Senior pets are high on the list of hard to adopt animals for the very simple reason that most people want a puppy or kitten. And we get it; puppies and kittens are extremely adorable, fluffy and fun. BUT, so are senior pets!

Many senior animals that are in shelters today at one point lived in a family home; and for one reason or another –their owner passed away, moved, or no longer wanted the responsibility, these pets were surrendered or dumped at a shelter. There are many benefits to adopting a senior pet, but here are just 10 to get started.

  1. Many of these animals, more specifically dogs, already have manners. As many of these pets were previously owned they likely have received some degree of training. Many dogs know basic commands, are house trained, and can be left alone at home without the fear of destroying something. Cats won’t be climbing the curtains or digging in plants.
  2. Many of these pets are well past the “search and destroy” phase, happy to spend their days snoozing, basking in the sun or relaxing by your side.
  3. There aren’t going to be any surprises in terms of what your pet might become. They are already full grown, you know their size, color, coat type, and in most cases their temperament.
  4. You most definitely CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Older dogs may be more attentive than puppies, can still be enrolled in obedience classes and are eager to please.
  5. You can find exactly what you’re looking for. Does your new pet need to be good with other animals? Children? High or lower energy? Short haired? No problem, most of these attributes will be known in an older pet.
  6. You can still adopt a pure bred. Today there are many rescue organizations that are dedicated to one type of breed.
  7. Senior pets can be good companions for senior citizens.
  8. They are happy to just relax- depending on your lifestyle, you might find a dog that doesn’t need as much vigorous exercise as a younger pup.
  9. They will be grateful. Senior pets seem to know and appreciate that they’ve been given a second chance to spend their golden years in a warm and loving home.
  10. You’re saving a life.

So if you’re thinking of adopting a pet, consider a senior or at least an animal over the age of 5. There are many benefits to adopting a senior pet, they have lots of love left to give and deserve to spend their golden years, however many or few, in a warm and loving home.

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