With the holidays just around the corner, a lot of people entertain the idea of getting a new pet during this time of year. And while the idea of a new puppy or kitten is exciting, consider being a hero this November and rehoming a senior pet from a shelter! It’s a sad reality that these wonderful senior babies are often the last to be adopted from shelters. However, November is nation Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness.
What Makes An Older Pet Awesome?
Older pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, often content with a more relaxing day to day routine. As we all know, puppies and kittens, though incredibly fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into more mischief when they get bored. 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 come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much more seamless than for puppies or kittens. Senior pets are oftentimes already familiar with basic commands and training. The great news is that 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
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 do not require the same level of exercise and stimulation as a younger pet. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy. With senior pets, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior pets’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family. Even things like their size, energy level, and health status are already established so you know what to expect with your new pet.
Saving their life may save yours!
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. The list can go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for seniors to be adopted, you’re saving a life.