While everyday new doggies find forever homes, sometimes for different types of dogs the journey can be more difficult. The last full week in September is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week. Dogs that are older or have disabilities can have a harder time finding a forever home. In honor of these pups, we are sharing ten stories of less adoptable dogs who found amazing forever homes. Remember, if you are thinking about adopting, don’t forget that adopting a dog that seems “less adoptable” might actually turn into the best decision of your life. These dogs are just as loving and sweet as any other dogs!
1. Two-Legged Dog and 3 Legged Cat are Best Friends
Tink is a seven year old Dachshund who happens to have only two legs. She was born missing her two front legs and gets around with a set of custom wheels made specifically for her. She was the product of negligent breeding and born into a litter of puppies with defects. Her adopters however didn’t believe that two missing legs would make her any less of a pet and decided to adopt her anyway. They don’t feel sorry for her because she is perfectly happy and lives a great life and are grateful she came into their lives. Tink has a best cat friend named Henry who is also missing a leg. The two have become best friends and are inseparable.
2. Pit Bull Gets Adopted After Waiting Five Years
Chester the Pit Bull was waiting to find a forever home for five years. Because of their complicated history surrounding dog fighting, Pit Bull dogs are usually stereotyped as scary dogs that cannot be control. Thanks to a Facebook campaign that was shared thousands of times, Chester finally found a home. Chester was six years old and for the first time getting to go home. It was meant to be because he was adopted by a family whose dog had passed away around the same time Chester appeared at an animal shelter. It was as if Chester were waiting for them.
3. Former Fighting Dog Finds Forever Home
Hank was the product of a dog fighting home. He has many battle scars and suffered through much abuse. He was one of the thirty seven dogs rescued from a dog fighting operation. After years of abuse Hank was adopted into a loving family. His new mom makes sure to tend to his battle scars and wounds that are still healing. Typically former fighting dogs have a difficult time getting placed in new homes because of their history, but Hank’s new mom didn’t give up on Hank because she wanted him to have the chance to live a normal happy dog life. Now Hank couldn’t be any happier.
4. Marnie The 14-Year Old Shih-Tzu
Marnie is a fourteen year old Shih-Tzu living in New York City. Even though Marnie is fourteen years old, she was actually only adopted when she was eleven. Her owner adopted Marnie because many senior doggies like Marnie rarely get adopted and are left to live out the rest of their senior lives in shelters. Marnie helps promote senior pet adoption. She also happens to be one of Instagram’s most famous pooches with two million followers and is known for her adorable drooping tongue. Hopefully Marnie’s story will inspire you to consider adopting a senior pup, because look at just how cute Marnie is!
5. Rescued Toothless Chihuahua Gets Adopted
Mervin the Chihuahua lost all of his teeth while waiting to be adopted. Even though he has no teeth, Mervin was hopeful that one day someone would adopt him and would see past his disability. Luckily, Mervin’s loving personality and adorable face were convincing enough and he found a forever home. He went from a shelter dog with no teeth to an Instagram star. Even though Mervin has no teeth, he lives a happy life and his new owners even treat him like royalty. He may be a bit different than other dogs, but that doesn’t stop him from loving life.
6. Blind Dog About To Be Put Down Gets Adopted
This dog, named Stevie Wonder after the famous blind singer, initially looked as if he was going to be put down. He was in a Los Angeles County shelter and because he was blind he had a very hard time getting adopted. He was constantly overlook and branded as unadoptable. Luckily, The Fuzzy Pet Foundation stepped in to rescue him and now he has been adopted thanks to their hard work. You would never know this dog is blind. He loves to go for hikes, walks around the neighborhood, and easily navigates the house. Just because he is blind does not mean he should have to be put down.
7. Deaf Dog Gets Adopted By Deaf Owner
Rosie the Pit Bull is a happy go lucky dog who also happens to be deaf. Rosie struggled in the shelter because she does not respond to sounds or the calling of her name. The shelter taught her sign language so they could communicate with her and it helped bring Rosie out of her shell. Whoever adopted her would have to learn the signs, which made it harder for Rosie to find a permanent home. That’s when Cindy came along. Cindy is also deaf so she understood how Rosie felt. Because Cindy already knows sign language, adopting Rosie was no problem. It was a match made in heaven.
8. Disabled Child Adopts Three-Legged Dog
Seven year old Owen suffers from Schwartz Jampel Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes his muscles to be constantly tense. Owen’s mobility is very limited because his balance is poor, so he cannot walk without help. That’s when his parents adopted Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd who is missing a back leg and his tail. Haatchi had to have them amputated after being tied to a railway and being hit by a train. Luckily, these two found each other and have become best friends and are completely inseparable. Owen always felt different, but seeing Haatchi’s happy attitude even with his amputations inspired Owen and made him feel stronger.
9. Dog In Wheelchair Adopted By Man In Wheelchair
This is heartwarming tale ends with a happy ending so prepare your tissues. Chance was hit by a car and left on the side of the road for dead. Luckily he was helped, but he was left with his back legs paralyzed and given a wheelchair. It seemed no one wanted Chance because of his disability, but that’s when Michael stepped in. Michael is also in a wheelchair and knew he could relate to Chance. Michael knew that no one would love Chance like he would because they share the same struggles. Together they overcome those obstacles and are now best friends for life.
10. Tuna The Dog With An Overbite
Tuna is an adorable Chihuahua and Dachshund mix breed who happens to have a very prominent overbite. Tuna was overlooked constantly because of her “ugly” appearance. It seemed no one wanted her even though she had such a loving personality just because of the way she looked. Tuna was originally thrown out and left on the side of the road abandoned and all alone. Courtney saw Tuna at a farmer’s market and immediately knew she was the perfect dog for her. Tuna went from an “ugly” dog no one wanted, to having over one million followers on Instagram. That is definitely a success story.
Do you have any stories of adopting a less adoptable dog? Let us know and leave a comment below.