Have You Thought About a Senior Pet?

It’s easy to understand why people fall head of heals for those cute little puppies and kittens that are up for adoption, although they require a great deal of commitment as they grow up. Shelters have a harder time finding homes for senior pets, even though they still have plenty to offer to the perfect family.

If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, here are some reasons why you should consider a senior pet.

What you see is what you get. The great thing about a senior pet is that they are fully matured, which means they have fully formed demeanour, temperament, and personality.

They are not always a “problem dog”. Especially senior pets can be brought to the shelter for a variety of reasons, including; allergies, the death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule or just doesn’t want the pet anymore. Give every dog a chance and take the time to know them all.

They tend to be calmer. Senior pets still require regular exercise and quality playtime, although they will also enjoy cuddling up with you on the couch. They have experience being part of a family. Senior pets that were once in a family home may understand the basic household etiquette and may have an easier time settling in as a member of your family.

Easier to teach an old dog new tricks. Your senior pet might already be housebroken and familiar with basic commands, although if needed, they tend to be calmer and have better attention spans, making them easier to train.

Senior pets need loving homes too! Often Overlooked, senior pets are wonderful animals and seem to understand the second chance you’ve given them and form a very special bond with your family.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT