Annually on May 3rd, National Specially-abled Pets Day shines a spotlight on the needs of pets with disabilities.
This day is set aside to educate the public about caring for disabled pets. The day features disabled animals looking for a home. It also encourages animal lovers to consider choosing a disabled pet when they are looking at adopting a new pet family member. Before you adopt a pet with special needs, consider the time, energy, and financial needs, too.
- Do you need special training? Depending on your pet’s needs you may need to learn some new skills. If your pet requires injections or certain types of therapy, you will be the one to provide the services.
- If your pet is deaf or blind, you will need to be aware of their needs and safety concerns.
- Is your home adapted to their needs? Amputees and blind animals will need accommodations.
- Specially-abled pets require more veterinary care. The costs can add up, so consider your finances before you adopt, not after.
While pets with disabilities require additional care and accommodations, they still bring much love and joy to a home.
HOW TO OBSERVE SPECIALLY-ABLED PETS DAY
Consider adopting a specially-abled pet. Learn about fostering specially-abled pets, too. While bringing home a pet is always exciting, it can also be stressful. Visit with someone who is the pet parent of a specially-abled pet to learn more. They will provide insight and helpful tips. You will also gain a partner and hopefully a play buddy for your new companion. If you already love one, share your experiences and post pictures of your beautiful furbabies using #SpeciallyAbledPetsDay on social media.