Promote Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week with Petfinder this September 19-25 in an effort to shine the spotlight on harder to place pets.
A recent survey from Petfinder.com of shelters and rescue groups found that 95% of their shelter and rescue group members currently have adoptable pets for whom they are having extremely hard time finding homes. Another 33% of their adoption groups have 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.
Who are these animals? Mostly senior animals, followed by pets with medical issues, victims of breed discrimination, shy animals and the ones who need to be the only pet in the family. Sometimes they’re just the wrong color, or not the breed someone had in mind.
“It breaks my heart to think that some pets are homeless for years when they are just as wonderful as the younger, fluffier puppy next to them. These overlooked pets often make great additions to a family — but many people don’t even realize they are discriminating when they begin looking to adopt,” said Petfinder co-founder Betsy Banks Saul.
“The goal of this initiative is to bring the issue to the forefront and help find forever homes for these special animals.”
Check out Petfinder’s gallery of special pets in need of forever homes. “Gussie“, above, has been at the Southside SPCA for quite a few years and is ready to spend the rest of her life with a family of her own. She’s cute as a button, no?