Extra Special Pets

All pets are wonderful for their own unique reasons, but some have a little something that makes them extra special. Every May 3rd, we celebrate these pets on National Specially-Abled Pets Day. Formerly “Disabled Pets Day”, this holiday was renamed in 2006 to something that was a little more fitting for these amazing animals.

One very notable and very cute specially-abled pets is Albert. He’s an 8-year-old, shih tzu-poodle mix living in Connecticut with his brothers and sisters. Oh, and Albert just happens to be in a wheelchair. After being hit by a car as a puppy, he lost the ability to use his back legs. But that certainly doesn’t slow him down.

Albert loves running around and playing with his brother Norman on the beach. Albert is always playing fetch and going in the water, not skipping a beat.

Not even stairs can stop this persistent pup. Albert knows where he’s going and he doesn’t let anything or anyone hold him back.

Albert’s family is always advocating for specially-abled pets like him. When these pups get stuck in shelters, it can be very difficult for them to find a furever home. But Albert just goes to show that these special pets can have just as much, if not more, personality than any other pet in that shelter.

Besides Albert, the family also happens to have another specially-abled pet: a one-eyed cat named Lulu. She’s a beautiful orange tabby that pulls off the pirate look better than any other cat I’ve ever seen.

So this May 3rd, celebrate all the specially-abled pets in your life. If you don’t have any, feel free to celebrate Albert and Lulu. I’m sure they’d gladly accept all the extra attention. And the next time you’re looking for a new furry friend, why not give one of these extra special pets a furever, loving home.

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Sarah Cookson

Writer/Dog Enthusiast living in New York City. Only goes to parties in hopes there will be a dog there to hang out with. Her resolutions for 2017 were to eat healthier and pet more pups. Bet you can guess which one she stuck with.

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