12 photos of dogs before and after they were adopted from a shelter

The change in a dog’s expression after starting a new life in a new home is unmistakeable. After long, solitary months of waiting in a shelter, having possibly survived abuse from previous owners, they’ve finally found a family who will love them and give them the affection they deserve. Pictured below are dogs before and after they were adopted; their transformations are nothing short of amazing.

At first shy and afraid, they become confident and, most importantly, happy.

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No longer feeling that safety is in a small corner, they learn to trust in people once more and discover the warmth of genuine companionship.