Senior pets are typically the last to be adopted and are usually the first to be euthanized in any shelter. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month to encourage those who desire to adopt a cat or dog to consider older pets instead of overlooking them. There are plenty of reasons why you should choose a senior pet.
As you look around the shelter, you will have fewer selections of puppies or kittens because they typically get adopted first. The older cat and dog usually get passed up, but there is no reason to ignore the obvious as they can give just as much love. The senior pet is calmer than puppies and they give just as much love. By adopting an older pet you will not be surprised over their size as they are fully grown. There are other benefits to consider when deciding on adopting.
- There are fewer messes on the floor and furniture as they are already trained to go outside or use the litterbox.
- No chewed up furniture or shoes as an older pet isn't teething
- They are more relaxed and will not jump all over you
There are other reasons to choose an older pet from an adoption shelter even though young and old pets need homes just the same. Older dogs and cats have less time available in crowded shelters especially if they are categorized as unadoptable due to their age and condition. Some of the most loving pets can be in their teens already and will be very thankful to you to be in a safe environment with one on one love and attention. They make great instant companions.
Senior female cats and dogs tend to be adopted even less than male. They are all spayed and neutered pets upon adoption and it should not matter what sex the animal is as they can all provide the same companionship. Senior dogs and cats, regardless of gender, make great pets just like any puppy or kitten.
When you decide to make the big step in adopting a pet, hopefully you will think twice about overlooking a senior pet. Take into consideration what all they can provide you as much as what you can provide them. They make ideal pets and are anxiously waiting to find their new home. You can be their hero and provide them with joy and happiness for the rest of their life.