There’s a pretty important week coming up: Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week starts on the 30th. Puppies and kittens often get adopted very quickly. Many other animals also find homes within a few weeks of landing at a shelter. However, some of our furry friends have a very hard time getting adopted. A local Wickenburg vet discusses adopting less adoptable pets in this article.
The term less adoptable pets actually covers a pretty wide selection of pets. Senior pets have a very hard time getting adopted, which is very sad because they tend to be very sweet and calm, and just want to nap and snuggle. Black dogs and cats also take longer to get adopted, due to old (and incorrect) superstitions. Animals with physical handicaps, such as blindness, deafness, and missing limbs, also struggle. Bully breeds, such as pit bulls, have trouble as well, as do pets with health issues.
Why go for the underdog? It can be a beautiful and rewarding experience to help an animal in need. The emotional connection we build with our furry friends is always truly extraordinary, but it can be particularly strong when the pet has had a rough go. Less adoptable pets are also just as fun, lovable, and cute as any other pet. You’ll also be helping other animals, both by freeing up resources and helping that shelter stay funded. That’s definitely something you can feel great about!
There are some things to consider before adopting a less adoptable pet. The first is to really think about what sort of pet will fit best into your home. As mentioned above, bully breeds are considered less adoptable. However, it is true that many of them have strong prey drive. And, if you are a renter and/or live in an HOA, you may not be allowed to have one. You’ll also want to find out whether or not you should expect additional costs for veterinary care. In many cases, less adoptable pets just need slightly different care. If you’re adopting a blind cat, you’ll want to set out carpet runners and scent markers, and perhaps get a running fountain. Getting a senior dog? Pick up pet ramps and stairs. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact Hassayampa Veterinary Services, serving Wickenburg and the surrounding communities, anytime!