We’ve talked about why you should adopt a dog and why you should adopt a cat, but do you know why your family should adopt a senior pet? Well, here are just a few reasons why:
1. A senior pet may seem content in the shelter, but they want a new home just as much as any other pet there!
2. A senior pet is just as cute, cuddly, warm, and loveable as any other pet.
3. Just because they are older, doesn’t mean they have a long list of problems. People bring pets to shelters for many different reasons. If there are any issues you need to be aware of, you will know before the adoption. A shelter provides full examinations on their pets, so you will know exactly what medical condition the pet is in.
4. Speaking of full examinations, this will save you a lot of money! Shelters will already have most vaccinations and operations paid for. This includes spaying/neutering!
5. Senior pets typically don’t need a whole lot of training. They already know most basic commands, are housebroken, and well-behaved. Plus, if the pet has already experienced being around kids or other pets, he/she will be a perfect match for your family!
6. You can always teach a pet new tricks and commands! A pet can learn new things at any age.
7. They don’t require constant monitoring. Puppies need 24/7 surveillance or else they might chew on furniture, pee on the floor, or dig up the garden. Most likely, a senior pet already knows how to behave.
8. Senior pets are also less energetic than puppies. An older pet prefers lounging around the house more than playing every second of the day. If a calmer pet fits your lifestyle better than an energizer puppy, then a senior pet is the way to go!
9. They quickly adapt to a new home. After being in a shelter, senior pets are ready to settle in with a loving family!
10. You will be a hero. You can save a senior pet’s life. Some shelters are overcrowded and they need to make room for other pets. This often means a shelter has to euthanize older pets who are not being adopted. In addition to saving your pet, you could also save another pet! A different pet can take your adopted pet’s place in the shelter, giving that pet a chance to be adopted too!
I rest my case. Save a life, save yourself some money, save some time not having to worry about a puppy tearing up your home, and go adopt a senior pet now!