Tanzanite, lovingly called Tansy, pulls herself across the ground with her shoulders, dragging her back legs.. She suffered an injury, probably from an animal bite, when she was a day or two old, and it damaged her spinal cord, making her paraplegic.
“I’ve had people say, ‘Awww, poor thing,’ when they see her,” says Karina, who is the volunteer coordinator for Tabby’s Place and is fostering Tansy, “and I guarantee if Tansy could understand and could answer, she would say, ‘Why? What’s wrong with me?'”
She’s very spunky. “This week she learned to crawl up on my couch,” Karina says. She does physical therapy with the kitten each day, and Tansy has gained some movement in her hind legs. “I don’t think she’ll ever walk, but the therapy has made her much more mobile.”
Tansy is just one of hundreds of pets in shelters or foster homes that are considered less adoptable because of a physical condition or simply their breed or color.
Licorice is an 8-month-old black Labrador Retriever Mix at Surry Animal Rescue in North Carolina. Her color makes her less adoptable, either because she doesn’t show up well in her kennel or because people are superstitious. She was adopted once, but became overwhelmed by all the people and dogs in the home. She needs a quiet home.
Jemima is a Pit Bull Terrier at Sonoma County Animal Services in California. Pit Bulls are one of the most maligned dog breeds, but keep in mind that they were once known as nanny dogs for their love of children and loyalty.
September 21 – 27 is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. If you think you have the right stuff to adopt a special needs pet, just check the special needs box when your first page of results pops up on Petfinder. Or choose a black pet or a breed that suffers discrimination.