We can never really know how animals are feeling – and while we often describe their emotions in human terms, they have their own way of interacting with the world and its people.

But sometimes we see a photo of an animal that just feels like it radiates love. In those cases, it almost seems wrong to insist that animals can’t experience that emotion.

These 40+ animals are all affectionate in their own way, and one thing is pretty clear – they’re in a good place, and the moments captured in these photos melt our hearts.