All of our cats have come from the same no-kill shelter. Two of them lived there for over a year (Vinny lived there for almost 5 years!) Why? Because they were “less adoptable” cats. Vinny had chronic sinus problems and was 10 years old by the time we adopted him. Dharma… sweet Dharma is black.
Bet you might not have known that black cats are considered “less adoptable”. They blend in. They don’t get noticed. There are a lot of them. They don’t stand out and have cute markings. (Roll Dharma over and she has a little white patch by her privates!)
What are other characteristics of “less adoptable” pets?
That said, we’ve adopted three “less adoptable” animals. Vinny was 10, and had chronic health problems. Dharma is black. Ellis has very mild Cerebellar Hypoplasia (a virus passed on at birth caused physical impairments – mainly coordination and balance issues).
We love each of our cats so much, and I never considered any of them to be “different”. Ellis has no idea he has physical impairments. Vinny was so grateful to have a home after almost five years in a shelter. Dharma, only in our family for a week and a half now, is slowly starting to settle in and get comfortable with our cats. She and Ellis are currently sitting next to each other looking out our front door.
All animals deserve a chance to have a loving home. Obviously not everyone is able to take on a special needs animal, but there are plenty of other “less adoptable” animals that may be a good fit for your home.
This week is dedicated to spotlighting some very special pets who might get passed over. Petfinder asked member shelters and rescues to nominate very special animals who deserve loving homes but are considered less adoptable. You can view the gallery here.
If you’re looking for a new addition to your family, keep in mind that your furry companion might not be “perfect” in the eyes of the world, but what matters is that they will love you unconditionally and be loyal to you for life no matter what their physical capabilities, health status or coloring is.