As PetParents, we’re all on various levels of the animal loving spectrum. For some PetParents, focusing on one fur child at a time is the preferred method to maintain sanity in their home. Others find room in their home and hearts for several pets at once. If you’re considering adding another canine companion into your home, perhaps you’re looking to adopt or rescue a particularly ‘needy’ animal? Here are a few pointers to finding the dogs most in need of homes.
1. Bully breeds
Sadly, these dogs often get a ‘bad rap’ thanks to the media, and sometimes find themselves sitting in shelter kennels longer than necessary, waiting to find their furever home. Due to the stigmas put on these bully breeds, not all cities, counties, or complexes allow these breeds to be members of their community. Check your local laws prior to adopting- and ask any particular questions you may have to the shelter or rescue group that you’re working with.
2. Senior dogs
What’s better than avoiding the mess, hassle, and stress of puppy-hood and fast forwarding right to the golden years? Senior dogs have an established temperament, a generally quiet demeanor, and don’t ask for much more than a few bowls of food a day, and a soft bed to sleep on. Senior dogs are grateful and have so much love to give. Blessed are those who welcome a senior dog into their home- the return on your investment will be tenfold.
3. Black coated dogs
Whether it’s due to poor lighting or their inability to stand out, it’s statistically proven that these dark coated canines sit in shelters longer than their lighter, more colorful companions. In the shelter and rescue world this terrible phenomenon is referred to as ‘Black Dog Syndrome’ (BDS).
4. Special Needs Pets
Now we’ll be the first to admit to you PetParents, that a special needs pet is not a great fit for every person or every household. Special needs pets almost always translate into a bit of extra ‘work’ in their care to ensure they’re having the utmost comfort. That being said, the degrees of special needs pets covers a huge range. Perhaps a pet is listed as special needs simply because the shelter or rescue knows they are going to need a daily medication to maintain a good quality of life- probably not a deal breaker for most people. We’re encouraging you not to turn away at the mention of a ‘special needs’ pet, and instead, probe for further information from the shelter on what that means for a particular animal. Just because they’re special needs doesn’t mean they don’t have a whole lot of love to give!
Have you ever taken a chance on one of these ‘harder to get adopted’ dogs? How did things work out for you and your fur friend?