Puppies and kittens are often the first to be adopted, while others spend more of their years in shelters due to factors beyond their control. These animals are no different in the amount of joy they can bring to any pet lover’s life, but sadly, many pets are considered “less adoptable.” To highlight these pets that are often disregarded and to bring to light what makes them special, Petfinder created Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week.
Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week is held annually in the 3rd week of September. It is unfortunate that several animals are not adopted because they don’t resemble the “perfect” pets, but this holiday was developed to change that.
What and When is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week?
Many pets can spend many years of their lives waiting in shelters for their day to come when they are finally chosen. They witness human after human coming in and picking another pet over them and watch so many of their furry friends go to their new forever homes. If that statement tugged at your heartstrings, you now understand why Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week was developed.
Some animals in shelters are considered “less adoptable” because they are older, have a disability, or just have a bad reputation due to the breed’s history. However, the truth is that these pets are no different when it comes to companionship and love.
Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week shines a light on these qualities and brings awareness to potential pet owners about the stereotype that has shaped the future of these lovable fur babies. It provides an opportunity for the animals to find their forever home.
Which Types of Pets Are Less Adoptable?
Generally, shelter animals are adopted within 12.5 weeks, but pets that are in shelters for 48 weeks or longer are typically classified as less adoptable. It could be because they’re old, ill, disabled, or simply look good ragged. Senior pets are often overlooked because of their shorter lifespan and illnesses that may occur due to their age.
Pets with special needs are adopted less because owners are uncertain of their care requirements, and often black cats and dogs are overlooked because the color has been associated with aggressiveness and superstitions. Some dog breeds are considered less desirable because of their reputation, such as Pitbulls, who are often mistaken to be aggressive and unsafe for children.
Overall, “less adoptable” pets can include the following:
- Senior pets
- Physically disabled pets
- Hearing-impaired animals
- Blind animals
- “Aggressive” breeds
- Pets with mange
- Unwell pets with conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy
- “Shy” pets
- Black dogs and cats
How to Observe Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week
While it’s impossible to take all the “less adoptable” pets home with you, there are many things you can do to take part and make a difference. No difference is too small or insignificant!
Shelters and rescues use the event to raise awareness, but you can make a difference all year!
What are the Benefits of Adopting a Less Adoptable Pet
Adopting an overlooked pet has several benefits.
Adopting a “less adoptable” is a noble act since it helps pets find their forever home where they will be cared for, loved, and safe. Every animal deserves love, and adopting a pet with disabilities or only a few years left on the clock can open our hearts and help us be more present and patient with our pets. Kindness is also contagious, so you may inspire your friends and family to do the same, and it will teach your kids about empathy and kindness.
Improving Pets’ Lives
When you adopt a pet who has waited so long to find a home, they are filled with gratitude and don’t fail to show it. We often don’t give animals enough credit for their emotional intelligence, but if you rescue a pet from a shelter, especially ones that are “less adoptable,” you’ll improve their emotional health considerably. We like to believe that their gratitude and unconditional love make them so special.
Adopting a “less adoptable” pet will also help to free up space in shelters and rescues, and what you may not anticipate is that they are often easy to care for. For instance, an older dog may be happy napping most of the day!
Older pets are also most likely housetrained and generally have a more calm and docile personality, unlike a rambunctious puppy knocking things over and chewing everything. So, if you prefer a companion to curl up with you while you read a book, an older pet may be the most suitable option.
Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week occurs annually in the third week of September. Petfinder developed it to raise awareness about the myths and misconceptions of “less adoptable” pets and highlight the joys and love they can bring into your life.
You can change the life of a pet who has waited months to be adopted, and giving them a forever home can be a beautiful experience for you. These pets are often the most loving since they are so grateful and appreciative to receive the love, care, warmth, and safety of a new home and human companion.