How do human beings repay the unconditional love given to us by our pets? We neglect them, abandon them, and in some horrific instances — have even been known to abuse them.
But just because an animal's life might sometimes begin badly, that isn't to say that it always ends the same. Happy endings are real, and superhero paw-parents do exist.
So if your day is in need of a little brightening up, take a look below at these wholesome pictures of rescue pets.