Adopting a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have.
Even though it might seem like we're saving an animal's life, their love and friendship could also save us as well. Sadly, when we make a trip to our local animal shelter, it isn't uncommon to see distressed cats and dogs being brought in.
Luckily with enough tender love and care, these sweet creatures can blossom into the most affectionate companions out there.
Take a look at these 20 precious cats and dogs who truly prospered after finding a forever home.
1. A newly sophisticated pupper
2. Look at those pearly whites!
3. I'm loving her confident "smize"
4. That smile could melt even the coldest of hearts
5. I'd love to cuddle this little one all night long
6. From heartbreaking to heartwarming
7. It's amazing what a little bit of TLC can do
8. This smile can brighten anyone's day
9. Be still my beating heart
10. Loving the fresh new 'do
11. He will love you forever
12. Everyone needs to be treated to some fine wine and dining
13. This one deserves all of the snuggles
14. "I'm ready for my close up now"
15. A groomer's pride and joy
16. The most inspirational recovery
17. Under all this hair is a precious, perfect pup
18. Garfield is finally living his best life
19. My heart just grew three sizes today
20. While this dog is missing an eye, he sure has a whole lot of heart
For more adorable animal photographs to obsess over, take a peek at these prized pictures: