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Why Adopt A Senior Pet

If you’re thinking about adopting an animal from a shelter, don’t overlook the older pets. They make great pets too! Many people automatically think of adopting a puppy or kitten. They’re warm, cuddly and cute, but they also require patience and energy to help them become wonderful family members. Older cats and dogs can be as cute and loveable as puppies and kittens, and they often come with many wonderful qualities that puppies and kittens take years to grow into.

Typically, older pets are more difficult to adopt because of misunderstandings about senior animals. Older pets end up in shelters for many different reasons. Those reasons may have little to do with the animals themselves, but rather with their human companions. Reasons may vary and can include a change in residence, a new family member, or allergies. Sometimes it’s simply that the owner no longer wants the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Older animals are often passed up for puppies and kittens, but there are many benefits to adopting an older animal.

• Senior pets are often mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home

• Older pets have manners. Unlike puppies and kittens, adult pets have spent years being socialized to life with humans.

• Senior pets are often already potty trained, which is a huge time commitment when adopting puppies, not to mention damaging to your carpet.

• What you see is what you get. Older pets are open books from the start. You’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. If you’re not into surprises, an older pet is for you!

• Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat because the pet shows them devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.

• You won’t have to worry about puppy and kitten proofing your house and constant training.

• They are past the puppy chewing and destruction stage or the kitten climbing and dive-bombing stage.

• Most senior pets are happiest sitting at your feet or curled up in their bed next to yours.

• You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet.

Bishop Animal Shelter


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