Whether or not you already own a pet, chances are that your social media feeds are full of dog, cat, and other animal accounts guaranteed to brighten up your day.
In this post, we’ve found some super-cute, super-adorable feeds that are pretty much guaranteed to melt your heart, not just because the animals are gorgeous, but because they’re all animal rescue accounts. Some of the stories behind those big wide eyes are sure to set off even the most hardened of viewers.
If you’re looking for some new animals to add to your daily scrolling, then look no further than these. If you’re thinking of adopting a new dog, cat or other type of animal, it can also be a good idea to look for the social media accounts of local rescue centers, since you may just come across your next best friend.
These accounts come from across the globe, but you can find plenty more by searching for hashtags such as #petrescue, #animalrescue, #dogrescue and so on. Many specific breeds also have dedicated rescue accounts too – try searching for the name of the breed followed by rescue, for example #labradorrescue.
So without further ado, here are 10 accounts to get following right now...
Meet Panther, this cutie is still looking for a loving home in the #LosAngeles area!🧡 Since we aren’t able to host our usual adoption events, we’re letting him take over our Stories today for a “virtual” event! Please tune in if you or someone you know is interested in adopting and visit aspca.org/AdoptionSurvey (link in bio!) for more info. To follow social distancing guidelines, we're facilitating "contact-free adoptions" by hosting virtual meet-and-greets with potential adopters and foster parents. If a match is made, we're offering to use a ride-share service to send kitties to their new homes! #aspca #catsofinstagram #catsofig ASPCA
A photo posted by @aspca on Aug 17, 2020 at 12:55pm PDT
Do you need a feel good story to brighten your day? Find out how Leo, a #Miami resident with a heart of gold 💛 became an instant puppy rescuer: https://t.co/omgT3lYhPN pic.twitter.com/T3obskCkyPJuly 14, 2020
Another official account of a huge animal rescue organization, this time the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; you get a steady stream of heart-melting stories about a variety of different animals (mostly dogs and cats). You’ll also find information on animals that need to be rescued, as well as some tips for looking after your own.
2. Official RSPCA
🐰💖🐰Searching for a new friend this #RabbitAwarenessWeek? Mars is a friendly, inquisitive bunny who will sit at the front of his hutch to see what is going on. This beautiful boy loves being indoors he will happily binky around and is very nosey. #FindEachOtherin our bio link: https://bit.ly/RSPCA-MarsBun #RabbitAwarenessWeek #Rabbit #Rabbits #Bunny #Bunnies #RabbitsOfInstagram #Rabbitstagram #RabbitsOfInsta #RabbitsOfIg #ILoveRabbits #PetRabbit #BunniesOfInstagram #Bunnystagram #BunniesOfInsta #BunniesOfIg #ILoveBunnies #PetBunny #RSPCA RSPCA England and Wales
A photo posted by @official_rspca on Aug 16, 2020 at 12:30pm PDT
🐰💖🐰Rabbits are a social species and most like to live with another bunny buddy! Lots of people keep them with other species, but they are normally happiest with another rabbit of the opposite sex (neutered, of course!). Read more: https://t.co/NAGNzGZY95 #RabbitAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/8ZRVzUx4nQAugust 18, 2020
The official account of the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in England and Wales, expect to see a host of different beautiful animals, as well as tips and advice to look after your own furry friends. You’ll also see animals who are available for adoption. This account features all different types of animals, not just cats and dogs .
