Deciding to adopt a pet isn't easy, and it's certainly not a decision that should be made lightly. It's a huge responsibility and a serious commitment. But one thing is for sure; it's an extremely rewarding one!
Adoption can be a particularly difficult process when the pet you decide to rescue has been severely neglected or mistreated, like the precious cats in this story.
Subreddit thread, r/BeforeNAfterAdoption, is filled with heartwarming stories from kind humans who have adopted felines in desperate need of care and given them a second chance at life and love. The before and after photos are incredible and show just how much a little bit of love and care can do to change the life of a creature in need.
Scroll down to have a look.
"My boy, Yuzu, was a stray found by a friend of mine with the worst case of scabies we've ever seen (we're all vet students). He's also had ear mites, fungal infections, stud tail, & recurrent ear and eye infections, one after the other. One year and lots of treatments later, and he's perfectly healthy!"
"This is Barley! My son and I found her by the road. She had been abandoned. So thin. Covered in fleas. The last photo was 3 months after we found her. She's simply the sweetest little cat ever."
"One month ago, I found this baby in the wheel of my forklift at work. Now she lives at home with me. Meet Emmy (6 Weeks vs. 10 Weeks)."
"Found in a trash heap, in June 2012. He spent his first night in his forever home sleeping on me. Six years later, it’s still his favorite place to be."
"Phoenix was rescued from the streets and was covered in hot tar. Little over a month later, he looks amazing, he loves humans, and is ready to enter a loving home."
"Kai Mana had his jaw stepped on and would be put down. I worked full time and couldn’t commit to taking care of him. But my bf took him to get surgery and fed him kitten formula through a syringe. He brought him to his construction job and woke up every two hours for feedings. He’s happy today."
"Kira was found almost dead of starvation on a farm with cows. She was healthy in one week and we kept her. Summer 2018."
"Our sweet Cousteau! From a scrawny street kitty in New Orleans to a prince living in Paris."
"Two years ago today, I walked into a Petsmart and met a cat named Sonny who no one would adopt because he was 13 years old, covered in fleas, underweight, and had a mouth full of rotten teeth that had to be removed. He came home with me that night, and it was the best decision I ever made."
"Before and after fostering. Roadrunner on the day I got him from the shelter, and on the day he went to his new home."
"One year ago, Jake was found underneath a car, alone and half-frozen. He was 4 weeks old, and his mom was gone. Now he's the biggest kitty with the most personality that I've ever met."
"Some wonderful soul found this little guy on the street, cuddled up in a plastic container. 3 years later, he is the happiest, sweetest, most playful, curious cat. Love him so much and thank you wonderful soul, whomever you are."
"Albus was found abandoned and starving on the streets of Cairo. The strays wouldn't let him eat. He's now spoilt rotten and incredibly affectionate."
"From feral to friend (Harry’s story). Last January, we received word that there was a feral cat found with a terrible head wound. He was on death’s doorstep. We took him in to recover, and 8 months later he won’t leave our side."
"Worked my ass off to bring Spooky back from the edge. He passed away unexpectedly weeks later, but his short presence was a gift."
"This is River. At the shelter, he was shaved as his fur was extremely matted and riddled with fleas. He had Coccidia and conjunctivitis. After some medicine and TLC, he's doing amazing! He's the most loving and affectionate kitty ever, always snuggling up and kissing me! I've had him for 4 months."
"When I first saw her, Sela was a sick, underweight, flea-infested stray the local pound picked up. Today we celebrated her 1 year adoption day, matching party hats and all!"
"My cousin saw this 20lb senior cat available for adoption. After a year of love, dieting, and proper veterinary care, Roger has lost 5+ pounds. He's still a big boy, but he's happy and active."
"The shelter named him “Cupido,” because he had been shot through and through with an arrow. He also had a respiratory infection because he’s felv positive. Now he’s fat and happy."
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