It’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week 2011, and behind that somewhat lengthy name is a really great cause that’s near and dear to my heart: finding homes for all the deserving cats and dogs who need them.
You’d like to think that every cat or dog awaiting adoption had an equal shot at finding its way to a “forever home,” but sadly, that’s nowhere close to reality. Black pets, senior pets, blind or deaf pets, banned or restricted breeds, FIV+ cats … the list goes on. All of these pets are less likely to be adopted and more likely to have an extended stay in the shelter or rescue. Petfinder.com created this week to generate awareness of this challenge and put the spotlight on these underdogs (and under-cats!) awaiting adoption.
Dixie, my weimaraner ...
Last Friday was National Dog Day. While I am a little late in posting about it, it’s too good of a cause not to mention. In the words of the day’s official website, National Dog Day helps “galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”
This edition of Web round-up has gone to the dogs; we’re featuring a few fun dog-related links:
- Just in time for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the ASPCA has put together a great article with the top 10 reasons to adopt an older dog. Adopting an adult dog (or cat) is often a great choice for many families, but sadly, they don’t get as much attention as their puppy and kitten counterparts. Take a look at the article and, next time you adopt, consider giving an older dog a chance.
- For pure cuteness, these photos of big dogs with a tiny newborn baby will make your day. The dogs’ devotion to their new sibling is evident, and it’s wonderful how their family has captured the moment.
- Speaking of cute, the lightly cartoonish illustrations on DoggieDrawings.net are also always good for a smile. You can sign up for an RSS feed of the artist’s latest drawings or you can pick up a calendar or other merchandise on the site. Especially neat are these dog behavior posters that convey important information about canine body language that everyone should know.
- And, finally, again in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, I’d love to share the link to Petfinder. If you’ve ever adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue, there’s a good chance you’ve used this site before, but if you haven’t, I encourage you to get familiar with this excellent resource. While the best matches are made one-on-one with your shelter or rescue group of choice, Petfinder is a wonderful starting point to see the amazing variety of great pets that are available for adoption and to learn about rescues and shelters in your area that you might not otherwise have been aware of.