I love black dogs because their eyes sparkle and their smiles are so adorable! Sadly, many people overlook this when they go to an animal shelter. Black dogs–especially big black dogs–end up spending weeks longer in an animal shelter. Darker dogs tend to be more difficult to photograph and unfortunately prospective owners may overlook the dog's other wonderful features. There are many reasons less popular dogs end up sitting in a shelter and never find a home. Older dogs are calmer and often more obedient, but they often get overlooked for all the wrong reasons in shelters too.
If you are looking to adopt a new forever friend, Petfinder wants you to consider the special needs and less adoptable pets. Their pet adoption drive this week seeks to show how these highly adoptable dogs and cats make perfect pets. You can find out more on their website: Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. Over the years I have adopted four shelter dogs that were considered less popular because they were "seniors" or had health issues, but they are wonderful family members now!
Here are some perks to adopting "less adoptable" animals according to Petfinder.com
- 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!