LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Less than half of all dogs and cats that end up in animal shelters get adopted, and those that do are rarely disabled pets.
Animal advocates believe special needs pets could prove to be the best animal companions.
In a house that already included several rescue pets, Susan Makowski made room for one more. Kody is a Lhasa Apso, he’s three-years-old, and he’s blind.
“I don’t think the special needs get adopted like they should and I’m afraid of them being euthanized. And he’s just the perfect pup,” said Makowski.
Makowski says Kody’s blindness came from neglect, but a lack of vision hasn’t stopped him from making himself at home.
“He really acclimated to the house fast, and he is, he is loving life,” claims Makowski.
She adopted Kody from the Luzerne County SPCA.
Inside one of the SPCA’s cat kennels is a one-eyed kitten nicknamed Wink. He’s one of more than 50 cats and 30-plus dogs at the crowded shelter.
“We have a couple kennels open right now but other than that we’re always full. We’re getting full. They fill up all the time,” says Carol Amos, volunteer and education coordinator at the Luzerne County SPCA.
While she considers finding a home for all of these pets imperative, Amos has an extra soft spot for less-abled animals.
“They are appreciative. They know. They give the love right back. That’s all they want,” said Amos.
Wink here was eligible to be adopted earlier this month. For Kody, it took just a few weeks to find his forever home. And while you might think a disabled pet that doesn’t find that forever home right away might be considered unadoptable, Amos says that’s not the case.”
“There are people out there that want to give them loving homes, let them live out their days,” explained Amos.
“Her eyesight is keen and her nose has no problems. She needs to sniff everything,” said Brenda Bartlett, who adopted a deaf dog.
Bartlett rescued her 10-year-old dog named lacy when it was just three-years-old. She uses hand commands to communicate with her pet.
“She’s wonderful and so there was a learning curve. That’s all I can say and that’s going to be the same for any special needs animal,” said Bartlett.
Giving homes to pets with a physical limitation, but not a disabled spirit.
Luzerne county SPCA currently has two special-needs animals that need homes.