Here’s What You Said: Your inspiring stories about less-adoptable pets


Abigail made mom Christine a “believer” in the power of Pits.

Last month we asked you to share your stories about adopting less-adoptable pets. Inspiring stories poured in.

Christine S. says her dog, Abigail (pictured), has made her a “believer in the wonders that are Pit Bulls. [They] are a reflection of their owners,” she says.

Others wrote about their special-needs pets. Troy S. had a feline-leukemia-positive cat, Oliver Twitch, and adopted a second FeLV cat to keep him company. Troy was only the second person in the shelter’s 10-year history to adopt an FeLV-positive kitty.

Pat G. gave us a good laugh with her adoption story. She was told that a
rescued dog she was interested in was old, fat and “not much to look
at.” “Sounds perfect,” she said. The dog turned out to have back and hip
problems, was big and black, and was most likely a Pit Bull mix. “She
had an odor,” Pat says, “which knocked buzzards off wagons carrying
unsavory substances.” She took the dog in and renamed her Spudz because
“she took quickly to the idea of being a couch potato. The ‘not much
to look at’ dog saved me from loneliness and gave me a purpose in life
— helping troubled rescues. I’ve fostered several with Spudz’s help.”

Jennifer M. adopted Stormy, whose behavior gave credence to his name.
“He was all spitfire,” she says, an “alley cat with an attitude.” He had
been at the shelter for three months and his time was about up when she
adopted him. He still has attitude and is quite vocal, but Jennifer
says he is a “bundle of love.”

Mary-Beth G. adopted a 15-year-old miniature Poodle. “He was a mess,
severely neglected, with a long list of medical issues. I got him
home, and with lots of medical attention, good food, time and love, he
is a different dog. Though we found out he is hearing-impaired and has
limited sight, whenever anyone sees his energy and his overall demeanor,
they think he is much younger. He has brought so much to my life. The
day he laid his head on my lap and sighed as if he realized he was home
and he knew it, all the time and money was well worth it. “

Michelle P. has a weakness for underdogs, so when she saw Ava, she
couldn’t resist. The Pit Bull mix had been chained to a tree in a
backyard all her life, and the chain had become embedded. Stress had
also caused her to develop a lick granuloma. “It took this poor
neglected girl almost six months to even start wagging her tail,”
Michelle says. Michelle’s love for “the most abused breed in the canine
world” has inspired her to be proactive in rescuing, fostering and
transporting for shelters.

Brenda H. wondered, “What chance did a 12-year-old Shih Tzu with dry
eye, bad teeth, ear infections and skin allergies have for adoption? He had already been moved to four different homes. It was a
difficult start, but once he realized he wasn’t going anywhere, he
became a special part of our family. He can be a bit grumpy at times
now and is pretty much blind and deaf, but even with his arthritis he
continues to patrol the backyard as he has always done and guards the
living room door at night. I would encourage anyone to adopt a senior.”

Denise K., who has Sooki, a visually impaired Australian Shepherd wrote,
“I would recommend a special-needs dog in a heartbeat! You’d be
surprised at what they can do when you least expect it, with a little
love and TLC. And you’ll also be amazed at how quickly they steal your

Your stories have stolen our hearts at Petfinder. By loving these “less adoptables” you have shown what special people you are.

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