Not all special needs cats find caring foster parents willing to do whatever they need to care for them, however. In a survey, Petfinder discovered that 99 percent of shelters and rescue groups house pets who are deemed "less adoptable." Additionally, these animals often have to wait up to four times as long as others to get adopted. Survey respondents indicated that "pets with special needs" were the hardest to get adopted, led only by "senior pets" and "pit bull type dogs."
"I encourage everyone to foster, specifically special needs or senior animals who may be passed over," Dixon said. "These animals can have a great quality of life with a little human assistance. Olive continues to surprise me with what she is able to do daily. Never underestimate an animal's ability to persevere."
Dixon created a YouCaring page to raise money for Olive's surgery, which vets recommended take place as soon as possible. With support from all over, Philly Kitty has managed to raise enough money to cover the surgery, but the rescue is still just a bit short of covering Olive's (necessary) post-op treatment.