November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. A month that is dedicated to helping older cats and dogs find loving homes. Senior dogs and cats make amazing family pets and are perfect for people who like to live life at a slower pace. They will show you how to relax and enjoy each moment. Senior pets are often overlooked because of their age, but they have so much to offer.
There are so many benefits to adopting an older pet. Most already know all the basic commands and do not require training. They are house-trained or litter-trained, so it saves you the time, stress and countless rugs ruined by accidents. It is clear what their size and personality are. Instead of wondering if the tiny kitten will be more independent or a lap cat, a senior cat’s personality will be obvious.
“What you see is what you get,” Joplin Humane Society Shelter Services Manager Connie Andrews tells KOAM-TV. “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.”
While there may be some extra visits to the vet to ensure that the senior is in good health, it is worth the time and money. Senior pets deserve to live out their lives in a loving home. You can be a hero just by adopting a gentle soul and showing them the love they deserve.
Lysa Boston, Shelter Manager says, “People need to consider senior pets.” She goes on to say, “You are truly saving a life that someone else turned away from.”
If you are considering adopting, think about adding a wise senior pet to your family. Check out a few available senior pets from around the country below. Adopt don’t shop!
Oscar– A 12-year-old little old man. He is a Pomeranian mix that loves people. “He follows his foster mom through the house and adores being with his human. When he meets her at the door its with a toothless grin and his entire back end is shaking with excitement.” This cuddle bug is looking for a loving home with or without other pets.
Raggedy-Anne– A long haired domestic female that loves dogs and cats. Life has not been easy for this sweet cat. She just wants a quiet home of her own. Click her name to learn more about adopting her.
Ginger– An older lady but you wouldn’t know it. She still loves to play and enjoys other dogs. “I love the other dogs so you know I’m not a grouchy old lady. I’m sweet, neat and very special.” Ginger is a mixed breed that is looking for a loving home to enjoy her golden years.
What are you waiting for?! Head to your local shelter and adopt a senior pet. It will be one of the best decisions you ever made.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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