November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

Senior pets and those with medical needs are by far the hardest pets to rehome, hands down. A lot of that has to do with the idea that they’ll be more work or that they’ll be too old to train if need be, propped up by the false adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The old tricks part is definitely not true, but animals with medical needs can come with more time and responsibility. That does not mean they’re not worth every moment or penny spent on them.

Adopt a Senior Pet

Since November is the official month dedicated to raising awareness for adopting senior pets, we wanted to help spread the word about the fact that these animals are every bit as lovable, warm, and friendly as animals with fewer years behind them. Senior dogs are probably the best fit for older adults that might be looking for a less active pet to be their companion animal. They love a good snuggle while enjoying movie nights and often don’t require as much exercise and stimulation as younger animals.

senior golden retriever
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Young at Heart

It’s important to remember that just because an animal is labeled a senior doesn’t mean they’re not still young at heart. There’s a big difference between an animal that’s 8 and one that’s 18, but they’re both worthy of love. But it’s important to choose one of an age and temperament that matches your pace and lifestyle. This can easily be accomplished by consulting with a rescue or shelter that has had time to observe the animals and know their habits, likes, dislikes, and limitations. These facilities want to match the pet with a forever home that is a strong fit in order to cut down on unnecessary returns.

senior cat
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Know Your Limitations

That’s why it’s equally important that you share with them your expectations and desires upfront so that there are no misunderstandings. They’ll also be able to tell you how well they get along with other household pets or children, in case you already have animals in your home or the grandkids are frequent visitors. If you do have dogs, they encourage you to bring them along for the meet and greet to ensure the canine you’re considering is right for everyone involved.

senior black lab
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Senior Pets Rock

The message here is don’t pass on an animal just because it’s gotten a little bit long in the tooth or because there’s a touch of snow on the chimney or roof. These preconceived notions keep thousands of pets from getting to spend their golden years warming the hearth or the foot of your bed, and they can keep you from experiencing the pure joy and love that they could be bringing into your life as well.

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