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Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week starts on September 18th! This is one topic that is truly close to our hearts. Many wonderful and lovable pets get passed over, simply because they’re a little less than perfect. That’s not only unfair, it’s also very sad: sometimes the overlooked, forgotten pets make the best buddies ever! Here, an Ada, MI vet shines the spotlight on less adoptable pets.
Pets can be passed over for many reasons. Senior pets often have a very hard time getting adopted, as so many people want puppies or kittens. Dogs and cats that are blind, deaf, or perhaps missing limbs, are also on this list, as are black ones, who are still suffering bad PR from those old superstitions. Fido and Fluffy may also struggle to find a home if they have health conditions, such as feline leukemia or diabetes. With dogs, the ‘bully breeds’ and very large dogs also have a hard time.
The same reason you’d want to adopt any other pet: they’re cute, sweet, lovable, and fun! You may also find it extremely rewarding to help one of these sweet pets. Animals know when someone has helped them, and tend to be extremely loving and loyal. In some ways, less adoptable pets actually have benefits that other pets don’t. For instance, senior pets are usually very sweet and calm, and are already trained.
It’s important to choose a pet that’s right for you. If you have a rambunctious toddler, then a pooch with behavioral issues probably won’t be a good match for your family. However, a sleepy senior dog may be a great fit. Do some research, and learn about your potential pet’s care needs. Pit bulls, for instance, are one of the most returned breeds. They do have strong prey drive, and are not allowed by some landlords or HOA’s. However, they are also one of the most abused breeds. That doesn’t mean they can’t be great pets: many are very sweet. Care is another thing to consider. If you’re considering adopting a cat with FeLV, or perhaps a pet with hearing or vision issues, ask your vet about their care needs. Many less adoptable pets don’t need any extra care: just perhaps slightly different care.
Do we have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Ada, MI pet hospital, anytime!