September 17-23 is Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable Pet Week. And while I’d like to see the term “less adoptable” become obsolete, it’s important to raise awareness around the discrimination suffered by animals who are viewed as defective and wait for homes almost four times longer than other rescues.
Specially-abled animals – as my kitty friend Tiny Timmy likes to say - have so much to give and should not be overlooked because of their dark coat, advanced age, missing limb(s), or chronic (but manageable) conditions.
I had the pleasure of meeting and hugging specially-abled kitty Moki Fogg at Blog Paws this year. BTW, turns out t I was kneeling on doggie doo. Nice going dog people.]
Last year in honor of this week I featured two VERY special and handsome specially-abled kitties, Moki “the Wobbly” Cat and Tiny Timmy. If you haven’t read their inspirational stories I hope you take the time to do so today.
Tiny Timmy (aka TT) suffered neurological damage from toxic over-the-counter flea powder. He and his owner Claudia Tietze have made it their life’s work to have damaging flea and tick products (collars, powders, drops) labeled with appropriate warnings and ultimately banned from the market.
Read more about TT at: What’s “Less Adoptable” Anyway?
Moki receives physical therapy (including hydro!) and acupuncture to help his mobility. His mom Crystal Fogg consults for Scouts House and Scout’s Therapy Fund, a non-profit fund dedicated to under writing the cost of physical rehabilitation for disabled shelter & service animals.
Have you ever, or do you now live with a specially-abled pet? How did you decide to adopt him/her pet, and what have you learned from him/her?
PS – At BlogPaws I learned I was pronouncing his name wrong. It’s “mow-key” I was saying “moo-key” before (whoops!).
*Please note: Though called a “wobbly cat,” Moki is not kitty suffering from CH (Cerebellum Hyperplasia), and his lifestyle/treatment should not be confused as such.