Christmas is coming, and if you’re scouring the local animal shelters for a four-legged pet to adopt, don’t forget the golden oldies!
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, where shelters and rescues across the country are hoping those looking to adopt a new furry friend will consider adding a senior pet to the family. While small kittens and puppies may be adorable, older pets are just as loving.
Adopting a senior animal companion provides you with some fun advantages:
Many are already housetrained. You don’t need to worry about leaving your house for long periods of time and worry about them damaging your house. Chances are they’ve had their time, and they are just waiting for you until you get home.
They have impeccable manners. Many grown-up pets, have spent years living with a family and have adapted life with humans. They may have have been trained to respond to commands like sit, stay, and down.
Senior Pets Are Great Company For the elderly. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting and pleasant. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘up there’ in age, and they certainly don’t mind hearing the same stories repeatedly and are content to move through life at a slower speed.
You can teach an old pet new tricks: Older pets are more attentive and more eager to please their owners. In replacement for a quiet night in and a cuddle
Older pets are not necessarily “problem pets” as many tend to think. Senior pets lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behaviour. However, it’s more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a pet wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, and various other lifestyle changes. These pets need homes just as badly.
You can be a hero for a dog or cat: Of course, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart and home to an elderly pet. Doing a good deed makes you feel equally as good.
They are the most difficult group of homeless pets to place . Senior pets tend to spend the longest amount of time at a shelter before finding their forever home — if they ever find one. Older canines and felines have higher euthanasia rates and can often live the rest of their lives out in a shelter kennel.
So next time you’re at an animal shelter, browsing for your newest addition to your family, spare a thought for the oldies.