May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day

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National Specially Abled Pets Day

Not every pet is perfect, but as pet owners we believe that the imperfections of the creatures are what makes them unique and amazing. A specially-abled pet is one with physical or mental disability to varying degrees. Some of the inabilities include a missing limb or eye, hearing and vision impairment, deformities, and behavioral issues related to past trauma. These issues get overlooked in shelters across the country or when an individual decides to take care of them. Notably, such pets are celebrated on National specially-abled pets day on May 3rd each year.

History of National Specially-Abled Pets Day

Colleen Paige founded the national Specially-abled Pets Day in 2006. It was formerly known as Disabled Pets Day, but she felt the need to change the name, saying it held too much negative connotation, yet the pets can do a lot despite their disabilities. Notably, this day is celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd, annually, encouraging people to adopt these creatures and set aside a special time to appreciate them. Therefore, it shines a spotlight on pets with incapacities by showing they can play, love, and live happy lives. Thus, this day is ideal for creating an atmosphere of acceptance and support for heroic pets with special needs.

Millions of animals are put down in shelters every year because they have special needs, and they are perceived as cost-prohibitive. Therefore, this annual day creates attention for them showing they need loving homes as much as other pets. In this event, some animal organizations volunteer to educate the public about caring for disabled pets. Animal lovers are encouraged to consider choosing disabled pets by adopting a new furry friend as a family member. While owning these beautiful pets, you are thrilled to celebrate this national holiday and show them they deserve love as regular animals.

How to take part in celebrating National Specially-Abled Pets Day

Individuals celebrate the May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day in different ways, which include:

  • Adopt a specially-abled pet in your home. Also, learn more about it from the pet parent to gain insight and ideas of rearing the animal. If you already have a pet with special needs, consider doing various things, such as buying it a gift or taking it for a walk, and make the pet feel appreciated.
  • Directly involve yourself during this day by volunteering your time at a shelter where pets with disabilities are taken care of by individuals. Take pictures while holding them and post online encouraging people to adopt and love these pets.
  • Another example of taking part in this celebration is offering financial aid. You can donate to animal organizations of pets with special needs and assist in covering their medical bills.

Fun Facts about specially-abled pets

  • Dogs with hearing impairment still respond to sign languages and tend to bark less
  • Pets with missing legs are energetic, and in most cases, they are more playful than those with four paws.
  • A visually impaired furry friend have outstanding senses of smell, touching, and hearing that guide it around the house
  • Adopting a specially-abled pet is a great lesson for children in developing empathy and love towards animals

On May 3rd every year, always remember to celebrate the specially-abled pets. You can decide to own one of them or volunteer to take care of the furry friends during this day. Also, if you have an interesting story about a pet with a special need, share it via social media platforms or sites that promote this day.

Important Information

National Specially-Abled Dog Day

Finding forever Homes for Special Dogs

Official Website

Specially Abled Pets


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