Most Beautiful Adopted Pet

These dogs and cats prove you don't have to have a pedigree to be adorable. All 100-plus entries you sent us were gorgeous, so we had a hard time picking these stunners

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BEAU

BEAU

When Beau first met Kristen Aicholtz (boredatwork) at the BARC shelter, he was shy and skinny. “But it was still love at first sight,” she says. “He now enjoys a luxurious life of treats, toys and sprawling out on the couch :) He makes us laugh every day, and showers us in an embarrassment of kisses!”

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MICK

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Mick had been returned to the shelter a few times before he met Natalie Garris (luvmy5dogs). She says he’s “the most grateful, loving dog who showers me with affection daily as a thank you for rescuing him. Little does he know that maybe he rescued me.”

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LILLY

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Lilly’s first owner abused her and docked her tail. Julie Lane (chicky) found her cowering at the Humane Society. “We knew we had to have her and show her real love,” Lane says. “She is now the most friendly cat you can ever imagine! She follows us around the house like a dog, talks up a storm, and cuddles like a rag doll.”

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KAYA

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Danniel Robertson (danitodd) shows that you can get a purebred rescue of almost any breed. Robertson says Kaya, a Coton De Tulear who had a bath and brushing to get ready for her picture, “is the sweetest dog and loves everyone.”

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ALFONSINO

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Just look at those gorgeous markings! Elisa Stapp (Elisilla) of Concepción, Chile, found a tiny kitten crying in the street. “I could not resist his sweet eyes,” she confesses. Now he’s part of a big family of rescued animals.

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BAILEY

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Chances looked bleak for a little golden puppy in a kill shelter in the South–until rescue workers whisked him up to New York, where Melissa Pezzullo (baileyboo) adopted him. “He was the cutest little baby,” Melissa recalls. “How anyone could ever put him to sleep is beyond me, but now he has the best of everything.”

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MAYA

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Giorgia Karmaniola (giorgia), one of our most active members and who lives in Italy, says that at 8 months Maya is “the most beautiful and happy boxer girl! She is our life.” That’s a big improvement from when she was an undernourished puppy in need of a home just a few months ago.

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PRINCESS LILLY

PRINCESS LILLY

Princess Lilly claimed this present as her own. Why not? It was her first Christmas at home with Christina Mannion (PrincessLilly) of Kennebunnk, Maine. Christina bought a toy cat to donate to a hospital and then caught Princess Lilly playing twins with it.

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PADLA

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Padla’s dad Jeff is a car enthusiast and was offered this adorable puppy no one wanted at a gas station, says Mary Shields (padlagirl). They later figured out she’s a Catahoula leopard dog, obsessed with chasing balls and giving kisses to her friends.

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ANGEL & BUSTER

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Becky Rogers of Seattle has made a habit of rescuing white boxers because breeders often euthanize them for fear of health problems, especially deafness. When Angel came home from Washington Boxer Rescue” she kissed her brother (Buster) to say thank you,” Rogers says.

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CLIFFORD

CLIFFORD

“He is the most outgoing, affectionate cat I have ever been around,” says Kristen Rowland (krowlhhi). She adopted this sleepy kitty when he was just 3 months old. “Here he fell asleep in this position for two hours.”

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MICKEY

MICKEY
Kris St. Clair

Originally Mickey was a foster cat for Amy Jamieson (amyjamieson). “He was a little ball of fluff, alone in a big cage,” she says. They fell in love and Mickey became part of the family. “Now, at 8 months old, it’s hard to get him to stay still for a photo shoot so this image is priceless to us!”

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BAXTER

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When Janice Morris (gigiandbaxter) brought home Baxter from the Infinite Hope rescue in Brooklyn, N.Y., it took only a week for his little face to fill out into this handsome mug. “But he also had a fast growth spurt,” she says, “and to this day he’s a little clumsy on his feet!”

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