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November is Senior Pet Month and Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Did you know over 6.5 million pets are turned in to U.S. animal shelters every year, and a large number of those pets are seniors? We can't think of a better way to honor our senior friends this month than opening your home to adopting (or even fostering!) a senior dog or cat. In case you need more convincing, check out our top 7 reasons to adopt a senior pet!
Many senior dogs and cats have learned many life lessons already, so you don't have to worry too much about accidents or chewed-up shoes. However, rescue pets still need extra care and attention, so that doesn't mean accidents won't happen - they just occur less often with senior pets compared to our puppy and kitten companions.
Just like with training, older dogs and cats tend to be more easy-going and don't require as many walks or playtimes as younger pets do. Senior pets are more than happy to just cuddle up on the couch with you! They are also ideal pets for busy families and older people.
All pet owners know that having pets is a commitment of both your time and money. Although pets in all stages of life are a major responsibility, having a more independent pet is likely easier for someone who's never owned their own four-legged friend before.
A lot of surprises and uncertainties come with adopting a puppy or kitten. How will their personality and size change over time? For prospective pet parents who may not be ready for such big changes, a senior pet is the perfect fit. Senior pets are fully grown and have become comfortable in their own personalities. Of course, health issues are a common concern among senior cats and dogs, but shelters are very transparent with potential owners about what kind of medical care their senior friend will need.
Most senior dogs and cats have had years of socialization and are familiar with daily routines. After a few days of settling in, your senior dog will likely get excited when they hear "go outside," or your senior cat might jump right up on your bed with you for cuddles! Senior pets build strong bonds with their owners quickly, and you'll create meaningful memories with your older companion.
Although our older four-legged friends might be "set in their ways," you can still teach an old dog new tricks! Senior pets adjust comfortably to their owner's schedules. So go ahead—bring your dog to the trails with you. They'll more than likely tire out at the same time as you, too!
Senior pets spend nearly four times as long on adoption sites as their younger counterparts. When you adopt a senior dog or cat, you are literally saving a life and also giving them a second chance during their golden years.
If you've rescued a senior pet, share your story with us! We're celebrating our older four-legged companions all month long. ❤️