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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pet

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, an idea we heartily support.
Yes, kittens and puppies are always going to be the most popular options for those seeking a new pet and the advantages are many – the cuteness factor, longer lifespan, and playfulness, to name a few.
But older pets carry a whole different set of advantages and may be an ideal fit for you. Consider the following:
 
  1. You’ll be a hero. It’s far easier for shelters to adopt out puppies and kittens, but older animals sometimes languish there for long periods of time – if they’re not euthanized first. It’s a great feeling to help an animal in need.
  2. Maybe it’s anecdotal evidence, but older pets rescued from a shelter seem to be grateful for the second chance.
  3. Not that cost should be a deciding factor, but shelters usually charge less to adopt an older dog or cat.
  4. Older pets tend to be calmer and are already trained. If you’re an older person yourself, you might not have the energy and patience to train a rambunctious animal.
  5. Older pets also have established personalities. With puppies and kittens, there’s no telling what they turn into. With a mature dog or cat, what you see is what you’re going to get.
  6. Just because an older animal was in a shelter doesn’t mean it was a problem child. Perhaps its owner died or became incapacitated. Maybe the owner had to move and couldn’t take the pet along. Some people relinquish pets when allergies develop.
  7. Older pets aren’t necessarily unhealthy. Plenty of pets live healthy lives well into their teens – and even as much as 20 for some cats. Cats and dogs are considered “senior” as early as age seven or eight but have plenty of healthy years to go.
  8. Believe it or not, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Some say it’s actually easier to do so because an older dog is likely to have a better attention span.
So, if you’re thinking about adopting a new pet, don’t automatically assume an older animal isn’t a good fit. You just might make your furever love connection.
 
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  1. Adopting a Senior pet isn’t a bad idea. As humans need love, so do animals. So age shouldn’t matter, just give shelter to needy ones and have a happy time with them!

    They give you the best company and help you forget your stress.

  2. Senior pets are incredible & deserve to have a home. They were all puppies once too, and they still have that puppy feeling inside them. We recently said goodbye to our senior pup 2 years ago, it’s very hard to get through, but their love is so worth it. It’s the price we pay for having their unconditional love.

  3. I love this! It makes me want to go to a shelter and adopt an older dog right now. And everything you said was really true as well. Having established personalities, a longer attention span, and the fact that they are often already trained are all great, true points. Thank you for the great article, well written!

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