There's something about being the parent to a shelter pet, kind of an unspoken bond. On National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, we asked our listeners to share a photo of the dogs and cats they've rescued and given fur-ever homes.

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Maybe it's just me, but I can almost see the appreciation and relief in the eyes of these pets that they've found 'hoomans' to give them a second chance at life. Many of the pets in these photos came from unspeakable conditions, like kill shelters and even natural disasters. Now, they're living their best lives.

Thank you to everyone who adopts, not shops. I hope you'll consider rescuing a pet from a shelter and welcome one into your family and your heart. It's so rewarding.

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