There were two fantastic posts today on special needs companion animals.

Over at ecorazzi they posted about vegetarian actress Kristin Bell’s new project to raise money for special needs pets. She will be using actor Edward Norton’s Crowdrise—a social networking and crowd-sourcing platform—to raise the funds. The money raised will be earmarked for special needs pets at HSUS shelter partners.

There was also a heart-warming post over at the Animal Rights & Anti-Opression blog by Deb Durant about her adopted deaf cat Jake, who is quite a beauty I might add. While Jake’s deafness actually comes with many advantages, like not being afraid of thunder or the vacuum cleaner– and more importantly that from his own perspective his deafness is neither good nor bad–this disability still puts him in the “less adoptable” category. Deb does a good job of showing us how these animals can enrich our lives and just how important it is to adopt them:

It amazes me that deaf cats are seen as less adoptable by shelters and potential adopters! I don’t understand why, other than the “but he’s not perfect” type of illogical argument; the same comment I got about my princess, Tempest, who has a very kinked tail, and was apparently returned to the shelter once because of it! The reality is that the differences Jake displays as part of his deafness could, in another cat, exist purely as a function of personality. There are cats, hearing cats, who are not afraid of the noise of thunder or vacuum cleaners. Cats who happily snooze away while people take their picture. Cats who might as well be deaf for all the attention they pay to anyone’s vocalizations but their own! Cats who are equally intense in their focus on whatever has their intention.

There are other similar issues that put cats and dogs into “less adoptable” statuses. Blindness, age, Cerebellar Hypoplasia, shyness, and a black coat (especially in large dogs) are just a few examples of the superficial differences that can put a homeless animal at even more risk of needless death.