November is known for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What a lot of people don’t know is that it is also adopt a senior pet month.
As Christmas creeps up day by day a lot of families drop off older dogs during the last few weeks of November to make room for the newly purchased Christmas puppies. Puppies are great but there is a lot of benefits to adopting a senior dog such as:
- Grown-up pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
- Many are already house trained and don’t have rambunctious puppy/kitten energy.
- Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.
- Senior dogs often know they have been saved and are extremely grateful.
- Fast Learners. Who said you can’t teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks clearly never had an adult pet. Animals, especially dogs, are masters at pleasing their masters. They learn quickly because it’s to their benefit to do so.
It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia. While there may be some extra visits to the vet to ensure that the senior is in good health, it is worth the time and money. Senior pets deserve to live out their lives in a loving home. You can be a hero just by adopting a gentle soul and showing them the love they deserve.
One of the most satisfying and touching aspects of adopting an older pet is that they tend to be
very grateful to be back in a home. Many older pets who have ended up in shelters have gone from a “safe and happy home with beloved humans” to “loud and noisy shelter with many strangers” literally overnight, and watching them deal with these bewildering circumstances is very difficult. No matter how loving and caring the shelter staff and volunteers, it’s still not a real home. When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.
Even if you aren’t adopting a pet remember that local animal shelters are always in need of donations. Blankets, dog/puppy food, cat/kitten food, bowls, even just volunteering your time can make a huge impact on a furry friends life!