Tomorrow, September 16th, is the first day of Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week! This is one cause that we are more than happy to spread awareness of. While kittens and puppies often get adopted immediately, many other animals spend months or even years hoping someone will choose them and love them. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, a Cy-Fair, TX vet discusses adopting a less adoptable pet.
Pets With Medical Issues
One reason that many pets are overlooked is because people just automatically assume that they’re hard to care for. That’s not always the case! Dogs and cats that can’t see or hear well can be just as happy, playful, and affectionate as any other pet: they may just need some extra care. For instance, a blind dog may benefit from having carpet runners and scent markers, while a deaf kitty may learn to come when you flash a laser pointer.
Black Dogs And Cats
Misconceptions are to blame here as well. Black cats in particular have suffered from bad PR, due to old wives’ tales and superstitions associating them with witches and witchcraft. These kitties typically stay in shelters 24 percent longer than other adoptable kitties. In fact, about a third of the cats in shelters are black. You may find that the furry little void no one wanted is a super sweet and lovable pet!
Senior pets also have a hard time getting adopted. This is very sad, because they actually have some wonderful traits and benefits. For one thing, they’re often very sweet and calm, not to mention completely adorable. Plus, pets in their golden years don’t need as much exercise or playtime as younger pets. They’re also less destructive than kittens and puppies.
To be fair, behavioral issues are a cause for concern. If you have a cat, it’s important to choose a dog that’s cat-friendly. However, keep in mind that aggressive pets are often not considered suitable for adoption in the first place. Issues like fear and anxiety can often be drastically improved with behavioral training. In any case, it never hurts to ask questions and get more information. Don’t underestimate what love, patience, and great TLC can do!
Does your furry friend need to come in for an exam? Contact us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX veterinary hospital, today!