‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,
The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.
For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,
These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.
Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.
Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!
Fully grown cats need forever homes too,
Could one of these cats make its new home with you?
The next group of pets (and this one astounds):
Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.
A cuddly pooch you can squeeze on and hug -
Couldn’t your family welcome an affable lug?
Group Three is made up of the much-maligned pitties.
(I know one named Rufus with a soft spot for kitties!)
“Pit Bull” type breeds can make loving pets too,
Why not meet one yourself – see if they’re right for you?
The next group of pets – give a shout-out (or yelp!)
Have some medical needs that require some help.
Just a pinch extra care (and sometimes a head cone),
Please, give them a pill and throw them a bone!
Oldies but goodies – pray, how old are you?
People are ageist towards older pets, too.
Though a pet may be older, there’s still love to give,
Take a senior pet home with your old self to live!
The pets in Group Six are a bit – ahem – plump.
Who among us does not have some junk in the trunk?
If you haven’t gone big, you may as well try it –
Adopt a plump pet – you can both start a diet!
Two adorable pets are better than one.
Our next group of pets is double the fun!
Bonded pairs that want only to be kept together,
Can you give them a home that will last them forever?
Kitties with sass, dogs with raw puppy power,
Are first to be picked before a wallflower.
Pets in the shelter who act bashful and quiet,
Once settled at home can be quite a riot!
The pets that make up Group Nine may surprise ya.
They’re dogs, not accessories – aye Chihuahua!
Such cute little pups to be left all alone,
Can’t you take one or two or three of them home?
The next group of pets is happiest single.
Not suited to other pets’ party and mingle.
Much better for you, you will bond that much quicker,
Take an ‘only pet’ home; be like thieves, only thicker.
Group Eleven is made up of pets that are black.
Hard for me to believe - I have a whole pack!
Black pets are so handsome and shiny and sleek,
Why not adopt one for each day of the week?
The Twelfth Group of pets, through no fault of their own,
Have had longer than average waits for a home.
They sit and they sit and they wait, wait, wait, wait.
Go ahead, go and meet – fall in love! It is fate!
So this Holiday Season, won’t you please share the love,
With one or more groups of pets mentioned above?
Let’s all spread the word of these under-served pets,
And make 2016 the most hopeful year yet!
Happy Holidays from all of us at
Adopt & Shop
Found Animals Foundation!