Which pets are the last to find homes?

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Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week (Sept. 17-25) shines a spotlight on the homeless pets  often overlooked by adopters, whether because they have health issues such as FIV or are blind or deaf, a few years past puppy- or kittenhood, shy when meeting new people or just the “wrong” breed or color.

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When Petfinder created Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week in 2009, we surveyed our shelter and rescue group members to find out how many of them had pets they were having a hard time placing, and which pets were hardest to get adopted. Here’s what they said.

Petfinder’s “Less-Adoptable Pet” Survey Results

  • 95% of shelters and rescue groups said they had pets whom they were having a very hard time placing in adoptive homes.
  • 33% said they had pets who’d been waiting for homes for one to two years, and 27% had pets who’d been waiting more than two years.

Which pets were hardest to place? Here’s what our respondents said:

  • Senior and older pets: 30%
  • Pets with medical problems: 15%
  • Victims of breed prejudice (such as Pit Bulls): 13%
  • Shy pets: 10%
  • Pets who need to be only pets: 10%


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To help these pets find homes, we asked shelters and rescue groups to nominate their hardest-to-place pets. We then put them all in our Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Gallery. Please share one pet (or more!) from our gallery every day this week.


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More about Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week:

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2011

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Gallery

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Widgets and Graphics