At FCVC we love senior pets—that’s why we are thrilled that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family, consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need.

These adorable senior dogs are available within a 35 mile radius of Johnstown, choosing “senior” under age – found using the Adopt-a-Pet search widget.

 

Senior Pets Have Trouble Finding Homes

While small kittens and puppies may be adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:

  • Grown-up pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already house-trained.
  • Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.

It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia. When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.

“Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn’t chew or scratch everything in sight — a pet who will love you unconditionally,” said Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com’s Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations. “That’s what you get when you adopt a senior pet.”

The Benefits Of Adopting Senior Pets

Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems, but according to Hazel Blumberg-McKee of Tallahassee, FL, there are no disadvantages. “In most cases they’ve had a home and they want one again.” She adopted eight-and-a-half-year old Sadie, and has never regretted it. “An older animal is easier to deal with. And Sadie is still playful. She plays fetch and gallops all over the place.”

At animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere, there are loving, healthy senior pets like Sadie, looking for that one special home to cherish them for the rest of their life, and they don’t ask for much: just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love.

There are plenty of benefits to selecting an older pet over a younger one. Because senior pets are typically calmer and less energetic than puppies and kittens, it’s easier to teach them new tricks. In fact, many senior pets are already pros at performing basic commands. Their low-key natures can also make them ideal for households with children.

These adorable senior cats are available within a 35 mile radius of Johnstown, choosing “senior” under age – found using the Adopt-a-Pet search widget.

Senior Pets Are Easier To Handle

What some adopters of younger pets are unprepared for is what hard work it can be to housetrain a new puppy or kitten. You have to spend copious amounts of time training a new puppy to do their business outdoors or teach a kitten to remember where the litter box is. But older pets have often come to the shelter after years of living in a home, so they are usually already housetrained, saving you from weeks, months, or in some cases even years of stress.

Understanding the personality of an animal is key to finding the perfect match for your family and for that homeless pet. While young puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities, you’ll know right away whether a senior dog is a snuggle-bug or a senior cat is more of an independent spirit.

“What you see is what you get,” explains Joplin Humane Society Shelter Services Manager Connie Andrews. “Senior pets take out the guess work about how big a dog will get, what the kitten’s personality will be like when it grows up, or how much energy that puppy will have as an adult.”

What Do You Get When You Adopt A Senior Pet?

Adopters who add a senior pet to the family often get an entirely different level of satisfaction from the adoption experience, says Boston.

“You are truly saving a life that someone else turned away from,” she explains. “Senior pets have so much love and compassion still to share, and they make the most amazing companions.”

Bringing an older pet home from the shelter or rescue can have its own unique challenges, Boston admits. Sometimes, because the pet is at an advanced age, there can be some extra health issues to consider.

“Owning a senior pet is not necessarily ‘cheap,’” Boston explains. “They need regular vet care to insure that they keep their good health, and may need dental care and preventative vet care like blood work.”

But that, by no means, should deter someone from adopting a senior pet, Boston says. Depending on breed, lifestyle, and existing health issues, a senior dog or cat can still have plenty of healthy and happy years to give as your loving companion.

Senior Pet Adopters Don’t Regret It

Apparently, once an adopter goes senior, many say they would never go back to adopting a young whippersnapper. Senior pets make some of the most grateful adoptees, Shelter Manager of the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor, PA, Heather Hennessey, tells Mainline Media News.

“When an adopter comes along to take them in and give them comfort in their later years, they’re so grateful they treat you like a hero,” Hennessey says of senior dogs and cats.

Are you interested in adopting a senior dog or cat in honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month? During Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, take the opportunity to get acquainted with the older pets available at nearby shelters and rescue facilities. If you like you can take advantage of our Adopt-A-Pet widget located on our home page or at Adopt-A-Pet.com.

We realize that we do beat this drum quite a bit during the year – and there is a good reason why – there are over 17 MILLION pets in shelters in the USA. Won’t you help? The next time you consider getting a pet – please think about adopting a Senior Pet.

Related articles you may find interesting – Awareness: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week and Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet 4 Love

Attribution – Dogtime.com, PetFinder.com and ASPCA.org
Photos – Adopt-A-Pet.com