Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pet


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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pet


Baby animals are fun, cute and a lot of work to train and integrate into your family. They’re easier to place in homes than their older friends. According to Petfinder, 24% of shelters say older pets are harder to place. While older pets might not be quite as cute as their younger counterparts, all babies grow up. Below are five reasons you should consider adopting a senior pet.

Know what you’re getting


Senior pets have already grown into their personalities. Most senior pets end up in shelters because their owners have passed away, or moved into accommodation that doesn’t accept pets. In most cases, the shelter will be able to give you a full history on a senior pet, including what they like, dislike and general temperament. This makes it far easier to determine if they are a right fit for your family and will get along with any other pets you might have.

Less training


Older domestic animals generally understand household etiquette. They’ll know how to use a litter box and that chewing your shoes is a no-no. They’ve had experience of living with others and are more likely to adjust to life in your home faster than a younger pet. If you’re considering adopting a dog, you’ll get to skip the destructive puppy phase and accidents on the kitchen floor will be minimal as they’ll already know they need to head outside to answer their call of nature. They’ll still enjoy a walk but you may need to pay more attention to their need for comfort.

A Companion


Dogs really can be your best friend. Older pets have left their energetic, toddler years behind and are often calmer companions that are happy to snuggle and enjoy your company without the constant pestering for walks or games of fetch. While older pets still need to be exercised, their energy levels are a little more serene; meaning both the owner and pet can comfortably relax in your home.   

Quick learners


Despite the saying “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” senior dogs actually have longer concentration spans and are able to learn new things faster than younger dogs. A few short training sessions over a period of three to four weeks can be enough to teach older dogs something new. Some might not even need treats for training, simple praise and affection can be enough.

Save a life


One of the most important reasons to adopt a senior pet is to save their life. Because baby animals are often more desirable (despite the added work, years of training and conditioning to mold them into the perfect pet for your family), older pets are more likely to be euthanized if a shelter is becoming over crowded. Simply put, older dogs and cats have a lower chance of surviving in a shelter than puppies and kittens. If you choose to save a senior pet’s life through adoption, they’ll repay you multiple times over with the love, loyalty and calm companionship they bring to your life.

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