Can you believe that routinely, big black dogs wait longer to be
adopted than big brown dogs?
Fur color. Ageism. Breed prejudice.
These are the main factors that make a dog seem "less adoptable"
and contribute to longer wait times for certain dogs in finding
their furever homes. Shelters have been able to track that
"less adoptable" dogs wait almost four times as long as the average
adoptable dog does.
In terms of which pets are hardest to find homes for, survey
24% senior or older pets
16% pets with behavioral needs
14% victims of breed prejudice
13% shy or fearful pets
12% pets with medical needs
The blind dog, the older dog, the black dog or the shy dog -
these are the dogs that are so often overlooked. Preconceived
notions about certain breeds or special needs dogs often land a dog
on this hard to adopt list. However, we and all of our
supporters know that all dogs are wonderful dogs. Yes, you
may meet some unique challenges with a special needs dog, but the
reward far surpasses any challenge.
All adoptable dogs need love and a family to call their
If you are wondering how you can get involved in helping less
adoptable dogs? Consider volunteering to promote these
canines. Consider fostering to give these dogs a comfortable
environment while they find their furever homes. Consider
adopting one of the "less adoptables".