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special needs label.
Animals at the OHS are special needs for a lot of reasons. They are generally relatively minor: a heart murmur with no discernible symptoms, arthritis, allergies which require a special diet, or another health issue that a loving and committed family would accept.
To promote the special ones, we reduce our usual adoption fee by half, and in June we are offering the equivalent of a first free vet visit by waiving the other half of the usual fee.
Gracie — my Siamese who must be obeyed — was special needs, owing to her age (10) and her smaller than expected kidneys. For me, this was a no-brainer. I wanted a cat that others might not. I didn't want a kitten: too much energy, too many unknowns. I wanted an adult that had a fully-formed personality, so I would know that we would get along. The fact that I wasn't allergic to her as I am with many cats helped a lot too. For all this, I was willing — happy — to take on the medical care that she may need sooner than other cats. In cat years, Gracie is late middle-aged. Here is the thing: so am I. And I think we both still have a lot to give.
Of course, special needs animals are only adoptable if our community will adopt them. We can do the pre-adoption medical work, we can promote the heck out of them, but at the end of the day, it is only you who can provide them a home. And when you do give them a home, it really isn't the animal that's special, it's you.