Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week: September 17th – 23rd, 2012

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet

Adorable kittens, fluffy puppies, and young, fit dogs in shelters seem to eventually find their way into a ‘forever home’.  But what about the elder, disabled, and more difficult shelter pets? These cats and dogs often spend a large portion of their life in shelters and foster homes. PetFinder.com has designated next week Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. From September 17th until the 23rd, they are encouraging people to adopt pets that are old, physically disabled or limited, or are of a ‘bad reputation’ dog breed.

Petfinder.com 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.  “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,” said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of Petfinder.com.

Benefits of adopting a less-adoptable pet:

  • Older dogs are more mellow
  • Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap
  • Dark-furred pets make it easier to accessorize (black goes with everything!)
  • Pets with behavioral issues allow you to bond over training and overcoming obstacles
  • Big dogs are easier to find and make great cuddle buddies!
  • Prove everyone wrong when your ‘bad reputation’ breed is well behaved and sweet as can be
  • A pet rabbit, turtle or other small animals are still loveable and can be easier to care for!

If you are in the market to adopt, start browsing PetFinder’s Less-Adoptable Pet feed or visit your local shelter. If you know of a shelter that would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, let them know that PetFinder has some great resources for them to get started.

Have you ever adopted a less-adoptable pet? If so, tell us why your pet rocks!


This information was provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz.