Kitty Kasa has always been an advocate for shelter cats of all kinds! We believe that each and every shelter kitty is special in their own way and deserves to be in a loving home that is purrfect for them. That also goes for those kitties that are seen as being "less adoptable."
We know that all kitties are equally lovable, but sadly, there are tons of shelter cats out there who are passed up due to age, special needs, superstition, or because they are part of a bonded pair. That is why Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week is so important! This is a special week to bring awareness to "less adoptable" pets and change the stigma that one pet is a more worthy companion than the other.
What Makes A Cat Less Adoptable?
Trick question! No cat is less adoptable! With that being said, while the typical pet spends around 12 weeks in a shelter before being adopted, pets that are considered "less adoptable" are known to spend an average of four times as long in the shelter before finding their forever home.
Senior cats, black cats, bonded pairs, cats with physical disabilities, and cats with certain diseases (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukemia, Diabetes, etc.) are much more likely to be passed up by someone who is looking for their next furry family member.
Why Less Adoptable Cats Are Just As Great (If Not, Better!)
For all of those who think that cats like this aren't fit for adoption, joke's on them! Cats who are seen as being "less adoptable" are just as fantastic as their more "desirable" counterparts and even more so in many cases. Here are just a few of the reasons why!
- Senior cats are oftenmuch more well-adjusted and mellow.
- Many cats with physical disabilities (missing limb, eye, etc.) are generally unaffected by their condition.
- Most cats with certain diseases (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukemia, Diabetes, etc.) can live perfectly normal lives with only little to no extra care needed.
- We shouldn't even have to tell you why bonded pairs are great. Double the cat, double the fun (nuff said)!
- When it comes to black cats, set the superstitions aside because black cats are not only the most striking in appearance, but are also generally healthier and known for being good luck. Yes, we said GOOD luck! More on why black cats rule, here!
How You Can Help
There are a number of ways that you can help out the "less adoptable" cats in your area.
Promote - Take a look on your local shelter's website to check for kitties who fit the "less adoptable" criteria. Generally, shelters will disclose how long a cat has been with the shelter, which will give you a good indication as to if they have been passed up due to their disability or other circumstances that make them "less adoptable." You can promote these kitties on your social media to show how adorable, lovable, and ADOPTABLE they are!
Adopt - Without a doubt, the very best way to help out "less adoptable" cats is by adopting one! If you are ready to add a new furry family member to your life, then consider one of these extra special cats and give them a whole new lease on life.
Share - Do you have a "less adoptable" cat or have you spent time with one while volunteering at you local shelter? Then share your experience with your friends or on social media. There's no better way to change the stigma surrounding these extra special cats than by showing everyone that they are really no different than any other cat and are just as deserving of a loving home.
For other great ideas on how you can help out "less adoptable" cats and other pets, check out PetFinder!
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