26 Stages Of Adopting A Rescue Animal

#1. On the way home, you pass by your local animal shelter and decide to go in for a quick look-see.

#2. You promise yourself not to make any impulsive decisions while you’re there.

There really are cats everywhere!

A photo posted by Jolyn Myers (@j0lyn) on Feb 13, 2015 at 1:05pm PST

#3. Five minutes into your visit, you feel confident you can hold on to your promise.

Day 7: Visited heaven today 💕🐱🐱🐱

A photo posted by Sharon Saeteurn (@sharonsaeteurn) on Apr 9, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT

#4.  But then you see the world’s most adorable living creature… and your willpower crumbles.

#5. You try to leave but then you take one look into the animal’s pleading eyes and know it’s a hopeless cause: you’ve fallen in love.

The moment you fall in love | Pitt Bulls & Parolees ✖️♥️✖️🐾✖️

A photo posted by Casey Jamerson (@caseyjamerson) on Aug 22, 2015 at 7:44pm PDT

#6. “It’s a good idea to get a rescue animal,” you keep telling yourself.

#7. After a quick phone call to your landlord, you tell the attendant you want to take the bundle of adorable home.

#8. A quick orientation from the animal shelter later, and you feel 100% ready to be a pet parent.

Congrats Callie! You're going to your forever home! #R2PB #catsofinstagram #puppybowl #animalplanet

A photo posted by Animal Planet (@animalplanet) on Jun 7, 2015 at 12:26pm PDT

#9. You pet-proof your house and stock on the basics: food, water bowl, TLC.

😊😊😊😊 getting ready #petco #kitten #kittenstuff #catstuff

A photo posted by Kat (@kpphoto15) on Jul 8, 2015 at 4:08pm PDT

#10. The next day, you return to the shelter to fill the necessary paperwork. You pinch yourself to check if you’re dreaming.

i adopted a brother. #chihuahua #rescuechihuahuas #seniorchihuahuas

A photo posted by Ernest "Hemi" Hemingway (@hemingwaypup) on May 31, 2015 at 9:52am PDT

#11. You take your new baby for a quick visit to the vet to check they’re in good health.

#12. The two of you also stop by a pet store to get a leash and other animal things that are more expensive than your own human ones.

#13. During the ride home, you sit your brand-old pet close and decide together what name suits them best.

#14. You finally settle on a ridiculously cute food-inspired name such as “sprinkles” or “cookie”.

#justadopted 🐶 #coachella @pennylane_themaltipoo #theretreat

A photo posted by Samantha Freedman (@samfreedman1) on Apr 11, 2015 at 4:51pm PDT

#15. When you get home, you show them their bed and designated play area.

#16. They decide to sleep on your bed instead and claim ownership of the entire house.

#17. You attempt to discipline them. They laugh at your failed attempts and poop on your new carpet.

#18. For the next few months, they continue to ~lovingly~ unleash hell upon your house.

Destructo kitty #catsofinstagram #catownerproblems

A photo posted by Sooze (@sooze87) on Sep 10, 2015 at 2:27am PDT

#19. After a while, you get used to sharing your mattress with a ball of fur, and said ball of fur finally lets you potty train them.

Afternoon nap with us? 😴💤

A photo posted by Piriyamanas Nikki (@msnkkii) on Aug 23, 2013 at 2:07pm PDT

#20. Your friends visit “you”, but refuse to acknowledge your existence once they see your pet.

#21. You don’t blame them. Who could resist that furry face?

#22. Your pet quickly climbs the priority ladder to become your best friend.

#23. The two of you go on fun-filled adventures together. They are the Timon to your Pumbaa.

No man is an island (especially with a dog). #jackrussell

A photo posted by Danielle Lurie (@daniellelurie) on Sep 5, 2015 at 2:38pm PDT

#24. Before you know it, a year goes by, then two, then ten. You can’t imagine where your pet would be if you hadn’t rescued them.

#25. Then you think about how different your life would have been.

I am so grateful for @animalleague! We adopted Savvy last year and we love her so much!! #GetYourRescueOn

A photo posted by Camren Bicondova (@camrenbicondova) on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:10pm PDT

#26. And you finally realize why they call them “rescue animals” — they rescue you.

Cuddle time with mommy #cute #chihuahua #cuddles #derpydog

A photo posted by Reginald Barkley (@reginaldbarkley) on Aug 31, 2014 at 9:10pm PDT

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