At the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we think that all of our animals are equally adoptable and deserving of a loving home. But the reality is that some animals find homes faster than others for a variety of reasons. The third week in September is Adopt a Less-Adoptable Animal week, so we’re sharing five reasons you should consider adopting a less-adoptable animal.
Some animals aren’t well-suited for environments where there are already children or animals. If you don’t already have a pet and don’t have children and aren’t planning to in the near future, you can adopt an animal that needs a home without siblings (furry and human)! Dogs and cats that need a home environment without kids and other animals are still great pets, but their history and demeanor would make it hard for them to be comfortable in an environment where they had to share the spotlight.
Many families can’t adopt high-energy, high maintenance dogs. But if you have a large yard and want an animal jogging companion, an active and excited dog is an excellent option for you! Active dogs and cats can sometimes be painted as troublemakers or misbehavers, but in reality, it’s their energy that causes them to act up! With regular exercise, they’ll be the perfect companion for you.
Adopters often have puppy and kitten fever, but tons of older animals need loving homes. Adopting a senior dog or cat comes with fabulous perks, including decreased energy, a lifetime of training, and a generally gentle demeanor. Plus, there is no better feeling than knowing that their forever home will be the best part of their animal journey. While you won’t be able to love them as long, the impact they’ll leave on your heart will make welcoming them into your home, the best decision you’ve made.
When animals enter the Humane Society, they’ve often been through trauma that can leave permanent effects. If you have the means, adopting a dog or cat with a health condition or disability can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Caring for an animal that couldn’t survive without your love and support builds an inseparable bond and literally gives your pet a second chance at life.
From breed discrimination to size preference, a number of physical traits prevent families from adopting dogs and cats. But if you can look past their physical features, you’ll find that all of these less-adoptable animals have an open heart and need only a second chance. We promise you’ll fall in love with them – we do every day!