5 adorable pet adoption tails

Brown dog in a home with blanket over her and her eyes closed and smiling with tongue out
Meet a puppy who can’t believe she got adopted, a cat who snuggles her sloth toy and more pets with new families.
By Best Friends staff

No matter how big or small, young or old, it’s a magical moment when homeless pets have new families to love them. The wagging tails, rumbling purrs and smiling faces are all the proof we need of that. From coast to coast, Best Friends helps thousands of pets into new homes each year, and every adoption is a cause for celebration (and maybe a few happy tears).

We’re thrilled to share some of that joy with you, so here are a few of the dogs and cats who recently settled into their new lives with their new favorite people.

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Despina’s first order of business in her new home was to enjoy some delicious (cat-safe) cake to celebrate the occasion. Then her new family sent this adorable update:

“Despina is doing great! She settled in right away, quite comfortably, with all her animal siblings (two dogs, three cats and a guinea pig). She particularly bonded with Dunkin. He is her big cat brother and follows her around all day long. They get into some good wrestling matches, followed by loving licks and snuggles. She’s very brave and playful. We all love and adore her.”


Someone must have caught the exact moment Taz learned he was going home because look at that grin. You can practically hear the excited mew through the screen! Taz looks thrilled, and we’re thrilled for him. He and his new family are going to have lots of reasons to smile from here on out.

Grumpy and Sneezy

When you’ve got two adorable puppies wagging their tails at you, it seems impossible to pick just one. Of course, you could always just decide to adopt both. That’s what Jessie and her family did, and now siblings Grumpy and Sneezy get to continue their puppy antics and grow up together — double the doggy fun for everyone.


It’s hard to tell who’s happier about Tupi’s adoption — Tupi or his new family, which provided the following update:

“This boy. He is such a character. He has come into his own and has a personality bigger than his waistline. He is the sweetest, most loving dog we have had in our lives. He is goofy. He is expressive. He pouts if he gets fussed at and gets so excited when we come home from anywhere, no matter how long we have been gone (10 minutes or 10 days). He has made our lives and home so much more awesome.”


High-energy, outgoing Kyla loves people and had no problem laying on the charm when she met Benji and his family. She purred, and nuzzled, and she worked her calico cuteness until they were smitten. Just look at that satisfied face. “Yeah, these are my people now.”

This article was originally published in the November/December 2022 issue of Best Friends magazine. Want more good news? Become a member and get stories like this six times a year.