“Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.” – Bennie Wilcox
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Senior animals, despite often being overlooked in shelters, make for some of the best companions. You may be asking yourself, why would I want a senior pet over a puppy or kitten? Well, there are several reasons to take home an older dog or cat!
When you choose to adopt a senior dog or cat, you already know what you’re getting. The surprises that can come with puppies and kittens, like how big they will get or their temperament, aren’t there with seniors. When you know the pets personality and traits, you are more likely to end up with a pet that fits in perfectly with your family!
Another great thing about seniors? They are older and wiser! Many of them already have a few tricks up their sleeve. They also are more likely to mind their manners. Younger pets require lots and lots of training. Whereas seniors have often learned how to behave in a home. Older cats most likely use the litter box and older dogs are often housebroken.
Seniors are also more relaxed at home. They don’t have the constant need for attention and play that puppies and kittens do. If you have a busy schedule, a senior pet that wants to snuggle up with you at the end of a long day may just be the best thing to happen to you. But don’t count seniors out for activity! Older pets still love to play. Senior dogs still want to going on walks and taking in the sights and smells. Older cats still love to run after toys and enjoy an afternoon of catnip.
Like us, learning is a lifelong process for dogs and cats. Old dogs can learn new tricks! Plus, they have a longer attention span than younger dogs so teaching them new things can be easier and less frustrating for everyone.
Senior pets also have a special superpower- they seem to understand they were given a home by a caring person when no one else would. This superpower helps them form a close bond very quickly. Senior pets often show special attention and devotion to their new owners.
These seniors need you, but you will quickly realize that you need them just as much! So if you’re considering a new addition to your home, it’s time to think about a senior pet. You can help save each other!