This week is Petfinder’s “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week,” which promotes the adoption of the oft-overlooked souls who are not on the fast track to happily-ever-after at the local shelter. These might include senior pets, FIV+ cats, black cats or special-needs cats who Pawcurious’ Dr V refers to as “ExtraSpecial.” Or it might be a scaredy-cat who needs extra TLC and socialization. The clock is usually ticking on these animals as cash-strapped shelters pour limited promotional resources toward adopting out cute healthy kittens, and usher the “less adoptable” cats into the dreaded back room after the holding period expires (sometimes, even before the holding period expires).
I’m no stranger to “less adoptable” pets. I grew up with a blind cat, and later, a blind dog, so I know first-hand how amazingly well animals can adapt to the loss of their eyesight. Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in St Pauls, NC, helps to rescue blind cats who’d otherwise be slotted for immediate euthanasia. If you cannot add a blind cat to your home at this time, consider sponsoring a cat or making a donation.
On of the less adoptable cat at the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary is Pooh (photo, right). Pooh was surrendered by a woman with 40 cats, and he arrived at the sanctuary in very poor health. Pooh loves to be petted, loves to brushed, hates to be picked up, hates taking his medicine, and will fight you tooth and nail when you try putting his eye drops in. Pooh is healthy now and seeks sponsorship or a furever home.
Have you ever adopted a “Less Adoptable Pet”? Tell us your story!