Every day, thousands of special needs animals die in shelters, and month after month they wait far too long in foster care for a forever family to adopt them.
Many factors can contribute to a pet being viewed as "less adoptable" including a physical disability such as a missing limb or eye, or being blind or deaf. Being old can cause an animal to be passed up by adopters, as can an incurable illness, a minor ailment or even the colour of their fur.
To help promote these unusual (or, in some cases, far too common) animals, Petfinder has designated September 17-25, 2011 as "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week".
online gallery, or use their pet-search tool to find a special pet for adoption near you.
LOYAL Rescue has a number of senior and special needs animals in our foster program, including Tina the Poodle-x who requires drops in her eyes a few times a day, Rocco the senior Rat Terrier who is blind and partially deaf, Willis the senior Rat Terrier who is deaf, and Molly the young Schnauzer who has seizures that are managed by medication. These are just a few of the amazing dogs currently living with our dedicated foster families who are waiting for a forever home of their own.
Special needs animals are just that - incredibly special - and we strongly encourage you to visit Petfinder and look into offering one a forever home. Just because an animal requires special care and is considered "less adoptable" than others does not mean that they are less worthy of love or an amazing forever family of their own. Please spread the word about special needs and "less adoptable" animals, and visit Petfinder today to find your next furry family member.