September 17 to September 23, 2012 is Petfinder.com’s special program called “Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week”. For this week Petfinder encourages people to spread awareness in regards to certain pets being less adoptable.
One of the pets that are considered less adoptable are black cats.
You would think that in these modern times superstitious prejudice would not influence people in regards to such a thing as pet adoption, but apparently it does, and black cats are harder to adopt than other colored cats. But it is not just cats. Black dogs are considered less likely to find adoptive homes than dogs of other colors.
Pets have no control over the color they were at birth, in fact as humans we have more control over our skin color (and hair color) than pets do, and yet we judge them for their genetics. Hundreds are euthanized every week for one reason; being born with black fur.
Now, I am no expert on pet genetics but as I understand it black labs are more common than the other colors, and that black is a very common cat color, so it could be that people are avoiding black pets just because they are seen as “common”, but how can we think of ourselves as special ourselves even if there are millions of people with the same skin and hair color as we have.
When you adopt a pet the number one concern should not be color, it should be the personality of the pet. If you are interested in adopting a pet, and saving a life, spend the time with many pets and consider which one has the personality that fits your lifestyle best. Black pets need loving homes too!
If you are considering adopting a pet please visit your local animal shelter and consider adopting a less adoptable pet. If you want to find shelters or adoptable pets in Canada, or the USA, please visit Petfinder.com. If you know of an animal shelter not linked to Petfinder please tell them about Petfinder so they can use this as a way to promote their pets.
See Petfinder’s list for 2012 Less Adoptable Pets – click here.
Other less adoptable pets include:
- Old dogs
- Older cats
- Pit bull dogs
- Pets with health concerns
- Injured/deformed pets
My article on Cat Care.
Article has been republished on Full of Knowledge.