Lovable, loyal, and always adorable, senior pets are as wonderful as their younger furry friends– and, yet, they still remain the least likely to get adopted. In fact, due to low adoption rates for senior pets, old dogs and cats have higher euthanasia rates, or even live out their lives in shelter kennels. Luckily, there’s a movement to change that, and November is a Adopt a Senior Pet Month, sponsored by the ASPCA. Now is the time for folks to spread awareness and educate others on the beauty of adopting a senior pet. Remember, age is but a number!
If you’re looking to adopt a senior pet, here are 5 things to keep in mind:
- Senior Pets Are Calmer
If you’ve ever had a puppy or a kitten, you know they are pure balls of energy! Every second is a new adventure with them and it takes a lot of running around and play time before they actually decide to settle down. Senior pets are often calmer and quieter, and they make great companions for senior citizens too. If you’re looking for a calm, gentle pet, you might enjoy the company of an older animal.
- Senior Pets Are Typically Trained
Older cats and dogs are often already housebroken and can easily adapt to a new home. Many older pets are left in shelters by those who can no longer care for them, whatever the reason may be. Even if they are not trained in every aspect, the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” simply is not true! With a bit of patience and encouragement, your senior pet will be rivaling the youngsters!
- Senior Pets Are Extremely Gracious
Older cats and dogs sit in shelters, watching as young pups and kittens have all the fun and attention. Most of these older pets have had lives outside of the kennel; they know what they’re missing out on. So, when someone takes the time to give them a second chance, these pets are incredibly grateful and happy. No older pet wants to live out their golden years amongst a bunch of yippy puppies!
- Senior Pets May Require Extra Pet Insurance
While it’s not always true that older pets come with more frequent vet visits and higher bills, it’s wise to invest in a pet insurance plan just in case. Older pets are more prone to injuries and it’s your responsibility to care for them and make sure they receive proper treatment.
If you have the oppawtunity to adopt a senior dog or cat, definitely take it! Don’t dwell on the fact that your new furry friend may not have as many years as a young pup or kitten; you never know what the future may hold for them! Every pet, no matter the age, deserves a loving home rather than living life in a shelter. There are also plenty of senior pet sanctuaries around the country; find one nearby and see how you can help! Together, we can save them all!