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Hey there animal-lovers. PetFinder has coined the week of September 21-27 Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week. What does that mean? It means that as animal advocates, CMHS and other animal shelters around the country will be promoting their Less-Adoptable pooches, kitties and other animals in the hopes of finding them fur-ever homes. There’s a lot of different factors that can put different potential pets at a disadvantage for adoption: having special needs, being a Bully breed, or being a senior. But hopefully we can put to rest some of the common misconceptions about these kinds of pets because they’re just like every other animal out there in need of a home.

Senior Pets

Senior pets are just exactly what they sound like: pets that a little older than the commonly adopted puppies to three year olds. Everyone loves a puppy. But senior dogs and cats can actually be amazing companions for a lot of different reasons. According to the ASPCA, most senior dogs already are trained basic commands and housebroken. Not only that, since they’re fully grown you know exactly what you’re getting in terms of size and personality. Senior dogs are also great for a more laid-back home since they won’t have a lot of energy. And since senior dogs are so difficult to place, you truly are saving a life by bringing one into your home. A lot of the same things apply to senior cats as well – they have better manners and know the difference between what’s okay to bite and scratch and what isn’t. For more details on why senior cats make great companions, visit this Petfinder site

There are some amazing senior pets waiting to find their forever homes at CMHS, right now. The cats include: Sami, Lurene, Cecily, Sparky, and Molly. And the dogs: Yocum, Meredith Brooks, and Josephine.

Pit Bulls and Pit Mixes

If there’s any dog breed that gets a bad rap, it’s the bully breeds: American Pit Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a long list of other breeds with similar characteristics. Most of the time, these pups have a lot of trouble finding homes, so much trouble, in fact that their adoption fees are usually lower. For a long time, CMHS didn’t even adopt out Pit Bull-type dogs, but in 2011 the Bull Runs Program was developed to try and combat negative stereotypes about Pit Bulls. Part of Bull Runs also means that Pit Bulls and other wrongly stereotyped breeds go though a much more extensive evaluation process before going on the adoption floor.

So, what makes a Pit Bull more adoptable than people think? Generally, they aren’t very aggressive. In fact, Pit Bulls aren’t suggested to be guard dogs because of just how friendly they are towards people. On top of all that, Pits love to cuddle, are incredibly loyal and eager to please their humans, and they’re great with children. And don’t forget, they’ve got one of the best smiles of all dog breeds around! There’s a ton of articles out there that address the misconceptions about Bully Breeds, but these two Petfinder articles do a great job: [x] & [x]

If you’re interested in bringing a Pit Bull or Pit mix into your home, make sure to look at Roxie, Truman, Jake, and Max.

Special Needs Pets

Special needs pets can range from having health problems like blindness or deafness to simply require a different sort of care than just any pet owner can provide. Sounds intimidating, right? It shouldn’t be. According to PetFinder, the only real difference between having a deaf pet and a hearing one is that they shouldn’t be left outside unsupervised. In fact, deaf dogs are fully trainable and can even be taught sign language commands. Blind dogs, too, don’t require much special treatment. They like to play, be pet, and run around just as much as other pets. If you think that adopting a special needs pet means it’ll be more expensive, those Petfinder articles state that the medical expenses aren’t more than they would be for a healthy animal. If you want more information about what it’s like to own a blind pet, click here.

So, hopefully we’ve helped make these “less-adoptable” pets a little bit more adoptable. They really are just like all of the others. Look for our “less-adoptable” residents in the spotlight on some of our Facebook posts this week. Come down to the shelter and meet some of them. We promise you’ll love them just as much as any other dog or cat.

Meet Roxie, photo by Bekah Rigby

You’ll find her charming smile and bright eyes on the Adoptable Dogs page of our website. This energetic American Pit bull Terrier who chatters her teeth when she gets excited is about two years old and even though she was brought in as a stray, she has an incredibly sweet demeanor and a heart of gold.

Roxie loves to play fetch and tug-of-war. She still has quite a bit of puppy in her so she can be pretty energetic. She’s incredibly smart, and would be easy to train with some structure. She’s already starting to get the hang of “sit”!

But don’t let all of that energy intimidate you. Roxie is just as content to sit down for a while (as close as she can get to you) and give you as much love as she can. She’s incredibly affectionate and loves to be close to people. And she hasn’t quite realized she’s not a lap dog yet.

Don’t worry if you’ve got another dog in the house. Roxie has gotten along with everyone she’s met, including other dogs. With her happy attitude and super sweet demeanor, Roxie would be a great fit for almost anyone. Check out some more of her pictures below and stop by the shelter to see this sweet girl in action. We can guarantee she’ll steal your heart.