Why you should consider adopting an older pet
Many older animals in shelters often find themselves waiting a long time for their forever homes. Puppies and kittens are typically adopted at higher rates than adult or senior animals.
Although they may sometimes seem less energetic or eager to meet people, senior pets need a home just as badly as younger animals — maybe even more.
The good news? For many people seeking companionship, a senior pet may be a great fit. Read on to find out why a senior pet may be right for you.
Older pets are often calmer and already housebroken
Older pets are typically less rambunctious and destructive than new, untrained puppies or kittens, according to veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker. They are also often already housebroken and can easily adapt to your home. People looking for a gentle pet might enjoy the company of an older animal.
You know what you’re getting
There can be a lot of uncertainty in adopting a puppy, including changes in size, coat or personality. Senior dogs have matured coats and set personalities, and of course, they’re not going to get any bigger.
Some people may be concerned about potential health problems that can accompany a senior pet.
Health issues are an inherent risk with senior pets, but most shelters address pre-existing health issues prior to adoption.
While it isn’t uncommon for dogs to develop health problems as they get older, any issues will usually manifest by adulthood. In other words, you’ll probably know what you’re getting.
Senior pets may be easier for newbies
Older pets may also work well for first-time pet owners. As any pet owner knows, having a pet is a big investment of both time and money. For people who haven’t handled a commitment like that before, it may make sense to adopt a senior pet that is more reliable and independent.
November is #AdoptASeniorPetMonth! To celebrate we’re having an adoption special for all of our amazing seniors over the age of 7. Throughout the month of November, all dogs will be $50 and cats will be $25.
“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pets life the best that they can be”
Portions of this article taken from: https://www.cleartheshelters.com/Benefits-of-Adopting-Senior-Pets-386522941.html
Written by: Mitchell McCluskey