Have you ever seen someone strolling along with an older dog on a leash? What did you see? We bet you saw a happy pup enjoying some fresh air and sun! Sure, the dog might be walking a little slower. He might have a little limp. His fur might be a little gray or white. But you can tell by the wag of his tail he’s still having a wonderful time, especially since he gets to spend it with his humans. Senior dogs and cats sometimes get overlooked when it comes to adoption because people are drawn to the cute little puppies and kittens. Plus some think older pets will pose more health issues, require more care, and won’t live as long. We’d like to correct a few assumptions, especially in light of it being Adopt A Senior Pet Month!
Shelters often struggle to have senior pets adopted because of the above reasons, and yes, there might be some considerations to take. Older pets may not be as rowdy and rambunctious, sure. They may sleep a bit more, and some can have medical issues that need taking care of (but this is possible for pets of any age, really). Think about it, though. What would adopting a senior pet mean?
They’d already be trained. If you want to add a furry friend to the family and don’t have the time to train a puppy, an older dog is a wonderful option! You can also see their personalities in full action, rather than wondering what they’ll be like when they grow up. There are fewer surprises this way, and a better chance that you’ll mesh well with your new friend.
And, of course, senior pets are no less capable of showing love and affection than young ones! They will accept you with an open heart, just as you have done so in return. So the next time you’re looking to adopt, think about skipping the puppies and kittens and ask to see the older dogs and cats. You might be surprised by what you find.
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