September 17-25 is supposedly Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week… but what is “less adoptable,” really? I can see why cats with multiple medical issues might need a human with the time and means to cope with medication and/or special care, but does having a smaller pool of potential adopters make them less adoptable? Think about it: when there is a news item about a cat that has been hurt or disfigured through an accident or act of cruelty, invariably dozens — sometimes hundreds — of humans offer to adopt her. And of course the cat can only go to one home. What about all those other humans? If they were so willing to take that particular kitty, what is stopping them from choosing another one suffering under similar circumstances, but who did not make the evening news?
Then there’s the case of black cats. Why are they “less adoptable?” The black cats I know around the blogosphere have great personalities that shine through their blog posts. What if you blindfolded a human and set her down in the middle of a shelter room full of cats? What if she had to pick out a cat purely by feel and friendliness? How much do you want to bet that the cat she would pick would be black — or a tortoiseshell cat, the second “least adoptable” fur color?
Want more proof that there is no such thing as “less adoptable?” Let’s look at one of my fellow blogging cats, Selina. Not only is she black, she has only one eye. But if you read about her activities on her blog, you’ll discover a truly delightful, kind of wacky young kitty! The kind of cat nearly anyone would enjoy bringing home.
Less adoptable? Honestly, there is no such thing. Nearsighted humans who could not recognize a winning companion if they tripped over one? Sadly, there are way too many of those.