It’s a sad fact that so many cats, dogs, and other animals wind up in pounds and animal shelters after being abandoned or mistreated by their former owners. They sit and wait, hoping for their very own ‘happily ever after’ to arrive someday.

This is why it’s so important to adopt rescue animals. They all have so much life left to live and so much love left to give. All they need is a chance!

And when kindhearted people give these animals a chance, they repay them with kindness, loyalty, and endless affection, as the following images and stories show.