Most often, when we think about adding a furry friend to our family, we think of a puppy or kitten. However, there are also thousands of senior pets that are surrendered to shelters each year–through no fault of their own. Relocation, financial issues, and many other reasons unrelated to the pet, can lead a family to give up their furry family member. Here are some reasons why you might want consider adding a senior pet to your family:
Older pets have usually been through the potty training routine already. They know what they are supposed to do and where they are supposed to do it. It can depend on the situation, but adopting a healthy, mature pet can often lead to fewer cleanups!
Knows The Ropes
Many older pets have already been taught basic commands. Their previous families may have taught to sit, stay and shake! If a pet has already lived the family life, it won't take long for them to adapt to your house and way of life.
A dog of any age will need exercise and a few good walks a day, but a grown dog will likely not need the marathon style walks that a puppy requires to work out their energy. This means less running around for you and more snuggle time on the couch!
Less Likely To Be Adopted
Senior pets make up the bulk of the 1.2 million animals euthanized in shelters every year and they are much less likely to be adopted than young puppies and kittens. With overcrowding in shelters, you may be saving the life of an older dog or cat by sharing your home with them.
- "Senior Shelter Dogs are Finally Getting the Love They Deserve," www.thedodo.com
Written by Jessica Zalecki, licensed veterinary technician for 10 years and lover of furry friends big and small.