Seeing a once-abandoned or mistreated animal finding a loving forever home can be an incredibly heartwarming experience for animal lovers. Witnessing the amazing transformation that a furry friend undergoes in the care of a compassionate owner can restore our faith in humanity and fill us with hope.
At Gidypet, we invite you to explore one of our favorite subreddits, r/BeforeNAfterAdoption, specifically for its heartwarming feline content. This subreddit features a multitude of then-and-now photos that showcase the incredible power of adoption! From scared and undernourished kitties to happy and healthy family members, these pictures are sure to bring a smile to your face and brighten up your week.
#1 Found This ~7 Month Old Kitty Hanging Around My Shop May 31st. Super Friendly With Everyone
#2 People Won’t Look When She Was On The Streets 2 Years Ago. Now They Are Amazed By How Much Beauty She Has To Offer
It’s crucial to realize that the decision to adopt a needy animal should only be made after carefully considering all its consequences. Unfortunately, our own carelessness is partly to blame for the high number of cats in shelters.
Samira Coccon, a cat behaviorist based in Rome, explains that many people give up their feline companions due to various reasons. Some find out that they, or someone else in their household, are allergic to cat hair, while others are moving to locations where pets are not allowed.
However, “we know that the underlying truth is that more than half of the people who surrender their pets to shelters also report behavior or old age related issues,” Coccon wrote.
#3 Second Chance
#4 One Year Of Good Care And Love
#5 The Day They Were Found And 3 Years Later
“An estimated 4 million cats are euthanized in animal shelters every year in the world, while countless others become feral after being abandoned, doomed to die in car accidents, due to infections or not being really prepared to fend for themselves, as a consequence of starvation and hardships,” the feline behaviorist explained.
“Education, information, a basic knowledge of a cat’s needs, besides some true compassion, are paramount to the dedicated human who honestly wants to understand what adopting a cat involves, especially over time, and to dramatically reduce these impressing figures.”
#6 My Sweet Boy, Lez! He Was Half Dead, Found In The Snow In Brooklyn. I Got Him Off Of Craigslist Lol
#7 This Is Doutor Before And After Adopted
#8 Found This Scrap Of A Kitten Under A Bus Stop. Was Worried She’d Be Blind, But Look At Those Beautiful Eyes Now!
#9 She Was Shaking Like A Leaf And Kept Burying Her Head In Our Arms
It’s common for us to believe that we know what’s best for our feline friends, but it’s important to do our research as this mindset can result in a distorted perception of what it truly means to be a cat owner.
“Some people make the assumption that cats, compared to dogs, are less demanding [and] that they can spend long hours, or even days alone, they do not need regular visits to the vet, and cannot be educated,” Coccon said. “All these and other prejudices can lead us to adopt a kitten, only to find out, soon after, that they do need and deserve our care and attention.”
#10 Rabbit & Cricket, 1 Year Later
#11 Toast The Day I Brought Him Home And Then A Few Months Later!
#12 1 Year Ago I Found This Tiny Kitten In The Middle Of The Parking Lot At My Work. Scroll To See Xena Grow Up!
#13 Five Years Ago I Fed A Stray Kitten, It Followed Me Home
“Other people are not prepared for the inevitable changing of needs of a cat that is getting old or falls ill, they do not imagine that it is necessary to neuter them before they reach sexual maturity, or they do not even know that it is important, whenever possible, to learn beforehand something about our future pet’s personality, his ‘playfulness, sociability, inquisitiveness and lifestyle’ to facilitate the best human-pet match.”
Coccon emphasizes that having a fundamental understanding of feline behavior can help us avoid unrealistic expectations, disappointment, punishment, and ultimately, abandonment.
#14 My Handsome Boy Fry
#15 13 Year Old Pouncer Is A Hospice Foster Fail! He Was Neglected And Ignored After His Mom Died. I’m So Lucky To Give Him A Happy Home Until He’s Ready To Join His Mama On The Other Side
#16 I’ve Been Rescuing For 15 Years. This Is A Favorite Before And After
#17 Got Kimchi Out Of A Vending Machine
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) identifies the significant problem of unsterilized outdoor cats as the most critical feline issue in the country.
“This results in many cats without permanent/conventional homes living in outdoor populations, quickly producing ongoing generations of cats,” the organization explained. “These cats may be feral, meaning they do not willingly interact with humans, while some are semi- or formerly-owned, or otherwise friendly cats who have been lost or abandoned.”