Many people who decide to adopt a pet often walk into a shelter looking for an enthusiastic puppy or kitten. But the truth is that the majority of cats and dogs found in shelters are “less adoptable” pets, which according to a Petfinder survey wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does – up to two years! In addition, this survey notes the absolute most difficult group of homeless pets to place is older dogs and cats!
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month and shelters and rescues are hoping those looking to adopt a new furry friend will consider adding a senior pet to their family. In order to help pet parents make such an important decision, Furlocity has come up with several things to know when adopting a senior pet.
Adopt an Old Friend and Save a Life - Senior dogs and cats are the last to get adopted at shelters and unfortunately the first to get euthanized, or live out their days in a cage. Pay it forward by rescuing an older four-legged friend. The feeling of saving a life and gaining a new pet will instantly become an everlasting memory.
Make Each Day Count - When you adopt a senior pet, one initial thought may be that the time you share together will be limited. Our philosophy is ‘carpe diem” – every new day is an opportunity to seize the day; make each day count! The privilege of loving a senior cat or dog makes every day special and every moment count. The bond that is forged between pet and pet parent outweighs the moment of separation.
Easy on Everyone - It is said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – but such is not the case. Older pooches are wiser and more easily trained. All those years of experience interacting with humans gives them an edge when learning and adapting to new things. Also, if you are a family with or without children that is looking for a calm, older, mellow pet – this is the perfect time to adopt a new friend.
Understand the Possible Cost Challenges - Owning a senior pet is not necessarily inexpensive as older pets need regular vet care like dental care and preventative blood work, to insure they keep their good health. But that shouldn’t deter you from adopting a senior pet. Depending on breed, lifestyle, and current health issues, a senior dog or cat can still have many healthy and happy years to give as your loving and devoted companion.
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