We love a sweet story about a pet adoption, and once in a while there are those that stick with you — like the Pit Bull whose 8-year-old owner adored him so much that she wrote instructions for his new owner, or the 18-year-old dog whose adopter was so excited to meet her that he was waiting at the shelter when it opened.

In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, we’ve pulled together five of our recent favorites in the gallery below. If you’re thinking about bringing a shelter pet into your life, here’s what you need to know.

  • Rhino Lightning adoptino
  • Maui the kitten
  • Julep adopted
  • Firefighter with puppy he adopted
  • NFL player Tyler Matakevich with pup

5 Fantastic Forever Homes

Rhino Lightning adoptino

Humane Society of Utah / Facebook

Maui the kitten

St. Aubyn Veterinary Clinic / Facebook

Julep adopted

Humane Rescue Alliance

Firefighter with puppy he adopted

Charleston Animal Society Firefighter Calendar

NFL player Tyler Matakevich with pup

Twitter / 44_matakevich

  • A mother dog and her seven puppies were rescued by a group of guys on a bachelor weekend.
    5 of the Sweetest Pet Adoption Stories of 2016
  • Miracle Molly smothered her hero, Amtrak Police Officer Kevin McMullen, with kisses when he visited her on Friday.
    Our 6 Favorite Animal Rescue Stories of 2016
  • Duke Rescue McKinney Texas
    Animals Rescued by Police and Firefighters
  • Rico, a 6-year-old German Shepherd, was reunited with his California family after he was found in Virginia.
    5 Dog-and-Owner Reunions That Will Make You Cry

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