Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is a truly wonderful cause, and one that we are more than happy to help promote. Older animals have lots of love to give, and have some wonderful qualities that make them terrific pets! Here, a Shawnee, KS vet lists some great reasons to consider adopting a senior pet.

Sweet Disposition

Animals often develop a very sweet, loving temperament as they age. This is one of the things that makes senior pets so lovable and pleasant to be around. Dogs and cats in their golden years often just want to be petted and snuggled!

Lower Activity Needs

Senior pets don’t need as much exercise or supervision as their younger counterparts. This makes them a great match for people who aren’t quite up to running after a frisky puppy or kitten.

Prior Education

One great thing about adopting older pets is that they are typically already trained. For dog owners, getting a pooch that is already housetrained is a huge plus! And as for senior cats, they generally already know how to use a litterbox.

Less Mischief

Our furry friends tend to slow down as they age. Instead of chasing squirrels or scratching up your couch, your new pet may be perfectly happy to just nap in the sun, beg for treats and ear scritches, and/or curl up on your lap or at your feet for a nap.

Shorter Commitment

When you adopt a kitten or puppy, you’re signing on for well over a decade of pet parenting. Because senior pets don’t have that much time left, they can be a great choice for people who aren’t ready to make such a long-term commitment.

Save A Life

Older pets often face very tough odds when it comes to getting adopted, as they are often overlooked in favor of puppies and kittens. Sadly, many adoptable senior pets have been abandoned by their former owners, which makes their situation even more heartbreaking. Giving one of these lovable pets a good retirement is a wonderful act of kindness, and one you may find very rewarding. Senior dogs and cats are full of tail wags, purrs, and cuddles, and are just as cute and lovable as baby animals!

Do you have questions about senior pet care? We can help! Contact us, your Shawnee, KS animal hospital, today!

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