Adopting a Senior Pet

In a perfect world, every senior pet would spend its twilight years surrounded by a loving family. But sadly, senior pets that end up in shelters often do not have the luxury of a second chance. Below are the top 10 reason we believe you should adopt a senior pet.

  • Seniors are Super-Loving. Chances are that when adopting a senior cat or dog, you have rescued a wonderful, loving animal. A senior pet can sense that he or she has been rescued and will be eternally thankful and loyal to his or her new “furever” family.
  • They’re Not a 24-7 Job. Senior pets don’t require the constant monitoring puppies or kittens do. Senior animals are mellow, relaxed and ready for their new home. Most senior pets are happiest sitting at your feet or curled up in their bed next to yours.
  • They Settle in Quickly. Senior animals are “been there, done that” kind of pets. They have already learned what it takes to become a part of the family and what is expected of them. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
  • WYSIWYG (“What you see is what you get.”) Senior pets are full grown and their personalities are completely developed. When you meet with your senior dog or cat, you will know what kind of wonderful, loving animal he or she is and will always be. Knowing this information beforehand ensures the perfect connection, one that will last a lifetime.
  • Fewer Messes. No torn up shoes, carpet, and furniture!
  • Easy to Train. Senior animals can learn new tricks and become valuable family and community members. Senior pets are great at focusing on you and the task at hand. They have both the attention span and the impulse control making them easier to train than their younger counterparts.
  • They Enjoy Easy Livin’. Couch potato, know thyself! Most senior pets do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog or cat does and are satisfied with casual walks, cuddling, and short play time. Many senior pets snooze the day away while you are busy at work and are waiting calmly at the door for you when you return home.
  • Companionship For All. Senior pets make wonderful companions for everyone, from senior citizens to busy, young professionals. Providing a loving home for a senior pet in their golden years is not less of a commitment, but it can be a shorter one for those who crave companionship and worry what may happen in years to come.
  • Stress Reliever. Life today can be very hectic. Studies have shown that animal companionship can decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Senior pets enjoy leisurely walks and gentle play, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on your busiest days.
  • Save A Life. Senior dogs and cats are often overlooked. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies and kittens, they often have a lesser chance of being adopted. Saving a senior pet offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, a reward that you will feel every day you spend together!