They make us squee, giggle and sometimes shed a tear.
Looking back, 2013 had some incredible stories for some of four-legged (or two-legged) friends. We saw heartbreaking tales of animals and their owners, incredible animal rescues and, of course, viral sensations like Snoopybabe.
So to remember some of favourites (there were a lot) we've rounded up 13 of the cutest, heartwarming and most viral animal stories of 2013. Which one was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.