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Petfinder.com asks people to Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet

Many people who seek to rescue a dog from a local shelter look for one that is friendly and as healthy as possible. However, this trend leaves the weakest and sickest animals at the shelter to stay or be euthanized, when they are the ones who need the most love from prospective owners.

To fight back against this, Petfinder.com, an online pet adoption site, is hosting Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, which will run through September 25, its website reports.

The campaign is directed at "less adoptable" pets at shelters that tend to be overlooked by prospective pet parents looking for young, spry companion animals. The campaign began three years ago after a study showed that about 95 percent of shelters and rescue groups have a harder time finding homes for pets like seniors, big black dogs, adult cats or pets with medical problems, the New York Daily News reports.

Although these animals may have an appearance or medical illness that seems less than desirable, many are still perfectly happy and healthy pets.

"These animals don't know they're different, and play and act just like any more typical pet. But they are different; they often exude a level of affection and, perhaps, gratitude, that is unique," Jo Ann Douglas, founder of K9Castle, a nonprofit rescue group, told the news source.
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