Did you know?
- According to a recent survey done by Petfinder.com, 95% of rescues have pets they consider to be “less-adoptable”
- 33% of shelters say they have pets that have been posted on the Petfinder site for 1-2 years
- 27% say they have had pets who have been posted and waiting for their forever family for more than 2 years
So who are these “less-adoptable” animals? They are the disabled ones, the senior ones, the ones with three legs or one eye, the ones with black coats, the blind ones, the ones that require special medication… the ones that especially need a family to love them. It breaks my heart knowing that there are perfectly wonderful and loving animals out there who have been waiting for a family to call their own for OVER 2 YEARS, simply because they aren’t someone’s idea of perfect.
My husband and I have welcomed five “less-adoptable” cats into our family since we’ve been married, so I speak from experience when I say that there is nothing like sharing your home with a “less-adoptable.” I love all my cats equally and don’t play favorites, but there is something special about the bond formed with an animal who has been ignored, left behind, or abandoned just because they are different. Not to mention the indescribable feeling when you get to watch them overcome an obstacle, come out of their shell, or just be their silly selves.
“Less-adoptable” does not mean “less-lovable.” It could even be argued that it means quite the opposite. In fact, I like to think of these “less-adoptables” as having special features rather than disabilities or shortcomings. These special features enhance their personalities and make them… well, extra-special!
So if you are thinking about adding a furry furiend to your family, I suggest considering one with a special feature or two. You won’t regret it. I guarantee you that not only will your family grow, but your heart will too.
From left to right:
Sophie – cerebellar hypoplasia
Sassy – FIV+
Kylo Ren – all black
Milton – stunted growth, born with no eyes, unfortunately no longer with us
Radagast – disabled back legs