Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week

Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week starts tomorrow, September 16th. Shelters are overflowing with adorable, adoptable pets. While we love to see any of them getting adopted, some have a harder time than others do. If you’re thinking about adopting a new pet, don’t overlook imperfect ones. Sometimes they make the best pets! A White Rock, TX vet discusses adopting less adoptable pets in this article.

The Numbers

The statistics on less adoptable pets are really very sad. In one study, 95 of surveyed rescues had pets that they defined as hard to adopt. About a third—33 percent—had some pets that had been posted for adoption on their websites for 1-2 years. Twenty-seven percent had pets who had been listed for over two years. In comparison, it usually takes about 12 weeks for pets to get adopted, on average.

Less Adoptable Pets

What pets are considered less adoptable? Pets with black fur often struggle to get adopted, likely because of longstanding superstitions. Senior pets also have a hard time, which is very sad because they are typically very sweet, calm, and loving. Pets with special needs, such as hearing or vision disabilities, also struggle to find homes. Last but not least, people are also often reluctant to adopt kitties that have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV.


There are actually some great benefits to adopting less-adoptable pets. For one thing, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve helped an animal, and given that one lucky dog or cat a second chance at happiness. Less adoptable pets are often extremely grateful and loving, and absolutely worship the people who have saved them. They are also often quite docile, and may not necessarily need as much activity as other pets.

How To Help

If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt a less adoptable pet, you can still find other ways to help. Volunteering for a local shelter is a great way to make a difference. You can also donate money or supplies. If you are up for a bigger commitment, consider fostering. Even sharing posts on social media can help, by spreading awareness. When it comes to helping animals, every little bit counts!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your local White Rock, TX vet clinic, today. We are always happy to help!

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