Adopting an animal is a personal experience, and most families enter the process with preconceived ideas about what type of animal they want to adopt. While it’s fair to outline qualities you would like in an animal – some homes mandate smaller dogs or cats, while other families are looking for an active dog to accompany their adventures – we encourage families to come in with a relatively open mind.
In the adoption process, families are introduced to adoptable animals and wait for the “spark.” But that magic moment sometimes takes time, and if you’re limiting the animals you will consider adopting, you might be missing out on the perfect animal for your family.
One criterion that many families use to eliminate animals from their list of potential animals is age. Families with young children often look for puppies or kittens that will grow old alongside their children. While that desire is understandable, many senior pets are the perfect companion they’re looking for.
Have you considered adopting a senior pet? Some of our senior pet adoptions are some of the most heartwarming and impactful adoptions we see. Here are three reasons you should consider adopting a senior pet.
If you’ve ever walked a puppy or played with a kitten, you know that you often tire of the activity before they do. Young dogs and cats have much more energy than their older companions, which means they require more careful attention and playtime. If you’re looking for a lounging companion that likes an occasional walk or a quick game of fetch, a senior pet might be more up your alley!
Puppies and kittens can be fun. But house training accidents, chewed shoes or stolen snacks are part of the territory. In most instances, older dogs are already housebroken and have gone through general manners training. Many older cats have settled and moved past their mischievous ways. When you adopt an older animal, you get all of the perks of a well-trained animal without having to actually do the training! Even still, if you have training preferences, you can still work with your animal and a trainer to curb specific behaviors. Most animals are teachable, even into their older years.
Whether the animal you’re adopting is five, eight or 10 years old, you’re providing years of companionship and love to the animal’s life. Many of the animals that enter our shelter were previously loved, but either had to be surrendered or found themselves lost and stray. They deserve to be loved and cared for again – even if that care is for the last four or five years of their life.