November is Adopt a Senior Pet month and if you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, it could be the perfect time to consider adopting an older dog or cat. While it’s easy to fall in love with the cute, playful personality of a puppy or a kitten, there are many advantages to adding a pet in the prime of its life to your family.
Reasons to consider adopting a senior pet
- Their personality has already developed. When it comes to cats, any cat owner knows they have definite personality traits, likes and dislikes. The same can be said for dogs. With a senior pet, you know exactly what their personality is like and how they’re likely to fit into your family for the long term. Do they like to cuddle? Or are they more independent? A senior pet’s personality traits have already been established so there likely won’t be any surprises when you get your new pet home.
- They may already be trained or be easier to train. Depending on their background, a senior dog may already be trained to go to the bathroom outside or a cat in its litter box. He or she may even know some basic commands, making training easier for you.
- They could be a good fit for someone with a slower lifestyle. If you’re interested in getting a pet but you’re used to a slow pace, or you don’t have the time or energy to spend countless hours on training, walking, and visiting the dog park, a senior pet could be for you. With their high-energy days likely behind them, an older pet could match your pace quite nicely.
- Older dogs make great companions. Unlike a puppy, who might need leash training, socialization, etc. an older dog is likely ready to go for a long walk and play fetch with you at the park. An older dog can make a great loyal companion, friend and snuggle buddy.
- You can feel good about giving an older pet a good home to grow old in. Sometimes the background of a pet is known, sometimes it isn’t but one thing is for sure, older pets deserve a good home where they can happily live out the rest of their days. You can feel good about providing that for them.