Usually when people think about adopting a pet from a shelter they think of puppies or kittens. All too often, the sweet older dogs and cats are simply overlooked in favor for the younger animals. November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month which helps put the spotlights on these seemingly forgotten pets.
However, senior pets can be some of the most wonderful and loving companions. People tend to underestimate the fullness you can get when you open your heart to an older pet. And there are actually a whole of benefits too!
- Older pets are fully developed
When it comes to senior pets, what you see is what you get. Their coats are already fully developed and they are also fully grown. This means you’ll already know what to expect about food requirements and grooming. Plus, you’ll have a much better idea about their personality, so gauging their temperament will be much easier.
- They aren’t as much work to train
What else is easier is that older pets don’t need as much. Most of the time they are already housebroken or litter trained. Plus they know what it is to “listen” to humans. More than that, they don’t need as much supervision either. Because they are more laid back, they don’t get bored or feel the need to explore as much. Meaning they don’t get into trouble as much as puppies or kittens do.
- They are usually very loving
A lot of times senior pets are rescued from sad or solitary lives. Or sometimes they have been a part of a loving home at one point or another, but for some reason they have been displaced. And now they have been living on the streets and truly appreciate being taken in and cared for. Either way they have lived enough life to know that finding people to love important.
- They need a loving home
Since puppies and kittens are usually the first to find homes in a shelter senior pets need homes more urgently. Shelters can not be their forever home and sadly for them, time is running out faster than if they were babies.
Thinking about adopting a senior pet? Check out this list of shelters in the Snohomish County area. Or contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction. If you skip over older pets when you’re considering adoption, you may be missing out on one of the greatest loves, so give a senior pet a chance!
Squirrel, pictured in the above left, is an example of how young and vibrant an old dog can be. We almost didn’t believe her age! She is actually a senior dog, not puppy, despite her cute looks. Her wonderful foster mom uses Tailored Pet Services for potty breaks, and our staff got to see just how much she loves chasing her ball and being with people. Please share this with anyone who wants to adopt a pet, or would benefit from having a loving senior pup in their home. To adopt Squirrel, contact Old Dog Haven about her status or check out any of their adoptable fosters on their website.