It’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week on Petfinder, Sept 17-25, 2011. This week is devoted to highlighting the adoptables who are often overlooked at shelters and rescue groups for reasons such as being old, discriminated breeds such as the wonderful pits and pit mixes, have special needs, different, or even “black”.

This is a truly great cause that means a lot to me, as it does to many. We ended up sub-consciously adopting a “less adoptable” dog named Mikey a couple years ago. He was a black dog, a bit bigger, shy, and kind of old (7 or 8). And he was the best dog you could ever ask for, and although he was only with us for 8 terrific months and cost a ton to try and save, he was worth every minute, every penny, every bit of pain of losing him — and I wouldn’t change a thing for the world.

Tigger was painfully shy and full of panic when we adopted her, pushed to rescue because they couldn’t temperament test her (she cowered at the back of her kennel in a non-adoptable area for a few weeks). Truth be told, she had this look in her eye that looked like shy Mikey and shared a name with a dog who survived what Mikey passed from, and since we just lost him it just seemed meant to be. Anyway – after we adopted her, she paniced to a level 10 on every walk, and was even nervous within the house to a certain extent. She was a lot of work, at a difficult time due to the pain of losing a dog, but after about 8 months she finally felt comfortable inside and out… and finally walked into the kitchen and started to wag her tail when we got home instead of nervously sitting at the door. Now she is tail-up on every walk and new noises or experiences don’t cause her to pancake on the sidewalk. And I have to say, every time I look at that raised tail on our walks I smile, as it’s something we all worked together to accomplish.

Long story short – adopting a dog or cat who needs some work or help (temporarily or long-term) can be rewarding, it’s a little bit you can give since you gain so much in return. Not something you must do, or have to do, but if you can or are able to help out that dog or cat … something to consider, these dogs and cats shouldn’t be ruled out.

So to view the gallery on Petfinder of the “less adoptables”, or to start a search of adoptables in your area, click here!

About Author

Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.