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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

Here at Good Old Doggie, we love our senior pets. That’s why we are excited to celebrate and support Adopt A Senior Pet Month. Founded by the ASPCA and petfinder.com, the month of November is designated as a time to raise awareness of senior pets as quality, loving, and loyal companions. Petfinder.com shares some of the most compelling reasons to adopt a senior. We couldn’t agree more.

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Older pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, often content with a more relaxing day-to to-day routine.  As we all know, puppies and kittens, though very fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into mischief when they get bored.

Family Friendly

The low-key, mellow nature of older pets makes them a great fit for households with children.  Before ending up in shelters, senior pets often come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for puppies or kittens.

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Senior pets are often already trained and may even be pros at performing basic commands. The great news is that even if they’re not, they are much easier to train than younger animals. Their experience around humans, along with more established physical and mental abilities, allow them to better understand the requested commands and pick up new tasks much faster than puppies or kittens.

Commitment Issues

Unlike young pets, senior pets are not a 24-7 commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the time and commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Because of their relaxing lifestyle, senior dogs they also don’t require the constant attention and exercise that comes with young pets. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy.

What You See is What You Get

With senior pets, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior pets’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family.  Even things like their size, energy level, and health status are already established so you know exactly what to expect with your new pet.

Love

Story after story suggests that senior pets are especially grateful for their new home. They seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior pet.

The list can go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, you are truly saving a life. We, on behalf of all the shelters and senior pets out there, thank you for that.

 

2 thoughts on “November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month!”

  1. Thank you, for scripting such a concise list of the benefits associated with adopting a senior dog. My chihuahua is now 13, and while he has been an ideal companion and pet since he was a baby, I find him to be much more affectionate, and easy going as he ages. We have entered our senior years together, mutually slowing down with the comfort level and loyalty of an old friend. Latte is my best friend. Here’s to seniors!

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