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These 21 stories about how 9NEWS viewers met their pets will warm your cold, dead heart

"How I Met Your Mother" has some serious competition ...

DENVER — If there’s one thing that just about everybody loves, it’s animals. And maybe that’s why some of the most followed and beloved accounts on Instagram belong to pets!

We’re introducing you to some of the Pets of Instagram on 9NEWS Mornings the week of Feb. 25. And let’s be real: in this sometimes depressing world, there’s nothing better than looking at cute photos, so we asked our viewers to share how they met their pets.

As you might guess, they delivered, and the stories are absolutely adorable. You’re welcome to join in on to the conversation on our Facebook page ... and trust us when we say this: reading the comments might actually be worth it. You won't regret it (and it might restore your faith in humans!). 

How did you meet your pet? Pictured below is Molly. She met her new mom and dad by giving them a big hug at an adoption event at a pet store. She'd been in the shelter for months! As you can see,...

Here are some of the adorable stories! 

Love at first sight ... 

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A friend when you need one the most ... 

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I'm not crying, you're crying ...

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We don't deserve animals! 

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And seriously, the comments on this Facebook post have been nothing but beautiful and pure. 

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