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Benefits of Adopting a Less-Adoptable Pet

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Benefits of Adopting a Less-Adoptable Pet

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:

“In mid-May of this year, I responded to a request from the East Bay SPCA to provide a short-term foster, one week’s time, to a Pit Bull puppy whose leg had just been amputated, for reasons still unknown to me. She was to be returned a week after I picked her up to have her cherry-eye surgically fixed. Having just left my full-time job where I traveled too much, and having recently started working from home, I was finally available to care for a dog in need. So, I said “sure!”. Our family already consisted of two Golden Retrievers, Romulus and Juno, both rescues. Our girl Juno was a former puppy mill line worker who inspired my animal advocacy work. I started volunteering at the East Bay SPCA and signed up to foster pets in need.
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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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5:25PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Working rescue most all my babies were special needs as no one wants, sad they have no idea what wonderful love they are missing.

5:25PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Working rescue most all my babies were special needs as no one wants, sad they have no idea what wonderful love they are missing.

5:05AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I wish more people would consider saving a pet from a shelter. The less adoptable pets can be such wonderful companions, you realize having a purebred isn't everything.

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1:40PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

I LOVE OLDER ANIMALS BECAUSE YOU CAN ACTUALLY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM. THEY EITHER LIKE YOU OR THEY HATE YOU. YOU KNOW RIGHT OFF HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT YOU. CATS ON THE OTHER HAND, PICK YOU AND YOU CAN'T PICK THEM. GO FIGURE.

9:18PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

I tried to adopt a "special needs" cat three months ago (since I am home during the day) but I soon found out that there were none for adoption - they were all for sale! And....they were very expensive. One cat in particular was 9 years old and blind. The people wanted over $200 for him!! I ended up adopting a 2 year old able-bodied cat and we are so happy with him. Why do "special needs" animals have a price tag?

7:51AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

ty

12:26PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

A pet doesn't have to be perfect ,just perfect for me.

8:24PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Frasier was a sweet dog of 14 years when he lost his human parent and no one else in the family could or would take him.He was turned over to rescue and I adopted him. I was so grateful to be able to give him another year and a half. Adopting a senior dog is the most wonderful experience I've had as a pet owner.

4:06PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

I really want to adopt a blind pet. It saddens me when I see them.

12:07PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

this is such a great organization, and a great story! after how much i've heard about puppy mills and such i would never get a dog from a store.

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