Ever wonder what pets are getting homes now?
Though many shelters have seen a rise in adoptions since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there are still many, many pets that need good homes. And, some pets have a harder time being adopted than others.
Senior pets are among those left behind.
We all understand why people want puppies and kittens; they’re cute and they’ll be around a long time.
Senior pets have a lot of love to give, however, and can be perfect for many a family.
Shelters and rescues love to see people willing to consider a senior pet for adoption. These older animals are so often overlooked, and those working at these adoption centers know just how much love those senior cats and dogs have to give and want to see them get what they deserve, too. In many cases, they see these wonderful furry friends miss their chance time and time again.
Senior pets often stay in shelters the longest before finding a forever home, if they find one at all. They are at much higher risk of euthanasia at kill shelters, or may live out their lives in their kennels. All this makes it so important to consider senior pets for adoption if you’re looking for a new friend.
There are benefits to adopting a senior pet.
Senior pets are often easier to care for than young pets. Puppies, kittens and other young pets need a lot of care and energy to go into training so that they can become a positive addition to your family. If you consider a senior pet, you could easily find one that is already trained, calm and ready to be your easygoing best friend. Senior pets are usually calmer, and despite what you may have heard, you can teach them new tricks. You’ll be surprised at how many already know most of what you want them to know. This also makes them great for children; many are pros at keeping calm with an energetic child.
With no housetraining to worry about — or at least minimal house training as any new pet may need some time to adjust, no matter how old — you can spend more time loving your animal than training it. Plus, it’s nice to know that you’re making an older pet’s final years great ones.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. So, contact your local shelters and adoptions centers and ask about their senior pets. And no matter what, always bring your pets to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We’re here to help make your pet’s life a long, healthy one.