Posted on September 16, 2012
Adopting a “Less Adoptable” Pet
This week happens to be Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. For those of you unfamiliar with this terrific organization, Petfinder is an online resource that showcases homeless animals from almost 14,000 shelters and rescue organizations across the United States. There’s no better way to learn about animals available for adoption in your community. In fact, my family found Quinn, the newest canine member of our tribe via Petfinder!
Every year Petfinder devotes a week to showcasing those animals who are deemed to be “less adoptable”. On average, these animals wait for a home nearly four times longer than the more adoptable pets. In fact, sometimes the wait is more than two years! Why are these animals being overlooked? Senior dogs and cats are notoriously more difficult to place. Those who are fearful or shy, dogs and cats with all black haircoats, and animals with specific behavioral or medical needs are often less adoptable.
Even if you are not currently looking for a new family member, I encourage you to spend a few minutes viewing this year’s Less Adoptable Gallery. You will find photos of each animal accompanied by their stories, some of which are sad, but all of which are interesting. For example, there is Gramms, the dog featured in the photo accompanying this blog. As Petfinder tells us:
Gramms is a sweet, loving 12-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. She spent many years hunting by her owner’s side, only to be turned in to the shelter after she couldn’t hunt anymore. Now, she is looking for a safe, loving home to retire at. She is happy, a little feisty when she doesn’t get her way and loves to nap at your feet. She has a small limp from a broken bone that was never treated, but that doesn’t stop her from playing, going for walks and sitting for treats.
Please share this gallery with all of your animal loving family and friends to help make this year’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week a rip roaring success!
Have you ever adopted a “less adoptable” pet? If so, please tell us all about him or her.
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at www.speakingforspot.com, Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.