The Seattle Animal Shelter and Petfinder.com are observing "Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day" as a way to call attention to thousands of pets that are overlooked and sit in shelters for months, waiting for someone to take them home.
Kim Saunders, vice president of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations at Petfinder.com, says it may be that the pet is shy with potential adopters, or is a senior citizen.
"Another less-adopted pet is the pit bull because sometimes the breed as a whole is given a bad rap because of bad behavior of one dog," she said.
One of the "less adoptable" at Seattle Animal Shelter is Chatty (pictured), a Seal Point Siamese mix who is a real talker. Her family moved away so now she is in the shelter awaiting a new home. She needs a home without kids or other pets.
Also looking for a home is Goldie, a 13-year-old tortoiseshell kitty who is described as being very affectionate and a real lapper. She does need eye medication every day.
Petfinder says more than 95 percent of members surveyed are finding it especially hard to find homes for adoptable pets they have posted on Petfinder.com.
Seattle Animal Shelter will feature their "less-adoptable-pets" - those who have been waiting at the shelter for more than two months - for the week of Aug. 12 through Aug. 18. During this week, these pets will have their adoption and microchip fees waived.
The shelter is open seven days a week, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. For more information, please call (206) 386- PETS (7387) or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.