Consider a ‘less adoptable pet’ in September

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There are so many adoptable animals in shelters and rescues waiting for homes.

If you are looking to add a new pet to your home, remember when you are checking out animals at the shelter or rescue, don’t overlook the ones who are considered less adoptable. They are just as sweet, lovable and need a loving home also.

Sept. 12–18 is Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week. Animals that are considered less adoptable are:

Older animals: The age of a pet is probably the main reason certain pets are not adopted. Many people want puppies or kittens, or younger kittens and dogs. Senior dogs and cats are the pets most overlooked. Senior cats are at the greatest risk for being overlooked for permanent homes. If you choose to adopt an older pet you get pets that know how to behave on their own and many of them are social with other animals in the event you have other pets.

Victims of breed prejudice: Many people will overlook the numerous dogs needing homes because they aren’t the right “breed.” Breeds such as Pit Bulls or dogs considered “bully breeds” are passed up because of reputation placed upon them as being aggressive. Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes can be wonderful, loving dogs, just like any other breed. The majority of them are great family pets.

Fearful or shy pets: These animals are passed up because they don’t show well in a shelter. Because they are scared or shy they tend to stay in the back of their cage or kennel and don’t interact with prospective adopters. Many of them will do well in a home environment if they are given the chance because they just aren’t comfortable in a shelter setting, but they will relax once they are home.

Pets with special needs: Dogs and cats with physical disabilities or on-going health issues can be hard to place. Dogs and cats who have an amputated limb or other physical defect or are blind or deaf, are often overlooked. Some pets may suffer from diabetes, neurological issues or chronic heart disease.

Pets that need to be only pets: Some animals need to be in a home with either no other animals or maybe a cat in a home without another cat or a dog without another dog. If you are looking to only adopt one pet ask about a pet that needs to be an “only” pet.

Cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): FIV positive cats can live a long time without suffering any related illness and can live with other sociable cats. Cats with FeLV will live normal, healthy and active lives for prolonged periods of time, living up to 4 years or more after diagnosis. FeLV cats should be an only cat or live with other FeLV cats. Both should be indoor pets only. Do your research if you are interested in FIV or FeLV cats.

Bonded pairs: Sometimes when animals come to the shelter together they will turn to each other for comfort. If the bond is tight shelters will want to keep them together as a “bonded pair” because it is beneficial to the animals comfort. This is a good situation if you are looking to adopt a pair to keep each other company.

Animals of a specific color: The color of a dog or cat’s coat can make a difference in whether or not or how quickly they get a home. Dogs and cats with black coats take longer to be adopted because they may not show well in shelters because they don’t stand out and it’s sometimes hard to see their facial features or may just be victims of superstitions about their being unlucky. Actually black pets can be just as sweet, loving and friendly as any other shelter pet.

There are no perfect pets. You just need to try and find the pet/pets that are perfect for you and your family. Maybe a less adoptable pet is the one that is right for you, they just need a chance to show how great a family pet they will make.

Whatever type of pet you are looking for the Humane Society of Rome has a selection of dogs and cats who are waiting to find their forever homes. Two of their pets waiting to meet you are:

Oliver is a handsome 4-year-old Mastiff mix. He came in as a stray and can be a little shy at first, once he feels comfortable he is the sweetest boy. He walks good on the leash. He seems to get along with all the dog friends he meets, but a meet-and-greet is always required. Oliver is looking for a new family to call his own, stop in and meet him soon.

This is Ralph, and he is a 5-year-old male feline, black and white as you can clearly see with just a hint of a mustache to make him look interesting and unique. He has been living at the shelter since mid-December. It sure would be nice to find a new home that he can call his own. He would do best in a home with adults only and no other pets. He would prefer to be an only ‘furr-child’ because he needs a lot of attention and does not like being ignored. It does not even matter that he is spoiled with love — he just can’t get enough (until he tells you otherwise and he will be sure to let you know). A quiet household is ideal. Stop in at the shelter today to meet this fellow.

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