Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week 2015
I know, right? We’ll have to think of a way to punish her later. Right now though, let’s tell our readers why this week is so important!
Great idea! Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week was started in 2009 by Petfinder.com to celebrate pets that may have a hard time getting adopted. There are lots of different types of pets that are considered to be “less adoptable” – seniors pets, pets with special needs, black cats or dogs, misunderstood dog breeds, pets with disabilities, or those with behavioral issues. Sassy and I here are both special needs pets and would be considered “less-adoptable.” We are very blessed to have been adopted, as there are many less-adoptable pets out there who haven’t been adopted yet.
That’s right. According to a survey conducted by Petfinder, 99% of rescue groups and shelters have taken in less-adoptable pets. However, many of these pets wait four times longer to get adopted than the average adoptable pet; some even wait for years. I was rescued from a life on the streets by my mom and dad, and when they took me to the vet after bringing me into their family, I tested positive for FIV. Though I have a virus similar to HIV in humans, I can actually live a normal, healthy, and happy life. Many people do not understand this, so unfortunately, FIV+ kitties are often overlooked at shelters and rescues.
I have a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia. It makes me wobbly and uncoordinated, but like Sassy, I can live a normal, healthy, and happy life. In fact, my mom and dad say that I am the happiest kitty they’ve ever met. Before they adopted me though, I was overlooked by many at the rescue I was with. I watched all of the other kittens around me get adopted, while everyone kept asking, “What’s wrong with that one?” There’s really nothing wrong with me. I’m just different!
Sophie, you said that purrfectly. There ISN’T anything wrong with us, or any of the other less-adoptable pets out there. We are just different – or “specially featured” as you like to say, Sophie. Whether blind, three-legged, old, diabetic, scared, FIV+, or wobbly, we are all just as capable of loving as any other pet. We may be “less-adoptable,” but we certainly aren’t less-lovable.
If you are thinking about adopting an animal into your family, we encourage you to consider adopting one of us less-adoptables. It could be one of the best things you ever do!