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Less desirable animals need homes, too

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Petey, a shepherd / hound mix, is blind in one eye.
(Submitted photo)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is joining Petfinder.com to celebrate Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Sept, 17-23.

The theme, "That's What Makes Me Special" urges people to adopt those pets who suffer from discrimination. Reasons include breed prejudice, ageism and special needs. SBCHA hopes to encourage potential adopters to consider pets they might not have previously.

Big black dogs. FIV+ cats. Senior pets. Special needs animals. Many factors can make a pet seem "less adoptable."

To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Sept. 17-23 has been designated as "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week."

Helping hand

Petfinder.com launched its first Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet campaign in 2009 after recognizing that approximately 95 percent of shelters and rescue groups have a harder time finding homes for certain pets.

"Every day, families walk into shelters or visit Petfinder.com and, perhaps* unconsciously, bypass some adoptable pets simply because of the way they look, their age, or because they have a condition such as blindness or deafness," said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of Petfinder.com.

"We have some great animals ready for new forever homes that some see as 'less adoptable', said Mary Jo Pitts, SBCHA president. "They are great animals and deserve a chance at great homes. We are glad Petfinder helps in promoting these special companions."

Reasons to own

Some positive reasons to owning "less adoptable" animals:

* Older pets are mellower - you don't have to worry about your lamp getting knocked over!

* Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap - but you still look like a hero!

* "Bad reputation" breeds - you get the chance to prove people wrong with your great dog!

* Dark-furred pets make it easy to accessorize - black goes with everything!

* Pets with behavioral issues allow you to form a tight bond as you overcome obstacles together!

* Big dogs are easier to find when it is time to go to the vet!

Online gallery

Petfinder.com will also be featuring a gallery of "less adoptable" pets on its Web site during the weeklong event to highlight just how many pets need to be given a chance.

SBCHA posts its adoptable pets on Petfinder at www.petfinder.com/shelters/TN26.html

Some of SBCHA's pets featured in this promotion include Socks, a large hound with a heart arrhythmia; Buddy, a deaf white Boxer; Lucky, an older dog with one eye missing; Midnight, an older black cat; Peanut, an older black Dobie/Lab; Peg, a heartworm positive adult black dog and Petey, a blind pup.

Celebration Pet Day

Pets up for adoption will be also be available for viewing at SBCHA's upcoming fundraiser, Celebration Pet Day, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bedford County Ag Center.

The event includes a pet show, vendors, dog demonstrations, pet photography, micro chipping and more. Information about the event can be found at www.shelbyvillebedfordhumane.org, facebook/sbchumane or by calling Mary Jo at (931) 684-7236.

SBCHA is a non-profit, all volunteer run organization. Its mission is to improve the welfare of all animals in our community through various avenues including striving to educate the public in responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay/neuter and to give voice and shelter to all the unwanted, abandoned, abused animals in the community. SBCHA also received funds from United Way to help people spay and neuter their pets.

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