Bringing Attention to 'Less Adoptable' Cats presents Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Sep. 17 to 25 with the theme ?Don?t Hate Me Because I?m ______, Adopt Me Because I Need You.?

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: September 16, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Prejudice against certain fur colors makes some cats "less adoptable."
Starting Saturday, will present Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, from September 17 to 25. This year’s theme is, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m ______, Adopt Me Because I Need You,” with a goal to help dog and cat adoption organizations fight discrimination against less-adoptable cats and dogs due to age, fur color or certain physical conditions.

In 2009, surveyed its 13,500 shelter and rescue groups and discovered that 96% had adoptable dogs and cats with particular difficulty finding homes. “This is when the idea of having a campaign dedicated solely to these pets was born,” says Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of “Every day, families walk into shelters or visit and bypass certain adoptable pets without maybe even realizing it. It can be because of the way they look, their age, or that they have a condition such as blindness, deafness or FIV.”

Because the first campaign had such impact, Saul says Petfinder decided to extend the dog and cat adoption event to a week-long initiative the next year. This year, Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week will include two weekends, which are high-traffic dog and cat adoption days.

“ is embracing a bolder theme for the third campaign –  ‘Don’t Hate Me Because I’m _____ Adopt Me Because I Need You’ – to shed light on how often people unconsciously judge or discriminate against certain pets when looking to adopt,” Saul says. “We hope to continue the momentum of the last two years and facilitate even more adoptions!” features a gallery during the week-long event to highlight just how many dogs and cats need a chance. Visitors can also log onto and enter their zip code to find adoptable cats and dogs at their local shelters or rescue groups.  

Saul encourages everyone to consider a “less adoptable” cat. Some cats categorized as "less adoptable," she points out, require only minimal or no special care. These include mature cats or cat with one eye; other cats could entail more time, such as daily injections, or money for frequent veterinary visits.  

“Treat each adoptable kitty as an individual and if you think you may have met your match, always consider what needs that cat may have and whether you are able and ready to meet those needs,” she says. “Whatever the needs are, if you decide you can meet them, adopting a "less adoptable" pet can be extremely rewarding.”
Visit the Petfinder Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week website here for more information.
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Renate    Salt Lake City, UT

2/16/2013 11:03:06 PM

I have always had a black cat I got my first one when I was 6 he lived to be 19. My second black Sam lived to be 20 and now I have Cinder he is 3. These have been the most lovable cat's I've ever had. Cinder is awesome he is my talker we just talk to each other all day.

S    3 Oaks, MI

9/30/2011 10:44:45 AM

It's weird how people think. I like black cats!

Bill & Lorraine    Manhattan, NY

9/20/2011 9:08:15 AM

We would never let the color of a cat persuade us from adopting a loving Baby.

Pat    Omaha, NE

9/20/2011 6:23:52 AM

I can't imagine not adopting a cat just because it's black, I love black cats.

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