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Is Love Less Adoptable?

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2012
I suspect that I am a little bit different from your average Joe (or Jolene in this case). I don’t always see the world the way others do.

For instance, I find it strange (and yes, sad)  that we even have to have a Less Adoptable Pet Week. It seems like an oxymoron. A pet that is less adoptable? Really?

Being a former pet sitter, shelter and rescue volunteer, I have met a lot of pets. There are very few of them I would consider unadoptable or less adoptable. Every pet I have met is capable of love when given the chance. So what makes a pet less adoptable in some people’s eyes?

Take Roxie for example. She only has three legs. Some people might consider her less adoptable. But, does having that fourth leg make her more adorable? More loveable? More friendly? More fun? Not according to her foster mom, she loves to run around the yard, prefers to hang out with her humans and loves to cuddle. I think the picture clarifies the adorable part. Don’t you?

Roxie is available for adoption through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Take Ian. He had the misfortune of being born in a puppy mill. He’s shy and nervous around people. Some people might consider him less adoptable too. But does that make him unsalvageable? Does that make him less capable of love? Less able to play and have fun? His foster parents might disagree with you. Ian loves to play with toys. He loves hanging around and playing with his foster sisters and he appreciates someone who is a little more patient in getting to know him. (As the mom of my own puppy mill dog, I can tell you the rewards one receives in return are many.)

Ian – Available for adoption through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Or how about Jake? Some people might consider him less adoptable because he has to take a pill every day for hypoparathyroidism (low calcium level). Does that make him less capable of walks or playing ball? Does that make him any less likely to be your best friend? Or incapable of comforting you on your worst day? His foster mom would tell you no. Jake LOVES to play ball and will let you throw it for as long as your arm holds out. But he also loves chilling out with his foster siblings and foster mom. He is happy to be your best friend when you need one. He reminds me so much of my dog, Jasper.

Jake is available for adoption through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Less adoptable pets? I think not. Their limitations are not theirs, but ours. It is only when we take the time to adopt pets like these three wonderful dogs that we learn what adoptable really means.

In the end, it is not what they don’t have that matters, but how we feel at the end of a day when they lay their head on our lap and look up at us with love in their eyes.


  1. September 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is what make each dog unique that makes them all the more special in our eyes and in our hearts. Give me unique, different, “special needs”, shy any day. What we receive in return is so much greater.

    • Mel
      September 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      I could not agree with you more.

  2. To Shea
    September 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    If we could afford to Mel. We would adopt Any of of those 3 adorable dogs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them. Matter of fact because they are different IS what makes them extra Loving and Special…:-)
    Alex and Penny

    • Mel
      September 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Thanks Alex! I agree. There is nothing wrong with them at all. I like the special dogs. The reward is in enjoying them for who they are and watching them blossom from the love they receive.

  3. September 20, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    I also have a Mill Mom that is very shy. Lacy started as our foster. She did not ‘show’ well at adoption events, she would not let people touch her. After 6 months and no interest in her, we decided to adopt her. Love her and her quirks. To us she is perfect.

    • Mel
      September 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      I completely understand Carole. I cannot imagine Daisy showing well at adoption events either. She would have been terrified. Thank God I decided o adopt my Mill mom too. Best decision I ever made. She is the light of my life. I imagine you feel the same way. 🙂

  4. September 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Goodness, I agree with you, but also — Adopt a Special Pet Week is a whole lot easier to say. Yikes. Mine is very special too – and I don’t think she would have survived a week in a shelter, but her love is endless!

    • Mel
      September 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      What a great idea Natasha! Adopt a Special Pet! I like that SO much better than Less Adoptable. I wonder if PetFinder would consider changing it? The connotation is so much different with Adopt a Special Pet isn’t it? Love it!

  5. September 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Preach it!

    The crazy thing is that some of the traits that make one person consider a dog less adoptable can make them more adoptable to someone else.

    Cherie’s fearfulness means that once she’s bonded to a person, she listens very well and needs very little correction. A bold dog would probably take a little more effort to train.

    A black dog (why they’re less adoptable, I have no idea) is much better for a Goth than a multicolored sheltie or golden mix. At least if they don’t embrace the light dog hair look.

    A three legged dog is less likely to pull you off your feet on a walk.

    Yep, there’s no such thing as less adoptable. There are just people who don’t yet know how adoptable any dog can be. And I guess that’s the point of this week. 🙂

    • Mel
      September 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Thanks Pamela. I was thinking about Cherie too! She has made so much progress with you. I hope she loves her new forever home. I know she would thank you for all you did for her if she could. There is clearly nothing that makes her un-adoptable.

  6. September 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Good post Mel, I find all of these dogs adoptable, and couldn’t imagine over-looking them for some perceived disability.

    In the end it is all about the love, and there is nothing in those descriptions that keep them from loving is there? 🙂

    • Mel
      September 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Thanks Jodi. No there really isn’t anything that keep them from loving at all. 🙂

  7. September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Thanks for the post. All dogs need love.

    • Mel
      September 23, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Agreed Lynda. They most certainly do.

  8. September 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I second every single sentiment in this post!

    • Mel
      September 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Thanks AJ!

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