Petfinder has designated September 17 – 25 as “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. I think everyone has their own idea of what type of pet is “less adoptable” but less adoptable pets are often those who have special needs because of a physical or medical condition, are black, or are seniors. I think those are some of the best pets, and we’ve adopted three of them!
We adopted Sammi, a three-legged, 10-year old cat from our local SPCA. She is an absolute joy and we’ve learned a lot about the needs of a three-legged cat by providing a safe and comfortable home for Sammi.
We also adopted Raven, a black cat, from our local SPCA. She is one of the most fun cats I’ve had the pleasure of having in our family. Yes, it is difficult to get good photographs of her, but she’s absolutely beautiful in real life and I’m honored she chose us when we visited the SPCA. She’s kept us on our toes with her fun kitty antics.
We adopted our Golden Retriever Bentley when he was 9 years old. That’s getting fairly old for a Golden Retriever, but little did we know he would share 7 wonderful years with us. That’s right, he lived to 17 years old! You can read some of our tips for living with a senior dog on our website.
If you’re considering adopting a pet, please don’t overlook the “less adoptable” pets. The special-needs, dark colored, funny-looking, or senior pets make great pets if you have the time to learn about their special needs and the ability to provide the little extra care or attention they may need. Not only do you save the life of a special animal, you’ll probably learn more about yourself, about the pet, and about others by caring for a special animal.