14 Blissfully Happy Dogs That Just Got Adopted

One of the many endearing qualities dogs possess is the complete inability to hide their joy. When they’re happy, you absolutely know it. Their tails wag, their bodies wiggle with excitement, and their eyes light up — and that’s just when you get home from work. Imagine their reactions upon realizing that they finally get to leave the animal shelter and become part of a loving family.

One of my favorite Internet happy-places, the Reddit sub-reddit “Aww,” has so many great examples of that joyful reaction: the “oh boy, I have a HOME!!!” reaction. These are just some of the best ones I’ve found. I can’t wait to see this kind of reaction in person someday.

1. “This is sage twenty minutes after I adopted him from the shelter. He wouldn’t stop licking me long enough to take a better picture.”

man with newly adopted dog

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2. “My first puppy adoption! She’s a three legged pit bull.”

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3. “When we first read her rescue story on Reddit and saw Penny’s picture for the first time, I looked at Jace and said, ‘That’s our girl!’… We wanted to make sure we got to the shelter right at noon on Saturday so there would be no chance we could miss her! We pulled up, went inside and asked to see Penny. She came bounding into the room, ran up to us and licked both of our faces and tried to climb up into my lap…”

newly adopted dog penny
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4. “Thanks to this weekends free adoption day sponsored by Maddies fund, I was able to bring this little guy home today…”


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5. “Our first post-adoption hike.”

cute dog on post-adoption hike
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6. “Charlie ten minutes after his adoption.. Our jubilation was mutual.”

happy dog charlie just adopted
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7. “His adoption form said ‘no interest in toys.'”


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8. “In honor of my puppy getting neutered today (and official adoption day), here is Jester the day after I welcomed him into my home…”


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9. “Our pup Smitty the day we adopted him.”


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10. “On our way home from the adoption shelter.”

cute dog that was just adopted
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11. “Moments after adoption… He knew.”

adorable dog right after adoption
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12. “We’ve recently adopted a 3 y/o mistreated Staffordshire Bullterrier and I think he likes me.”

american staffordshire bullterrier just adopted
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13. “Shared a cage at a kill shelter. Adopted them both so they could be together.”


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14. “Signing the adoption papers, forever home found.”

signing dog adoption papers
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