Why adopt an Older pet?
Older pets have manners.
Unlike puppies/kittens, many grown-up pets have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.
Senior pets are less destructive.
Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.
What you see is what you get.
A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
Senior pets are great company for senior citizens.
Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
Older pets are relaxing to hang out with.
Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness.
Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat.
Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
Spotty & Buzzy grew up together in the same home until their owner died and they were surrendered. They were both 10 years old. We were lucky enough to get the adopted together!
10 year old Dachshund mix. Adopted 6/2017