06 Nov Adopt a Senior Pet this Month
Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? While a lot of people like the idea of owning a pet, the idea of committing themselves to a long term – that can sometimes extend as long as 20 years – can be daunting to say the least. But adopting a pet that has already been around a while might make it a little easier for would-be pet owners to take the plunge. And there are more great reasons to own a senior pet. Here are just a few:
- Senior pets have already been through the puppy stage. They are usually much more calm, cool, and collected than their younger counterparts because they have already been there, done that.
- Older pets usually have already grown accustomed to house training. They know to do their business outside or in the litter box without much training.
- The teething stage is over, which means your home will not get as chewed up as it would with a new teething puppy or kitten.
- Older pets have usually already been spayed or neutered and have already had all their shots.
- Senior pets are usually more family-friendly than younger pets.
- You don’t have to worry about how big your pet will get, because he or she has already reached the maximum growth level. You don’t have to worry about buying a bigger crate or different types of food later, because your senior pet will look the same for the rest of his life.
- You really CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Older dogs may already know basic commands like sit and stay. Because they have a more developed brain, they can pick up new tricks much easier than puppies can.
Visit your local shelter to see the senior pets they have ready to be adopted. You might just find the pet you’ve always wanted.