Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet – Red Bluff Daily News
Pet adoptions can happen quickly for many of our furry friends. Unfortunately, there are a number of homeless animals that are not adopted within days or even weeks. Some of them, in fact, can languish in their kennels for months. Why can’t they have that loving family they deserve? Are they just unlucky or are there some commonalities between them that make them less than desirable?
“Less adoption” is the common thread they all share and that just means these pets are harder to place. We all know that pets come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone has their own unique personality. Unfortunately, according to Petfinder.com, older pets, adult cats, pit bull-type dogs, animals with special needs (those with disabilities), and black animals take a little longer to be. adopted because of their distinctiveness. In 2009, Petfinder created ‘Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet’ to raise awareness of the need to recognize and adopt pets that appear to be frequently overlooked. This week is next week.
All of us at Tehama County Animal Care Center here at Red Bluff believe that all pets are adorable and adoptable, but in this article, let’s see why some pets are considered “less adoptable” by society. At the time of this writing, 37 pets are available for adoption. Of these, 27 could, depending on the parameters listed above, be considered “less adoptable”. I have met them all, and there is not one that I consider unworthy of having a home forever.
A more mature adult animal can be the perfect pet in many homes. They can be a bit slower in some areas, but they certainly have a lot to offer, one of which is experience and maturity. With older animals, what you see is what you get. Not only have they reached their adult height, but their personalities have already developed. Despite some special considerations that an older pet might need, if you were ready to adopt one, you might find that it doesn’t need the constant supervision and reinforcement that puppies and kittens do. need, and they are probably already trained at home.
Animals with special needs may be without an eye or a limb, or they may be partially or totally deaf or blind. They can also include those with health problems, such as cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and heartworm positive dogs. Regardless of the disability or condition, most will enjoy full and active lives, and be as charming and affectionate as any other pet. All they need is some extra help from a caring human being. I say this from personal experience, as I have had several “special needs” animals. In addition, many of these animals are very resilient and are often a source of inspiration for their owners.
Personally, I don’t understand the vagaries of why one finds a black pet less attractive than another color. The theory is that superstition and certain beliefs, even in this century, play a vital role in selection. Plus, the idea is that black pets are less photogenic than their counterparts, which makes them go unnoticed by would-be adopters. Finally, according to research conducted by the University of California, black cats were perceived to be more antisocial than cats of other colors. Color aside, the truth is that these pets are absolutely no different from the counterparts of a different color.
Large numbers of shelter animals are adopted within days or weeks, but intimidating breeds can take much longer to find a home. These underdogs are often prejudiced due to the misconception that they are aggressive, just as large black dogs can be viewed as hostile, or how biting small dogs are viewed. But these bully breeds can be the most loving and caring pets if, like other dogs, they are properly trained and cared for. Again, I note this from personal experience.
Adopting a pet with special needs, or considered “less likely to be adopted,” may seem expensive to some, but for those who do, adoption will bring its own rewards. One is the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from doing a good deed. The other is realizing how positively your life is affected by the extra affection and kisses you receive, as well as the extra smiles and laughs you feel.
All of us involved in animal welfare would love to see every hard-to-place animal leave the shelter, and we want nothing more for these homeless animals to find a loving permanence that was not previously there. However, we also realize that adopting an animal should never be done on impulse. These animals have been through hell before and returned, so make sure that you are willing and able to give them the necessary resources, commitment, and most importantly, love.
Finally, circumstances, breed, color or age do not define these animals. They are unaware of how they can be different from others of their kind. No matter how they came to be a special needs or ‘not only adoptable’ pet, through birth, illness, accident, aging or at the hands of a stray human, they can still teach us a lot about. resilience of the mind and how to love without judgment. That in itself, these days, is quite wonderful.
Ronnie Casey has volunteered with the Tehama County Animal Care Center since moving in 2011. A retired RN, she works to help animals in need in Tehama County. She can be reached at [email protected].