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Specially-abled Pets Day

National Specially-abled Pets Day, held on May 3, celebrates these amazing and heroic animals, helps to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and finds homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets. It also celebrates the dedicated people who take care of these pets, as it takes a special type of owner to care for and raise a special needs pet.

National Specially-abled Pets DayFounded in 2006 and internationally embraced, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption and for people who would like to bring a new furry family member home, to consider a specially-abled pet.

Show your pet how much you love them on National Specially-abled Pets Day. A specially-abled pet may have a birth defect, or have suffered an injury or disease that requires them to use a sling, stroller, or wheeled harness. It can include paralysis, blindness, deafness, or missing limbs. Despite their differences, these pets are not any less capable of showing love or leading a fulfilling life.

National Specially-abled Pets DayDespite what many people may think, pets with disabilities are more than capable to lead happy and healthy lives. They are very able in all reality. National Specially-abled Pets Day can help educate others about the capabilities of these pets, and encourage people to adopt one from a shelter. Many people feel it will be too much work to look after a pet with a disability, and they are often overlooked in shelters. These animals have full hearts and are always ready and waiting for their families.

If given the chance, it’s amazing how these pets can adapt with the help of patience and modern technology in some cases. Prosthetic limbs and customized wheel chairs help animals get around easier, and voice and hand signals can be used to train deaf or blind pets. Every Petsecure plan provides up to $350 of coverage for medical devices, such as wheel chairs for pets. These coverage amounts renew each year.

Whether blind or in a wheelchair, these pets will more than often want to play, walk, snuggle and be just as involved as any other animal. So whether a pet is missing an eye, or a leg, never underestimate their abilities to accomplish what another pet can do, or their ability to provide unconditional love. So the next time you’re looking to adopt a new furry family member, don’t overlook a potential companion who may look a little different. They often don’t require extra care or expense and can bring you a lifetime of happiness.