Celebrate Differences on National Specially-Abled Pets Day

Often the most heartwarming and awe-inspiring animal videos are of pets who have overcome great odds. It’s no wonder we connect so deeply with their plights and their fierce determination to rise up against harrowing obstacles.

May 3 is National Specially-Abled Pets Day, a time to celebrate all of these strong survivors—and maybe even to invite one to become a treasured member of your family.

National Specially-Abled Pets Day began in 2006. Founder Colleen Paige eventually changed the name from National Disabled Pets Day because it no longer rang true to the capabilities of these fierce, four-legged friends.

She states on the website, “The name held too negative a connotation… because these pets are very able! Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life… and we need to keep up with them!”

Incredible inspiration can be derived from watching an animal live a fulfilling and happy life despite big challenges. Adopting a specially-abled pet can encourage us to face our own obstacles and give us someone with whom we can share mutually understood love and hope.

There are several benefits to having companion animals in our lives, and even some especially for less-adoptable pets. This year, consider adopting or volunteering to help with the care of a specially-abled pet—it will be good for both you and them. In the meantime, enjoy some heartwarming stories of pets overcoming the odds!

Touching tales of specially-abled dogs:
1. Roo the chihuahua romps with his best chicken friend in his tiny, tiny wheelchair.
2. Lucy is the first wheelchair-bound dog to climb Mount Washington.
3. Dogs being dogs, despite their handicaps, and enjoying a game of fetch!

Inspiring stories of specially-abled cats:
1. Ralphee the “wobbly cat” finds a new friend.
2. Itty Bitty, the three-legged kitty, gives hope to human amputees.
3. Ruth was left paralyzed, yet her protector and friend, Idgie the dachshund, stood by her side.

Photo credit: Thinkstock


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C2 years ago

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Dave C.
David C2 years ago


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Wonderful post.

Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Beautiful lives

Rachel L.
Past Member 2 years ago

Beautiful stories. Very worthy of a special celebration day! I knew a 3 legged cat once & she was just fine. And very happy.

William C.
William C2 years ago


Joy T.
Joy T2 years ago

Yay for special pups!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

Thanks for the article.