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November has been declared as Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month

Many people walk into a humane society looking for a puppy or kitten, not a senior pet. But for senior pets, they spend the longest amount of time in a shelter waiting for a family to love them and to give them a home to live out their golden years. To bring awareness to the public about senior pets that are overlooked in shelters and how great they can be, November has been declared as Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month. For a pet to be a senior, they must be at least seven years old, but the smaller the size, the later in life they are known as a senior. The benefits of adopting a senior pet far outweigh the minuses.

Puppies and kittens have a ton of energy, something that pet parents, especially first time ones, may not take into consideration. They require constant attention and monitoring, whereas a senior pet would have no problem being by themselves more often. They are past the troublesome destroy phase, where pet parents may find shoes, blankets and blinds chewed or shredded to bits! A mellow nature makes senior pets a great choice for families with children or senior citizens who are looking for a low key temperament. For senior citizens and senior pets especially, having each other can be a great comfort doing every day tasks at a slower speed.

Before ending up in shelters, senior pets probably came from some sort of family life, and can therefore adjust more quickly to a new home than younger pets. Another advantage of adopting a senior pet is that they are already house trained and most likely know basic commands and other tricks. If they don’t, it is much easier to teach them than puppies or kittens since they are more attentive than their younger counterparts. Senior pets also offer no surprises as far as personality. What you see is what you get. While younger pets are still developing, senior pets already have a unique character making it easy to decide if they will fit well with a family or future pet parent.

Despite the fact that bringing home a senior pet can bring up a unique set of challenges, anyone who has had the pleasure of the experience often says that they will continue to adopt senior pets. Some humane societies offer incentives for people who are looking to adopt a senior pet such as no cost or low adoption fees for a pet over a certain age, and when acquaintances come to visit a home they may also be inspired to volunteer, foster or adopt senior pets themselves. If families are looking for a specific kind of breed, there are many resources that can help them find an older purebred pet in need of a home.

There are many heartwarming stories that show how senior pets can change when they are with their new families. Likewise, any senior pet parent will say that they notice an extra special bond with their pet when they come home, almost like the pets know that they have been rescued and that they are safe. When a family decides to open their hearts and homes to a senior pet, it is a step in the right direction to save a life and bring awareness to the difficulty of others waiting for their families.