3. Sasha’s Shelter
Grizli and her sibling were found at a garbage dump as puppies. Because of the unsanitary conditions and being surrounded with garbage, unfortunately Grizli's sibling eventually got too sick and died... 💔 😔 When Grizli was found, the little pup was disoriented and full of fleas. Without food or water, there was a high chance that she could get sick too. Luckily Grizli was taken into Sasha's Shelter, and he's been in the puppy area for quite some time. To continue our mission of saving dogs and giving them have a better future, we absolutely need the help of our supporters and Patrons. With steady donations we're able to provide costs for food, vet care, daily overhead costs, infrastructure... 🆘️ By donating, you are directly helping to save dogs lives 🐕 ❤ Become a Patron: 🦸♀️ 🦸♂️ ❤ 🐕 patreon.com/sashashelter Donate via PayPal:🦸♀️ 🦸♂️ ❤ 🐕 email@example.com Thank you! 💖 #thedodo #barked #dogshelter #animalrescue #germanshepherd #dogrescue #rescueddogs #shelterdog #shelterdogs #sashashelter #doggo #animalshelter #patreon #puppy #puppyrescuemission Sasha's Shelter
A photo posted by @sashashelter on Aug 14, 2020 at 5:06am PDT
This shelter in Nis, Serbia, is home to more than 750 rescue dogs. Follow the page for updates on the many beautiful canine companions it rescues. Some of the stories behind these dogs are absolutely heartbreaking, but there are happy endings and uplifting tales to read about too.
4. Cats Protection
Brave kittens Ranchi and Rome are ready to find their furever home! After suffering from cat flu and having their eyes removed, they are now looking for an experienced owner, with a quiet home to help them adjust to their new surroundings and life outside of care. If you are interested in adopting the playful pair please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 🐱🐱 . . #HereForTheCatsAndKittens #AdoptDontShop #KittensOfInstagram #BlindKittens Cats Protection 🐈
A photo posted by @catsprotection on Jul 20, 2020 at 7:58am PDT
It’s #InternationalHomelessAnimalsDay here are some of the pawsome furry friends in our care, who are still looking for their furever home! Like Vasilka a playful , friendly 8 year old. Could you be the one to give loving home. https://t.co/lCjey8Ly9e#AdoptDontShop 🐱 🏠 pic.twitter.com/CLYO2nV4ttAugust 15, 2020
The UK’s leading feline welfare charity’s beautiful Instagram feed is the ideal follow for cat lovers. See a steady stream of gorgeous moggies, as well as finding information on how to adopt a cat and give a rescue cat a new life and home. You can also find regional Cats Protection accounts, such as #catsprotectionharrow – just type CatsProtection into the search bar to find your nearest center.
5. DC Shiba Inu Rescue
Yuuna just wants to take a nap but her foster brother wants to look out the window! . . #dcsiryuuna #dcsirtakashi #shibainu #shiba #shibadog #shibalove #shibastagram #shibasofinstagram #instashiba #instashibainu #dcsir #dcshibainurescue #rescueshiba #shibaofinsta #dogsofinstagram #rescuesaveslives #dcsirfosterlife DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DC SIR)
A photo posted by @dcshibainurescue on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:43am PDT
If there’s any dog breed that is perfect for the ‘gram, it’s the Shiba Inu. The face of many dog memes, if you can’t get enough of this type of dog, this is an account dedicated to those that have been rescued by a shelter in Washington DC. Cuteness and heart-warming rescue stories? Come on – you have to give this one a follow.
6. Alittlebitiffy Animal Rescue Sanctuary
It's a carrot party and you're all invited, but BYO carrots because Oswald doesn't share 😝 Follow our Pawtners @nutsandchips @cavysthesassy @thepiggieherd @thefoxresidence @gcgpr @myperfectpiggyfamily @thepiggyparade @pigandnut 🐾 #guinea #pig #guineapig #cavy #instacavy #ilovecavies #guineapigsofinstagram #guineapigsof_ig #piggies #iloveguineapigs #guineapiglove #cavylove #cavylover #cavynation #guineapigrescue #animalrescue #alittlebitiffyanimalsanctuary #cute #rodent #instarodent #keepcalmcavyon #petstagram #petsofinstagram #instapets #adoptaguineapig #cavyofinstagram #cavyoftheday Guinea Pig Rescue
A photo posted by @alittlebitiffyanimalsanctuary on May 31, 2020 at 9:56pm PDT
If dogs and cats aren’t the only fluffy friends you find cute, check out this Instagram account dedicated to rescued guinea pigs. These cute little guys are sure to brighten up your day as you scroll past. Generally, most of the guinea pigs are long-termers with specific and long-term medical needs, so it’s not an account to follow with the hopes of adoption, but we just love their cute faces nonetheless.
