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National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is an important reminder that there are many senior dogs and cats in shelters and with rescue groups that are waiting for a good home. People looking to adopt a pet often choose younger ones while passing the older ones by. However, adopting a senior pet comes with some wonderful benefits.

Already Trained

Senior pets are more likely to have gone through obedience training and house training earlier in life. This means that you could be bringing home a cat that already knows how to use the litter box or a dog that knows how to obey verbal commands. Instead of having to spend time and effort training your new pet, you can enjoy each other’s company.

Calmer and More Relaxed

If you’re looking for a pet with a lower energy level, senior pets are a great option. Younger dogs and cats are typically full of energy, which can make them hard to deal with at times. Rather than having to clean up after a mischievous kitten or chase after a curious and clumsy puppy, you can relax with your new senior pet at your side or on your lap.

Plenty of Affection and Appreciation

Senior pets tend to get passed over in favor of younger pets. When someone comes along and offers them a loving home, these older pets seem to know how fortunate they are. Senior pets are known for being highly affectionate and grateful toward people who adopt them, making them perfect pet companions.

No Big Surprises

In terms of size and temperament, what you see is what you get when it comes to senior pets. When you adopt an older pet, they’re already fully grown and their temperament is steady and predictable. That means you don’t have to worry about adopting a small puppy that turns into a much bigger dog than you expected or bringing home a friendly kitten that ends up being more aloof as an adult cat.

If you plan to adopt a senior pet, keep an open mind. Senior pets end up in shelters for many reasons through no fault of their own, such as when their family moves or an elderly owner can no longer care for them. When you adopt an older pet, you’re choosing a devoted companion with a lot of affection to offer.

Comments (2)

  • Diane Baum on Nov 29, 2023

    Many years ago, I adopted a senior mix Maltese. She was so overweight, her owner passed and no one could take her in. She bonded to me right away and came at a time when I needed the exercise, as I just had a knee replaced and who better to go on slow walks than an older, obese dog? In just a few months, she dropped 15 pounds! Sadly though, carrying all that weight for so long ruptured a disc in her spine and the better alternative was euthanasia, as she could no longer walk. Older dogs just seem to know, you gave them one more chance! So…“do that thing today!”

  • Arden on Jan 04, 2019

    My husband and I adopted a senior dog – 7 years old – and we LOVE him. He is the biggest dear heart, so sweet and cuddly. And already house trained and crate trained and command trained. He bonded with us right away too. I hope someday adopting senior dogs will not have such a silly stigma. I feel like it should be the other way around. Puppies are such hard work lol!

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