Advice and Tips for Adopting Senior Aged Pets
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Advice and Tips for Adopting Senior Aged Pets

Most people adopting a new pet always look for the cute little puppies and kitties. What about the older pets that have several good years ahead of them . . . with no one to love and be loved . . .

If you are looking to adopt another new pet to add to your family, don’t forget such places as the numerous rescue organizations. Many of those orphaned dogs and cats are seniors who are very deserving of love and a home. There are so many orphaned dogs in shelters that are just hoping and waiting for the right family to come along. Of course, before you go to adopt a new pet, you have some major decisions to make. What age dog, what size, do you want a very laid back dog that is good with children, an active dog or one that just lays and cuddles?

When it comes to age, most people opt for the adorable little puppies and young dogs. That is great as they sure do need a loving home and companionship. We unfortunately pass by the senior dogs. Most feel they are not “worth the money” because their life span is shorter. But there can be many benefits to a more mature dog as well . . . and they deserve to find loving homes too, don’t you think? Don’t they deserve a good quality of life for their remaining years?

There can be many reasons an older dog(s) can end up in a shelter. Maybe there previous owner has passed on and there is no one else to take the dog (very sad). The previous family has lost their job, home or is moving to a new home not allowing a dog. Maybe there is an illness or a divorce in the family and the dog is given up either because of the expense of caring for it or “it is in the way” and given up. There are many unfortunate situations where the family pet is actually given up which I am sure in most cases is very difficult.

Adopting a senior pet has its perks. The dog is already housebroken and in majority of the cases a very loving companion with a predictable temperament. These dogs that were used to a family situation before getting displaced, are perfect for a new family that wants a dog to love and be loved. A senior dog could be the perfect companion for a senior citizen. No need to go through housebreaking the new buddy and the exercise and activity levels of these dogs are lower than that of a younger dog.

There are other benefits to adopting an older dog besides the housebreaking issues such as no problems with teething, older dogs are more focused and mellow. They comprehend what “no” really means, they can easily settle in to their new environment, loaded with lots of love as your new adoptee is so grateful for the second chance you have given it. Because of their age, they do not make as many demands on you as a puppy would and they are accustomed to human schedules and sleep well at night. The senior dog makes a great companion.

If you are looking to add a new member to your family, give great consideration to saving the life of a senior aging dog. Your love and companionship will be so greatly appreciated and returned unconditionally.


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Great article. Senior animals get the short end of the stick when it comes to being adopted. Happy Holidays Susan.

older dogs are great for people who have lots of love but maybe not as much energy as a younger dog needs