Happy National Pet Month! Every year, thousands of dogs and cats are lying in animal shelters, just waiting to be adopted and taken into a loving home. Luckily, many of them are adopted, but some of them have the extra challenge of being part of rare breeds, and are less likely to be adopted. These rare ones are just as loving, just as likely to make a great pet, but are often ignored for more popular breeds. Below are just a few ideas for some rare breeds to consider for your next adopted shelter animal.
Newfoundland: The Newfoundland has webbed feet and is used in sea rescues and emergency assists.
Shar Pei: This breed looks different from any other dog with wrinkled skin and a blue tongue.
Chinese Crested: The Chinese crested is a hairless dog with a tuft of hair on its head and tufts on its feet and tail.
Basenji: The peculiar feature of this dog is its singular yodel sound.
Catahoula Leopard Dog: This is a dog capable of climbing trees with blue eyes and a unique coat.
Thai Ridgeback: This dog has cat-like agility and a unique look. They were once used as guard dogs.
Chow Chow: The chow chow is known for its unusual patchwork appearance, a mane like a lion and a blue-black tongue.
Telomian Dog: This breed uses its paws like hands to open doors and hold toys.
Sphynx: The sphinx lacks a fur coat and loses more body heat than cats with fur.
Egyptian Mau: They have a striking spotted coat and are very fast and curious.
Maine Coon: The Maine coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat with high hunting skills.
Kurilian Bobtail: This cat has a pom-pom tail and is highly intelligent.
The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, from 12 to 20 million, to an estimated 3 to 4 million. However, there's still work to do; an estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues. I urge you to not only adopt a furry friend for yourself, but also to help get the word out to adopt some of the rare ones that may be unique, but still need a great home.
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