This beautiful poem is by the founder of National Specially-Abled Pets Day, Colleen Paige, one of the country’s premier family and pet lifestyle experts. Paige founded National Specially-Abled Pets Day back in 2006 (originally called Disable Pets Day), desiring to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and find homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets.
You’ve likely seen many in your community–dogs and cats missing limbs, eyes, ears, or with paralyzed limbs. Yet the amazing thing about each one of them is how much they’re still able to enjoy life and spread the love and joy we value in them.
As the NSAPD official website puts it:
Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life…and we need to keep up with them! Celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd annually, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption always and for people who would like to bring a new furry family member home, to consider a specially-abled pet.
If you’d like to show your support for this wonderful effort, check out their Facebook page and website, where numerous resources are listed for people with specially-abled pets or for those wanting to learn more about how they can help.
Also, check out the websites for your local shelters, pets stores, and adoption/foster programs to see if any of them are holding events to promote NSAPD–and if not, let them know about it so they can join in the fun!
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