We all know that puppies and kittens are almost irresistible with their big eyes and playful ways. But that cuddly little bundle of fur with the boundless energy can also be a lot of work. If you or someone you know is looking to add a furry family member to the household, this is a perfect time to consider a adopting senior pet. Senior pets have their own special appeal, and there are some great benefits to adopting a senior pet:
- You know exactly what you’re getting. There are no surprises about how large the dog will grow to be. Also, because the senior pet’s personality is already formed, it’s easier to select a pet with a temperament to match your needs, whether you’re looking for an outgoing, active dog or a couch potato to watch TV with you.
- They’re already trained. You can skip the time-consuming potty training period and just start enjoying your mellow older pet, and senior pets are past that difficult stage where they chew, scratch or climb on everything.
- They are great companions. Senior pets have been around, and are grateful to have found a new home. They still have lots of love to give and make some of the most loyal and affectionate pets. While still playful, senior pets are much more laid back than a puppy or kitten.
- Seniors and senior pets are a perfect match. The very elderly often crave the companionship of a pet, but worry about what may happen to a young puppy or kitten in 10 or 20 years if they are no longer there or unable to physically care for the pet. An older dog or cat provides all the love and companionship of a younger pet without the decades-long time commitment.
Senior pets are often overlooked in the shelter and are usually the very last to be adopted, so by choosing to adopt an older pet, you can save a life. Don’t think of senior pets as older, just consider them well seasoned!