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Reasons To Adopt A Specially-Abled Pet
May 1, 2023

May 3rd is Adopt A Specially-Abled Pet Day. This is a wonderful cause, and one that could definitely use a signal boost. If you’re considering bringing a new pet into your home, don’t just pass over those pets that aren’t quite perfect. That three-legged dog or blind cat may be the best animal companion you’ve ever had! An Emerson, NJ vet lists some reasons to adopt one of these sweet pets below. 

Fight Misconceptions 

Many specially-abled pets get passed up because people assume they will be harder and/or more expensive to care for than other pets. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. You may just need to do a few things a little differently. And while there may be some extra care or expense, it may be less than you thought. If you’re thinking about it, ask your vet or the shelter staff for more specific information, so you can get a better idea of what’s involved. It won’t hurt to learn more!

The Greater Good 

Adopting that specially-abled pet won’t just help your new animal companion, but will also benefit other homeless animals. It will free up space and resources at the shelter or foster home, so another sweet dog or cat will have a chance to be adopted.

Rewarding Experience 

Animals have an amazing ability to connect with us on very deep levels. Pets know who has helped them, and they tend to be very loving and loyal to those saviors. Purrs, tail wags, and unconditional love are all precious gifts!

One-Of-A-Kind Buddy

Our four-legged pals are all unique. That said, you may find that the cute blind dog or deaf cat is extra in the most adorable ways possible. 


Many specially abled pets really don’t seem to notice that there’s something different about them: they just want to live their best lives. It’s a beautiful thing seeing these resilient, adorable pets running and playing happily.

Be The Change

We’d love to see all the specially-abled pets out there get loving homes. Adopting one yourself can be a great way to inspire others. All animals deserve love, kindness, and compassion—not to mention treats and belly rubs. Sharing the word on social media helps, but you can also lead by example. That’s a great message to send! 

Do you have a specially-abled pet? Contact us, your Emerson, NJ pet hospital, anytime!