Special Pets: Should You Adopt One or Not?
Sat, April 17, 2021

Special Pets: Should You Adopt One or Not?

Just like humans, these animals also need special attention and understanding, and people shouldn’t make fun of them or diminish their worth because of their condition / Photo by: Christin Lola via Shutterstock

 

Pictures of animals with unique physical appearance are becoming popular on the internet, as they either look so cute or truly extraordinary. However, these animals, despite their funny and adorable features, most likely have a condition that is causing them to have their unique look. Just like humans, these animals also need special attention and understanding, and people shouldn’t make fun of them or diminish their worth because of their condition. 

Some of these animals are believed to have their own version of Down syndrome, but many health experts still doubt if this condition can really happen to pets. As explained by a website called Wag Walking, a trusted local dog walking service, there is still insufficient scientific evidence that will definitely prove that animals can also be afflicted with Down syndrome. 

However, several health conditions in some pets are similar to how Down syndrome manifests in humans. These include pituitary dwarfism, congenital heart disease, and hypothyroidism. And due to this condition, a lot of these animals are being abandoned since owners prefer to have a normal pet.

 

Uniquely Special

Pets who have special needs are those animals that have physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or behavioral issues that will require special medical attention and a loving home where the pet could have a normal and happy life with a human family.

Pets for Patriots, an organization that helps US military veterans to adopt a new pet friend, explained in their website that special needs pets are increasingly becoming homeless or unadoptable. As a result, rescue centers are being filled with pets that yearn for a new family.

Pets who have special needs are those animals that have physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or behavioral issues that will require special medical attention and a loving home where the pet could have a normal and happy life with a human family / Photo by: Chadakorn Phalanon via Shutterstock

 

Meet Some Lovable Pets

Despite the struggles that they are facing because of their condition, these animals remain as an inspiration to the people around them. They teach us that no matter what happens, there is still hope for us, that we could still be an inspiration despite not being normal. Here are some of these special animals that touched everyone’s life with their determination. 

Monty the Cat

Monty was born without a nasal bridge. But he manages to have a happy disposition, according to his owners, as reported in Bored Panda, a website that provides articles about art, photography, and viral stories. His family adopted him from an animal shelter in Copenhagen. He loves snuggles and attention from his family. Monty became an internet sensation because of his irresistible cuteness and charm that captivates many people in social media.

Sheba the elbow-walking pup

This little puppy was rescued by an animal shelter. She was born with impaired legs, which makes it difficult for her to walk on her front paws. Sheba was adopted by a kind family that came in the nick of time. HuffPost, an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions narrated how the rescue shelter was considering if Sheba should be euthanized or transferred to New York for extensive care when the family came and adopted her.

 

Adopting Special Need Pets

If you’re planning on having a cute little angel with special conditions, you should remember these things before heading out to your nearest animal shelter:

Think more than twice – to prepare yourself in adopting these kinds of pets, you should better consult experts, veterinarians, and people who have adopted similar animals. You should do your research as asking questions are sometimes not enough. 

Check your wallet – as much as we want to help these cute and adorable pets, we should be practical. If you’re unprepared financially and you adopted a special needs pet, chances are this animal might suffer even more even as it gives you an additional source of stress.

The Dodo, an American mobile-first media brand founded on the observations that animal content is among the most widely shared on social media, mentioned in their website that vet visits for a healthy dog alone can cost between $540 to $2,400 over its lifetime. This amount can surge if you have a pet with special needs because they require additional medications. 

Consider your commitment – just like adopting a healthy pet, you should make sure that you can commit to taking care of another living thing. These pets need your constant attention and time. Special needs pets might need more than normal animals and it is up to you as their owner to provide them. 

Fortunately, having the right veterinarian might also be a way for you to find the best and strong support system that you need. They can provide valuable information about your pet’s specific condition and how you can effectively deal with it. 

Check your wallet – as much as we want to help these cute and adorable pets, we should be practical / Photo by: boonchoke via Shutterstock

 

Let’s Be Honest

Even if you tick off all the items above and you still can’t feel the urge and willingness to adopt a special needs pet, it would be useless. Ask yourself multiple times before you head out to the shelter. Adoption is a big responsibility, which is why it must be thought out more than twice over.