Senior Pets have lots of advantages if you are thinking of adopting a new pet.
They are not going to wear you or your patience out nearly as quickly as a new puppy or kitten. They are likely to be super happy to just sit by your side or on your lap and enjoy your love and affection without a lot of barking or jumping or clawing.
They’ve already been trained! NO puppy pads, or midnight madness!
Dr. Becker from HealthyPets.com wrote out 10 great reasons:
12 Great Reasons to Open Your Heart to a Senior Pet
- Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.
- They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.
- Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
- Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.
You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
- What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
- You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
- You can custom order your senior pet. If you’re looking for a short-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adoptive dog to get along with cats, again, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptive dog who is a perfect companion for your family.
- You can adopt a purebred pet if you want. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.
- Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
- Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
- Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
- You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
Blog Paws has put together this infographic of ways to celebrate senior pets including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. Don’t forget about horses either.. in Franktown Colorado, the Harmony Equine Center may have a wonderful senior horse you can adopt for a song compared to the costs associated with buying an equine for your acreage.
The advantages of having a senior pet are many but one that you know will make you a hero in their eyes forever…. you saved them from a life languishing away in a shelter… scared, alone, afraid and not sure of what the next day will bring.
Looking for senior pets? Visit our Shelter page to locate one in your area or visit Pet Harbor. Their system pulls in pets from all across the nation.. you can just look for that photo that reaches out and grabs you… that’s the one!