being adopted."
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"You would have no idea what he's been through."
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"We found him near our office huddled in the cold bushes. He is very healthy and happy now."
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"He was found dumped on the side of a road, crying at all of the cars that went by. Can't imagine him being that sad now!"
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"Meet Coconut. What a difference three months can make."
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"It's crazy what a few months and a lot of love can do for an abandoned puppy!"
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"My girl before and after."
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"Sunshine, another great before and after."
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"Baxter — from pound to beach."
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"My dog, Marshmallow, before and after I adopted him."
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"Before and after being adopted."
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"My cute beagle, Piper, on the day we adopted her from PAWS Chicago — and then again a few months after, living her best life."
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"My adopted chihuahua mix. Photo on the NC shelter's website vs. a few months later at home!"
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"Before and after. They hardly look like the same critters!"
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"Not quite sure what to make of us...okay, he loves us!"
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