Shelter and rescue groups have reported that older pets have the hardest time finding a home. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, the perfect time to talk about why adopting an older pet can be a great idea! Learn all about why senior pets can make a great addition to your family.
If you have had experience with a new puppy or kitten, you understand the time and responsibility it takes to be able to raise that little one. From making sure you don’t leave something they may try to eat on the floor, to making sure they’re housebroken, taking care of a baby animal can be like a full time job! If you can’t make this commitment but still would love to save an animal, adopting a senior pet may be a great option for you! Older pets are typically already set in their ways and are often content with a more relaxing day to day routine. You likely won’t have to worry so much about them getting into trouble when they get bored. Before ending up in shelters, many older pets often come from a family which makes adjusting to a home environment much easier.
Chances are if you adopt an older pet, they are house broken and are familiar with common commands. Even if they aren’t, their more established mental and physical abilities may make them easier to train that younger animals.
No 24/7 Commitment
Older pets are not a 24/7 commitment like young pets. If you are a first time pet owner, it is likely that you may underestimate the time and commitment it takes to train, housebreak, and make time to exercise and bond with a young pet. Senior dogs don’t require as much constant attention and exercise. Of course you still have to be attentive to any pet you decide to adopt, but an older pet doesn’t require as much energy on your part.
There is no guessing when it comes to older pets. Their personalities are developed and any conditions they may have are likely well known. You also won’t need to be wondering if there will be room in your home for them as they grow larger. Sometimes it is best if there are no surprises, especially for someone who knows exactly what type of dog they are looking for.
This month we are committed to being a voice for senior pets. Even if you do not choose a senior pet please spread awareness about how older pets could make a great pet for the right person or family by sharing this post! Be a voice with us for Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Have you adopted a senior pet? Share their photo with us on our Facebook page!