A lot of you may already know that this week is “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week,” which is Petfinder’s promotion for not-so-pretty pets to find homes: senior cats, cats with medical issues or who just look less than perfect, black cats, etc. I love Petfinder, but they have it completely twisted around and wrong. These pets are not “less-adoptable,” it is that most humans are “less deserving” to share a home with such special, awesome creatures!
The reality is that only very special humans understand the gifts they receive when they bring an FIV+ cat or a 15-year-old senior, or a tripod kitty into their home. Every day, they will teach you the deepest meaning of love, the fullness of gratitude, and they will share with you the kind of bond that can change you. That kind of love has to be earned by good deeds and the desire to look beyond appearances and one’s own convenience.
The issue has never been: are these pets less adoptable? It has always been: are you special enough to accept their gifts of love? Next time you are ready to bring a new cat into your home (or maybe even when you aren’t — life sometimes works out that way), pack away your assumptions and open up your heart. You may get a surprise.