Petfinder has designated the third week in September “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week” to raise awareness about animals in our shelters and rescues who need a little extra help finding the right home.
According to their survey, 99% of national shelters and rescue groups currently have adoptable pets that are having a difficult time getting adopted. These overlooked pets wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does, sometimes remaining at (no-kill) shelters for longer than two years!
We have found this to be true at both our Adopt & Shop locations. There is a special kind of joy we all feel when one of our longer term residents finds a home, and in honor of these great animals and this special week, we are offering $50 off the adoption fee for these qualifying pets.
What pets are considered “less-adoptable” or are often overlooked? Amazing pets that fall into these categories:
- Adult Cats (over 9 mos. old) – During the spring and summer the shelters are flooded with kittens. Oftentimes the “mom” cats will remain for months after all their kittens are adopted.
- Big Dogs (over 40 lbs.) – We have a lot of large dogs available for adoption at the Culver City location. Apartment dwellers often think that a larger dog needs a yard to be happy, but a dog’s energy level is what is important. Some larger dogs are happiest with a walk or two a day, and your love, of course.
- Black Pets – Black cats and black dogs are often the last to get adopted. These pets are still very much the “underdogs” in our shelters, but just as unique and beautiful as their multi-colored counterparts.
- Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas, and Their Mixes: Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas, including mixes of these breeds, are among the most common breeds found in shelters in the Los Angeles area. They come in every color of the rainbow with a wide variety of personalities to match.
- Senior Pets (five years and older): A senior pet can be a perfect fit for many different types of households. The old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is definitely not true. Often, older pets learn much faster than young whippersnappers.
- Overweight Pets: An overweight dog would be a great companion for someone who likes to run or jog regularly. If you are trying to be more active, a workout partner can be a great motivator.
- Bonded Pairs: A bonded pair is two animals who should not be separated. Because bonded pairs are more difficult to adopt out, we only make this distinction when it would be devastating for a pair to be split up.
- Shy Pets: We see a lot of shy cats and dogs and what they need most is an owner who can protect them and help them build confidence. Shy pets are great for natural nurturers. They need a little extra care navigating what to them can be a big, scary world.
- “Only” Pets: Only pets are animals that prefer human company above all else. These pets are great for people who can only have or only want one pet.
- Special Needs: Special needs pets include animals with health conditions, such as FLV and FELV positive cats; animals missing eyes or limbs and animals that cannot see or hear well, etc.
Beginning September 19th and running through the 21st, both Adopt & Shop locations will be waiving $50 of the adoption fee on any cat or dog that falls into these categories.
If you are interested in expanding your family, please talk to one of our adoption counselors and they can help match you with the perfect cat or dog. We hope this promotion will shine more light on some of the sweet and unique animals that need a little attention boost.
If you have adopted a pet that falls into an “overlooked” category, share your story in the comments below!