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Column: Be open-minded to adopting an ‘underdog’

(Left) Ray Palmer is likely one of the 38 cats Pasadena Humane rescued from a cramped trailer earlier this summer time. (Center) 5-year-old Poseidon is the most effective boy. He likes to play, go on hikes and snuggle. (Proper) Toffee is your typical pleasant guinea pig. He communicates by way of quite a lot of sounds and squeaks, all of which may imply one thing totally different.

At Pasadena Humane over the previous yr, greater than 3,000 pets have been adopted into fantastic new properties.

We’re lucky to have a strong adoption program. But, at our shelter and people across the nation, some pets take longer to be adopted than others. We name these “long-stay” animals.

You may assume that senior pets or black cats are essentially the most tough to put. However, at Pasadena Humane, that’s not the case.

We discover that giant breed canines have the toughest time discovering new properties, significantly rambunctious adolescents and canines who’re center aged.

Housing restrictions are one barrier. Leases typically prohibit bigger canines and sure breeds. When housing will permit larger canines, some busy life can not accommodate canines who want additional enrichment and exercise to maintain them pleased.

Beneath-socialized felines — reminiscent of cats who come to us from hoarding conditions — keep on the shelter longer than extra pleasant cats and kittens. Additionally, critters reminiscent of bunnies, guinea pigs and hamsters, are sometimes not even thought of for adoption, despite the fact that they’re good pets for some properties.

Maybe it’s not shocking that analysis has discovered {that a} pet’s look is crucial consider canine adoptions and one of many prime two elements in cat adoptions (second to habits with individuals).

I encourage you to place seems apart and provides an underdog, cat or critter an opportunity. Loads of superior pets in all colours, sizes and styles are neglected every single day.

We’ve a employees process drive devoted to serving to long-stay pets discover properties as quickly as attainable. One in all our methods throughout our busy summer time season is to have periodic free adoption days.

This Saturday, September 16, we’re holding our last Free Adoption Day of the yr. Please come out and undertake a pet, particularly a long-stay one.

With that in thoughts, permit me to introduce you to 3 of our long-stay pets who want a house:

Poseidon: Merely put, the 5-year-old is the most effective boy. This grey pit bull combine has been in our care since April and hopes to discover a house quickly. Poseidon has not too long ago been out on a couple of foster subject journeys and obtained prime marks. He enjoys automobile rides and snuggling and could be very well-behaved on hikes. He likes to play (and destroy!) tennis balls and roll within the grass. Whereas he doesn’t react to different animals on a leash, our employees assume Poseidon might want to be the one pet in your house.

Ray Palmer: One of many 38 cats we rescued from a cramped trailer earlier this summer time, Ray Palmer wants a affected person adopter who can provide him the time and house to regulate to a protected and loving house. Whereas in our care, Ray’s persona has began to blossom and hopefully, reduce the reminiscences of his earlier residing circumstances. He has grow to be extra trusting with our employees and volunteers. We all know he’ll make a wonderful pet for the fitting household.

Toffee: Your typical pleasant guinea pig, Toffee was deserted at a pet retailer in Glendale within the warmth of summer time together with 4 different guinea pigs. Guinea pigs like Toffee will purr contently in your lap and talk by way of quite a lot of sounds and squeaks, all of which may imply one thing totally different.

Poseidon, Ray Palmer, Toffee, and lots of different pets in want of properties are ready to satisfy you at our “Free Adoption Day,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. September 16 at 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

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Dia DuVernet is president and CEO of Pasadena Humane.

This weblog put up initially appeared as a column within the Pasadena Star-Information on September 15, 2023.

Autor Dia DuVernet


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