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Big black dogs. FIV+ cats. Senior pets. Special-needs animals.

Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder has designated Sept. 21-27, 2014 as “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.”

Survey Results: Which Pets are Hardest to Place?

Did you know that 99% of our shelters and rescue groups have housed adoptable pets that have a harder time getting adopted?

In fact, according to our survey, these “less-adoptable” pets wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does … sometimes more than two years!

Which pets do our shelter and rescue group members have the hardest time finding homes for? Here’s what they said:


Meet some of these special pets currently on Petfinder!

Pepe’s a distinguished gentleman

Pitbull mix, Tugboat loves to snuggle!

Missing an eye doesn’t hold Harry back!

Forest Whitakat loves playing with toys





Learn More About the Different Kinds of Less-Adoptables!

Watch our video on Older Dog Adoption

Watch our video on
Older Dog Adoption.

Senior Cats Rule

Find out 10 Reasons
Senior Cats Rule.

Adopting a Pit Bull

Get the facts about
adopting a Pit Bull.

Learn about pet-health conditions

Learn about specific
pet-health conditions.

Adopting a blind dog

Find out eight questions to ask
before adopting a blind dog.

Help Promote Less-Adoptable Pets Online!

To help less-adoptable pets find homes, add a customized widget to your website by including the HTML where you would like it to appear.

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2012