By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.
Petfinder declared the week of Sept. 19-25 as Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week. In a recent survey by Petfinder, 33 percent of adoption groups said they’ve had pets who were posted on Petfinder for 1-2 years without being adopted, and 27 percent have had pets who have waited more than two years for a forever home. According to their survey 30 percent are senior pets, 15 percent are those with medical problems, 13 percent are victims of breed prejudice, 10 percent are shy, and 10 percent need to be the only pet.
The East Bay SPCA in Oakland, California launched Club Second Chance in 2008. The program raises life-saving funds for specialty surgeries, medications and behavioral services to help these very special dogs and cats transition to happy new lives. Many of the animals are over the age of eight, with medical or behavioral issues. The East Bay SPCA devotes extra time and resources to help them get adopted.
I recently spoke with Mara Velez, who adopted Nala (pictured above), a 3-legged Pit Bull from the Club Second Chance program at the East Bay SPCA in Oakland. Here’s what she had to say about the experience: