Big black dogs. FIV+ cats. Senior pets. Special needs animals. Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these special animals, Petfinder.com has designated September 17-23 as Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. This year, Petfinder has a record number of “less adoptables” in their gallery … nearly 1,000 shelter-nominated pets that are having a hard time finding forever homes! You can help!
- Post one “less adoptable” pet from the gallery each day on your Facebook profile or on Twitter.
- Add one of Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week graphics to your blog or website.
- Learn more about helping “less adoptable” pets by visiting the Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week home page.
Why It Matters
Petfinder launched its first Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet campaign in 2009 after recognizing that approximately 95 percent of shelters and rescue groups have a harder time finding homes for certain pets. The aim is to draw attention to the plight of overlooked animals and find permanent homes for pets considered less desirable.
Every day, families walk into shelters or visit Petfinder.com and, perhaps unconsciously, bypass some adoptable pets simply because of the way they look, their age, or because they have a condition such as blindness or deafness.
- Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com
This year, a Petfinder survey found that 99% of responding shelters and rescue groups currently have adoptable pets that are having a harder time getting adopted. In fact, according to the survey, these “less-adoptable” pets are likely to spend nearly four times longer than the average pet waiting for a home – sometimes as long as two years!
Which pets do shelters and rescue groups have the hardest time finding homes for?
- Older pets are often more mellow.
- Pets with physical disabilities are often unaffected by their handicap.
- “Bad breed” dogs are often sweet and friendly.
- And dark-furred animals go with everything!
Help spread the word about Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week and help these special animals find their forever homes!
Meet Thelma and Louise!
Thelma and Louise are sisters. Rescued in August of 2010 they are available for adoption together in Huntsville, AL. Both suffered from an inherited disease called Eyelid Agenesis and both had successful surgeries. Thelma has no vision issues at all; Louise is considered “legally blind” but she can see shadows. Both girls are happy, healthy, playful and loving. They are looking for a special family to adopt them together.