Less Adoptable Pets: From the Island of Misfit Pets to super stardom

Every year, millions of pets are left behind at animal controls, shelters and rescues. As the clock ticks for animals waiting for a new family, the kittens, puppies and outgoing cats and dogs have the best shot at finding homes. However, if a pet is a senior, a black cat or dog, pit bull or is sick, injured,shy or less than perfect…there often isn’t much hope. There is no Island of Misfit Pets for them to call home.

Some animals end up left behind when something happens to their family – economics, illness or death. For many others, they were abused or just dumped (see Five Minutes to Heartbreak). And then, others are abandoned due to injuries or old age at a time when they need their family the most. Petfinder has designated September 17 through 23 is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable Pet Week. The goal is to find homes for the millions of less-than-perfect pets.

Today and tomorrow I’ll look at some pets that would be considered "less adoptable" and appeared to be destined for the Island of Misfit Pets until someone took a chance on them. Their stories are amazing and the amount of love given and received on both sides is remarkable.

Today, we’ll look at the nine Less-Adoptable-Pets that ended up stars and have become the voice for many other pets who are being overlooked. Tomorrow, we’ll look at some of the dogs assisted by Trio Animal Foundation. TAF is a non-profit that looks for the forgotten animals in open admission shelters everyday for pets in need of a second chance - those destined for the Island of Misfit Pets - and pays for medical care for pets that no one wants. Rescues then step in until they find a home. (Day two - Giving Happy Endings to Less Adoptable Pets.)

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    I am a crazy cat lady and puppy mill warrior that blogs to advocate and educate about pet issues. In American animal controls, millions of pets are abandoned each year and an estimated 4 million die just because there are not enough homes. It truly seems like it’s Raining Cats and Dogs.

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