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These Pets Are Often Overlooked For Being 'Less Adoptable,' But Really Just Need Some TLC

Pets come in all shapes and sizes with their own unique quirks. While many furry friends are adopted as happy additions to loving families, there are some animals that are overlooked at shelters because of certain "less adoptable" traits. Senior pets, pets with special needs, adult cats and pit bull-type dogs don't always receive the love that their counterparts do, and can take about four times longer to get adopted than the average pet, according to adoption database Petfinder.com.

This year, "Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week," first launched by Petfinder.com, is being held from Sept. 21-27 to show that every pet is an adoptable pet. To celebrate, we're showing readers some critters that have been deemed less adoptable, but in actuality, no less adorable.

Meet Sailor, who is "less adoptable" because she is a pit bull.
sailor the pitbull
Emily Fromm, vice president of development at the Petfinder Foundation told HuffPost that pit bulls are often not considered by those searching for a pet, because of the negative stigma tied to the breed. Luckily, Sailor, who was at the Animal Protective Association of Missouri, found a forever home. Which isn't surprising. Who could possibly pass up that face?

Meet Lincoln, who is "less adoptable" because he's both a black cat and a senior pet.
lincoln black cat
Lincoln now has a loving home, but it took some time for him to get there. Because he is a black cat, and no longer a "cute" age, it took Lincoln a bit longer to get adopted from Lenawee Humane Society. But age is just a number, and Lincoln is as charming as ever.

Meet Lyte, a rabbit who is "less adoptable" because she is 2 years old.
lyte the rabbit
Lyte from the Animal Foundation is not as young as many prospective owners prefer her to be. Potential owners are also under the misconception that shelters don't carry rabbits and other "pocket pets," according to the foundation's Meghan Scheibe. In fact, this bunny still needs a home! She looks super lovable to us.

Meet Polaris, a cat who is "less adoptable" because he has special needs.
polaris
Polaris has a neurological condition and is visually impaired which makes caring for him a bit more challenging. Prospective owners may be hesitant to adopt pets like Polaris. Luckily for him, he found loving humans who took him home from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

Meet Sasha, a pup who is "less adoptable" because she's a pit bull terrier mix.
sasha
Sasha has had a hard time finding a home due to her breed's reputation. In fact, she's at the Animal Foundation waiting for a forever home. In reality, pit bulls like Sasha have behaviors that are no different from other dog breeds. We think she's precious.

To learn more about Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet week, and to meet some more of these pets, click here.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • From left to right, Milana, Mieko, and Delilah at Lighthouse Animal Rescue in Atenas, Alejuela, Costa Rica.
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    From left to right, Milana, Mieko, and Delilah at Lighthouse Animal Rescue in Atenas, Alejuela, Costa Rica.
  • Sprinkles was abandoned in a parking lot in Atenas, Costa Rica.  She is now available for adoption through Lighthouse Animal
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Sprinkles was abandoned in a parking lot in Atenas, Costa Rica. She is now available for adoption through Lighthouse Animal Rescue
  • Lady is a  shepherd mix who is also currently adoptable from Lighthouse Animal Rescue in Atenas, Costa Rica.
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Lady is a shepherd mix who is also currently adoptable from Lighthouse Animal Rescue in Atenas, Costa Rica.
  • Phinneaus is a 6 week old Miniature Pinscher  from <a href="http://www.meetyourdog.com/" target="_blank">Dogland</a> in Costa
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Phinneaus is a 6 week old Miniature Pinscher from Dogland in Costa Rica.
  • Colin from <a href="http://www.meetyourdog.com/" target="_blank">Asociacion Elena</a> in San Ramon de Alejuela, Costa Rica.
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Colin from Asociacion Elena in San Ramon de Alejuela, Costa Rica.
  • Russell from the <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_blank">MSPCA at Nevins Farm.</a>
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Russell from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.
  • Franklin was found tied to a tree, left for dead, in the middle of a deep forest by some passing hikers. By the time he was f
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Franklin was found tied to a tree, left for dead, in the middle of a deep forest by some passing hikers. By the time he was found, his back legs were no longer functional. Franklin was at PittieLove Rescue in Framingham, Mass.
  • Joshua from the <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_blank">MSPCA at Nevins Farm</a> in Methuen,
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Joshua from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts.
  • Scrappy is a Pit Bull Mix adoptable from the <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_blank">MSPCA at
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Scrappy is a Pit Bull Mix adoptable from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA.
  • Capone from <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_blank">MSPCA at Nevins Farm.</a>
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
  • Petunia from the MSPCA at <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_blank">Nevins Farm.</a>
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Petunia from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.
  • Falcor is a gorgeous all-white Pit Bull, adopted from the <a href="http://www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins/" target="_bl
    Kaylee Greer / Dog Breath Photography
    Falcor is a gorgeous all-white Pit Bull, adopted from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.
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