14 awesome photos of shelter dogs the moment they knew they were adopted

Living in an animal shelter can be difficult for dogs. They are likely recovering from abusive homes, injuries, illness or abandonment. Some dogs have been living in shelters for weeks or months at a time, so it's no surprise that most are really happy when they finally get to go to their new homes.
The adorable photos in this article range from day of adoption to adoption anniversaries. Just try not to have your heart warmed when you see the happiness these dogs radiate.
1. Smiling pooch
This dog's winning smile sent social media into a frenzy. Thousands of people liked, commented and shared this adorable adoption photo. After spending 100 days in the shelter, this dog almost lost his new home after a Michigan township ordinance prohibiting pit bulls and pit bull mixes made his residency illegal. Fortunately, the case was dismissed, according to People.
2. Happy couple
This sweet dog, Dozer, spent two months in an animal hospital after being shot. One of the vets who cared for him fell in love with his sweet face. Don't you think they make a cute couple?
3. Frolik and family
This sweet dog found the perfect family! The happy faces in this pic show just how happy Frolik and his new family are to have finally found each other.
4. Evony
This sweet pup was taken from a home where she was left abandoned. Adopting this sweet dog wasn't a difficult choice for her new family. Moved from the city to the suburbs, Evony looks pretty happy too!
5. The adoption difference
This sweet lab looked cozy on the day she was adopted, but you can tell the difference that just a month makes! She's bigger and healthier!
6. Husky and happy
Miska was adopted by her forever family from the Dunn County Humane Society. The family looks pretty cozy together.
7. Spokey the happy dog
The before and after photos in this image are just one day apart. She's obviously overjoyed by her new surroundings and her new family!
8. Ned and the car ride
Most dogs love riding in the front seat, and Ned is no different. His fun smile and wagging tongue make it pretty obvious that he's happy to be out of the shelter!
9. Laurel the cheerful pup
It's pretty obvious from the smiles on their faces that both dog and her new pal are excited about the adoption. This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
10. Friendly fenced-in dog
His preadoption eyes may be pleading and innocent, but his after-adoption eyes are, well, the same! Looks like this sweet dog got a little too excited about his adoption.​
11. Nora and kids
This colorful photo shows just how much fun these little ones have with their new furry family member. And the dog looks pretty chill about rocking those glasses!
12. Moos the beach dog
What a difference a little bit of time and TLC makes! Moos made a great recovery following his adoption. This dog definitely looks much healthier and happier!
13. Happy adoption day, Jasper!
Have you ever seen a happier dog? Not likely! This pooch was celebrating his adoption anniversary when this cute photo was taken. The hat suits him!
14. Hazel and friend
This happy dog was rescued from a shelter. Her nom de plume changed from Abigail to Hazel when she met her forever family. This pair looks like they could cause a bit of trouble (after the laughing is done!).
Do you think these dogs are adorable? Make sure to share this article with your adoption-loving friends on Facebook!

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