This September through October, Maui Humane Society is all about shining the spotlight on Maui’s ‘Less-Adoptable’ shelter pets- pets who, through no fault of their own, tend to spend more time at the shelter waiting for their forever homes.
This Fall, give a shelter pet something to be thankful for- adopt a ‘Less-Adoptable’ pet and Maui Humane Society will take 25% off your pet’s adoption fee.
While many of our shelter pets are able to immediately grab the attention of potential adopters with their striking features and sociable behavior, other truly wonderful pets tend to be overlooked. ‘Less-Adoptable’ pets include black animals, senior pets, common breeds, mixed breeds, pets with medical problems and pets with behavioral issues.
According to a PetFinder survey, the following ‘less-adoptable’ pets wait nearly four times longer for their forever homes than the average adoptable pet. Please spread the word about 'less-adoptable' pets and help them get that second chance that they EQUALLY deserve!
"People are looking for a face to fall in love with and if that dog doesn't stand out in a crowd, they just get overlooked," says Sherri Skidmore, the owner and founder of the Utah-based Black Dog Rescue Project. "If you put a black dog and a lighter dog next to each other, people will be drawn to the lighter one."
Superstition about the bad luck of having a black cat or the way black dogs are portrayed as villainous or dangerous in movies also contributes to the problem.The same goes for pets with darker coats, such as brindle-coated dogs and tortoiseshell coated cats- and ever abundant orange tabbies.
Adoptive parents tend to shy away from older pets because they're ‘not as cute as’ puppies or kittens. They may not seem as perky, or eager to please as younger animals and they may develop serious, expensive health problems. Tragically, many older pets live out the remainder of their lives in shelters, or are euthanized to make room for more adoptable animals. This is no way for a once cherished pet to live, or to die.
If you're thinking about adopting a shelter pet, an older dog or cat just might be exactly what you're looking for, so we encourage you to keep an open mind! The ASPCA lists their Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog, including the fact that seniors tend to settle in quickly,
have fewer accidents, and usually don't require round-the-clock supervision like many younger dogs do. And of course all that goes double for older kitties!
Common and Misunderstood Breeds
Pets with Medical Problems
Pets with Behavioral Issues
The number of available and adequate homes for large pets is limited, especially here on Maui where most landlords impose strict size restrictions on pets allowed on property. Unfortunately even an extremely well-socialized, well-mannered large dog can spend months and months waiting for a forever home.
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