With two weeks until the end of the month, many may not know November is “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month,” and a reminder that when considering adding a new dog (or cat) to your life or family, remember love knows no age.
In a recent petfinder.com survey, shelters and rescue group members reported that older pets have the hardest time finding homes. It’s a sad reality that these great animals are often the last to be adopted from shelters. Deeming November as Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month it is hoped, with the public’s help, adoption rate throughout November will improve for older pets by spreading awareness about how great senior pets can be.
The benefits to adopting a more mature companion—because while their faces ma; although they may be gray, their hearts are pure gold:
What you see is what you get: Older dogs (and cats) are open books—their personalities are already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is the right fit for you. Even matters like size, energy level, and health status are already established so it’s known exactly what to expect with your new pet.
Calm, Cool and Collected: Older pets are generally calmer than puppies and kittens, and often content with a more relaxing day-to to-day routine. Typically, puppies and kittens, though very fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into mischief when they get bored.
Family Friendly: The low-key, mellow nature of older pets makes them a great fit for households with children. Before ending up in shelters, senior pets often came from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for puppies or kittens.
It’s not a full-time job. Adult pets are past the puppy (and kitten) phase that often requires an extensive commitment of time and energy. This is definitely a bonus for families with young kids and busy professionals.
With age comes wisdom: A senior pet is more likely to come housetrained, and may also already
know basic commands and manners. Even if they’re not, they are much easier to train than younger animals. Their experience around humans, along with more established physical and mental abilities, allow them to better understand the requested commands and pick up new tasks much faster than puppies or kittens.
Old dog, new tricks. An old dog CAN be taught new trick. Older pets CAN learn new things and are great at focusing on their human, and on the task at hand because they’re calmer than youngsters.
Commitment Issues: Senior pets don’t require as much daily activity and are perfectly happy snuggled up with their human or alone on the couch. Unlike young pets, senior pets are not a 24-7 commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the time and commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Because of their relaxing lifestyle, senior dogs also don’t require the constant attention and exercise that comes with young pets. Mature companion pets will settle in quickly and make themselves right at home. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy.
Adopting a senior pet is not a less serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one. If you’re not sure where you’ll be in 10 years, or if you too are approaching your golden years, consider adopting a senior pet because it will be provided a loving home to live out its later years.
Great for 1st-time pet owners: Adopting a senior pet is a great option for first-time pet owner because he or she is a ready-made companion and are every bit as loving and loyal as a younger pet.
Instant love: Story after story suggests that senior pets are especially grateful for their new home. They seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior pet.
Want to help a senior dog find its next forever home? Here are some things you can do:
· E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
· Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month. (On Twitter, add the hashtag #PFseniorpets.)
· Adopt a senior pet for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.
Check websites of shelters and rescues in your area. There are great opportunities and discounts offered to those adopting a senior pet during the month of November.
Denver Dumb Friends League: To help its more mature adoptable pets find happy homes, the Dumb Friends League is waiving the adoption fee for dogs 5 years and older, as well as all cats 1 year and older, through the entire month of November. All cat and dog adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip identification implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. The standard adoption screening process still applies during all waived fee promotions. For more information on the Dumb Friends League at visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.
Foothills Animal Shelter: Is offering throughout the month of November, a flat $25. Adoption fee for any dogs over 7 years of age.
Max Fund Shelter: Any cat over 7 years of age may be adopted for only $15 during the month of November
The list could go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, a life is truly being saver. On behalf of all the shelters and senior pets out there, thank you for that.
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