Next week is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, raising awareness of the wonderful pets who too often get overlooked by adopters. Learn more about the week here and check out our gallery of special adoptable pets nominated by our shelter and rescue-group members.
What makes a pet “less-adoptable”?
“Less-adoptable” pets are those who, for one reason or another, have been passed over by potential adopters time and time again. Sometimes it’s because they need to be an only pet, other times it’s because they’re a little more experienced at life (i.e. senior) or have medical needs, and often it’s just because they’re the “wrong” breed or color.
Less-adoptable pets have just as much love to share and often prove to be some of the most appreciative and loyal companions around. I should know, I have two less-adoptable cats of my own.
Which adoption groups have hard-to-place pets?
Basically, all of them. We polled our adoption group members, and 95% of them said they currently have adoptable pets for whom they are having extreme difficulty finding homes.
In that same survey, 33% of our adoption groups said they’ve had pets who were posted on Petfinder for 1-2 years without being adopted, and 27% have had pets who’ve waited more than two years for a forever home.
Does Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week help get pets adopted?
Last year we designated Aug. 12 Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day and invited our adoption groups to hold events celebrating it by showcasing their extra-special pets.
Did it work? You bet. Check out some of the success stories here, such as the two special-needs Pit Bulls who found homes after the Seattle Animal Shelter’s got the story of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day out to local media and bloggers.
It worked so well, we decided to make the celebration last a full week.
How can I get involved?
Here are a few simple ways you can help less-adoptable pets find homes:
- Volunteer for an Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week event with your local shelter (find shelters and rescue groups near you.)
- Share a less-adoptable pet (either from our gallery or one that you found using our pet-search tool) each day of the week on Facebook or tweet them on Twitter with hashtag #ALAPW.
- Have a Web site? Post a widget that lets users search for senior pets, special-needs pets or Pit Bulls.
- Help spread the word on your blog or by alerting your local media. Check out the BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Challenge for template blog posts and press releases. Then add your blog to the list of posts.
- Tell everyone you know why less-adoptable pets rule. (Find some reasons here or add your own in the comments section of this post.)
Did you adopt a pet deemed “less adoptable”? Tell us about it!
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