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Why You Should Consider Adopting A Senior Pet

Nov 15, 2013

Posted By: Christine N.; Photo by Michelle Tribe on flickr

Photo by Michelle Tribe on flickr

Have you been considering adopting a new furry friend?  In the spirit of Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, we really believe you should think about adopting an older animal.  Here are some reasons why:

1. You pretty much know what you're getting into.  Senior pets are usually fully developed creatures.  You don't need to guess how big they are going to get and gauge if he/she is right for your situation.

 

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Also, their personalities are set.  It is easier to find that connection, or lack thereof.  Plus, you don't have to deal that awkward, rebellious adolescent phase.  Darn teenagers.  

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Suffice it to say, what you see is what you get.  This information plays a great deal in choosing the pet that is right for you.  Your potential pet will also definitely let you know if you are right for them as well.  If you're not one for surprises, a senior pet is it.

2. Seniors are easier to train.  So, you've heard the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."  False.  First off, seniors have had much more experience in life with humans than youngsters, so they will be better capable at reading you and understanding what you want. Second, since older pets are usually calmer than their younger cohorts, they are excellent at focusing on you and the task at hand.  Squirrel!  

3. They are low-maintenance.  Unlike puppies and kittens, older pets do not require constant surveillance.  This gives you a bit more independence and peace of mind to do your own thing without freaking out about whether your buddy has eaten your home or not.

They are less messy-- often already being house/litter box trained. Your floors and furniture will be thankful for the lack of accidents and utter destruction that often occurs with young animals.  That means you probably won't return to a home that looks and smells like a dive bar restroom.  Hooray!

4. They're easy like Sunday morning.  They're mature.  They know what's up.  Seniors usually settle in to a new environment in no time.  In addition, if you aren't the type that can or desires to run marathons everyday, your senior pet will totally stand by you.  They of course require some exercise, but not as much.  They would be more than happy to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie with you.

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5. They are adorable!  I know, it's hard to resist a tiny puppy or a kitten's baby blue eyes, but older animals are pretty damn cute, too!  I mean, how can you say "no" to an amazingly beautiful curmudgeon like this:

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6. They deserve to be saved.  Many older animals were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home.  They are usually the last ones to get adopted and the first to be euthanized.  By investing in an older pet, you are not only saving its life, but the reward you receive from the animal will be tenfold.

7. Four words: Shadow from Homeward Bound  

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