7. Many Tears Rescue
Chai is a 4 month old cross breed pup who has come to us from Romania Chai was found in a forest with her litter mates, with no food or water and was taken to a rescue there before arriving with us Chai is a beautiful girl who very sadly is quite scared and fearful at the moment and will need lots of love, patience and TLC to help her out of her shell With staff members she knows and trusts, she is a very loving girl, but she is very unsure of strangers at the moment and can panic when frightened She will need an adult only home with a kind resident dog to help show her the way #mtar #manytears #manytearsanimalrescue #manytearsrescue #romanianrescuedog #romanianrescue #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedog #crossbreed #crossbreedpuppy #adoptme #adoptdontshop Many Tears Rescue
A photo posted by @manytearsrescue on May 24, 2020 at 9:35am PDT
If you’re serious about adopting a dog in the near future then following a page like Many Tears Rescue is a great idea. It will update you with information on dogs and puppies that are available to adopt. But even if you’re not looking to adopt, this is a page filled with cute faces and sweet stories, so follow it anyway.
8. Dog’s Trust
The bond between this brother and sister is special 💛 Sasha and Nelson are looking for a forever home together 🏡 Sasha is a little more shy than Nelson and can take her time to come around. Nelson on the other hand, loves making new friends 🐶 @dogstrust_leeds 📍 Dogs Trust 🐶💛
A photo posted by @dogstrust on Jul 20, 2020 at 6:33am PDT
The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, the Dog’s Trust Instagram account is filled with beautiful dogs, awesome characters, and information for those looking to adopt, as well as tips and tricks for those who already have their own dog. For lovers of all types of dog breed, this is the one for you.
9. Little Paws Dachshund Rescue
Lulu (formerly Sassy) 😍 is definitely Living Her Best Life! 😉Lulu was adopted a few months ago, and her Forever Mom ❤️ submitted this entry into our Little Paws 🐾 Alumn Calendar! 📆 Did you adopt from us? If so, send your pics via DM or via email 📧 to Applications@littlepawsdr.org Little Paws Dachshund Rescue
A photo posted by @littlepawsdr on Jul 24, 2020 at 5:14am PDT
Who doesn’t love a sausage dog, right? These characterful canines are beloved for their cheeky dispositions and cute nature. Follow this account to see wiener dogs that are fostered and adopted along the East Coast of the US. Even if you live nowhere near enough to be able to adopt one yourself, stick around for those sweet faces.
10. Nashville Cat Rescue
Macie, full of life. The first one to greet you in the morning with a loud purr. The always busy party girl who lives for playtime. The adventurous explorer who loves an active home. The social butterfly who likes other cats and calm dogs. That's our Macie, full of life and ready for her forever family. If this special girl sounds like the purrfect addition to your family, shoot an email to email@example.com. She's about 13 weeks old and has been spayed and vaccinated. See more of her on @brentwoodkittyfoster. Nashville Cat Rescue
A photo posted by @nashvillecatrescue on Jun 16, 2020 at 2:57pm PDT
Another one for the cat-lovers among you. As the name suggests, this rescue centre is based in Nashville, Tennessee, but anybody from around the world can surely enjoy these cute felines. Whether you’ve got a penchant for kittens or prefer your cats fully grown, there’s something sweet to catch your attention as you scroll with this account.
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Amy Davies is a freelance writer and photographer with over 15 years experience. She has a degree in journalism from Cardiff University and has written about a huge variety of topics over the years. These days she mostly specialises in technology and pets, writing across a number of different titles including TechRadar, Stuff, Expert Reviews, T3, Digital Camera World, and of course PetsRadar. She lives in Cardiff with her dog, Lola, a rescue miniature dachshund.