There’s always some new challenge or the other brewing on TikTok. Thousands of people jump on the bandwagon as soon as these new TikTok trends emerge and we are here for it! This one in particular is truly entertaining. Let’s hope we never have to say bye to it and remains for as long as TikTok continues to exist! This trend began when a TikTok user named Alexa posted a video, captioned “Show me what your dog looked like in their shelter picture versus now.” She introduced everyone to her pet and really blew this challenge up!
Other TikTok users were quick to respond to this trend and post their own videos of their pets at the shelter VS their pets now. They ended up sharing some extremely heartwarming and wholesome pet content that the internet just cannot get enough of! People laughed, shared each other’s content, and encouraged others to keep the trend alive! These are the times when we realize what a blessing the internet truly is. You know we’ve got you covered and if you scroll down, you’ll be completely up to date on some of the best before and after pics of people’s dogs at the shelter vs. now and we know you’ll love it. So let’s start scrolling!
1. That’s a crazy transformation!
2. This floof is doing a lot better!
3. His life was saved
4. This doggo looks much happier
5. In a much better place
6. Found his hooman!
7. This boi just wanted to run and play
8. This doggo is way better off outside a cage
9. Enjoying the great outdoors
10. Just appreciating the open sky
11. This little diva’s got a bed of his own
12. Just wants toys and cuddles
13. All shiny and new
14. Got his very own new furry cushion
15. All fattened up
16. Happy to be with hoomans
17. All decked up
18. Rugby fan
19. Even the ears are perkier!
20. From a shelter doggo to a princess
The Best Friends Animal Society says that animals are usually put in shelters because of the decision of the owner rather than the animal’s behavior. People are becoming more and more open to adopting animals from a shelter: the society quotes 79% of the 5.4 million cats and dogs in US shelters were adopted in 2019, in contrast to 50% in 2014. Many animals arrived at the shelter in horrible health with a host of diseases or disfigurements, which happens when dogs are strays.
For dogs, the environment at the shelter can be very stressful especially due to the confinement says Marissa Sunny who is a CPDT-KA and senior dog lifesaving specialist at the society. “They are likely suffering from anxiety and frustration from seeing and hearing other dogs all day without being able to interact,” she said. “Dogs in the shelter have very little autonomy to make choices, as well as not being able to relax and sleep soundly with all the noise and commotion. While we all do our best to take wonderful care of all the dogs, a shelter environment will never be ideal for any animal.”
Understanding this is crucial for people who are looking to adopt a dog, as the animal might need some time to adapt once they join their new family. “The best thing to do when bringing a dog home is to give them time to decompress,” Sunny said. “Their whole world just shifted to a much better, but completely different environment. Creating a routine and structure for them while also slowly introducing new things—like people and animal friends—is extremely beneficial for them.” Slowly and gradually animals will open up as they begin to get more comfortable in their new home and receive love and bonding from their owners.
21. That’s great progress
22. Enjoying the Christmas cheer
23. Look at that smirk!
24. He seems so much more optimistic about life!
25. Are you sure that’s the same dog!?
26. Loves his blanket and his hoomans
27. Happy new pupper
28. Got his new toys!
29. Deserves all the happiness in the world!
30. Living his best life
31. Can’t believe that’s the same dog!
32. Can’t control the joy
33. That’s quite the glow up
34. Wow what happened here?
35. Needed a human of his very own
36. A loving little pupper
37. Living up to his potential
38. What a fine doggo
39. That dog needed rescuing
40. Look at that wide smile!
Now that we’re at the end of this article, it is important to remember the benefits of adoption! Once an animal from the shelter settles into your home, they will be your companions forever! Pet adoption is a noble act as it saves an animal’s life, rescues another animal by freeing up a slot at the shelter, and giving an animal the love and care that helps them thrive! Furthermore, you will save a lot of money as adopting is a lot less expensive than buying a pet from a shop.
It is also important to be aware of the fact that by rescuing animals, you are discouraging commercial breeding of dogs and cats, which is a phenomenon that destroys their lives and they cannot easily find a suitable home. Do your research about the best adoption options for a pet and support those that are making a difference! The process is easy and you can look into it and do your research in advance if you decide to go for this option. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!