ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH
When the weather turns chilly, Adopt a Senior Pet Month reminds us some four-legged friends need a family, too. In November, consider making a home for an older furry pet during Adopt a Senior Pet Month.
While the wriggly puppies and kittens make us smile with delight, you’d be surprised how well an older animal might fit into your lifestyle. Often, they have mellowed and lost some of their toddler energy. They don’t need the extra attention a puppy or kitten would require. If they need training, it is only specific to your home and routine.
There may be some adjustment with an older animal. Like humans, they may be set in their ways. But, in most cases, their history is known, and they can be easily matched with the right family or individual. So, if you are looking for a new companion, don’t overlook an older animal. You may be ignoring a loyal pet with a lot of life left in her.
Things to consider might be whether the fur baby has medical needs or requires a lot of space. Did he or she come from a home with children or other pets? If any of this information affects your adoption, you will need to reconsider.
Keep in mind the lifespan of many healthy dogs extends into their upper teens depending on their breed. When it comes to cats, it can be a little harder to predict. Since their lifespan ranges 10-15 years, those nine lives may not last as long as we thought. Even so, with good veterinarian care, you and your senior cat can enjoy many happy years together.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you are looking for a new pet, adopt an older one.
The ASPCA and petfinder.com founded Adopt a Senior Pet Month to improve the perception of senior pets as quality animals for adoptions. They are just as, and sometimes, more adoptable than younger animals. Consider adopting an older animal when you look into adopting this year.