Adopt a Senior Pet Month

It is sad but true that our pets don't live long enough. Whether a 17 year old siamese, or a 7 year old great dane, their death comes long before we are ready to let them go. Perhaps this is why dogs and cats seem to live in the moment-their lives are short and they are willing to grab joy whenever it is available. Every meal is greatly anticipated and wildly appreciated. Every walk is special. Every new day is the best day ever, because its a day spent with their best friend. The difference between a youngster and a senior pet isn't in the daily amount of joy, just in the number of possible days. They are all happy to share that joy with us, the humans lucky enough to own them.

When it comes time to bring a new pet home, people usually choose to adopt a younger pet. Puppies and kittens have a high cuteness factor, and young adults have had time to polish their sad looks and people skils. So, the older ones get left behind.   Its unfortunate, because seniors have a lot to bring to a new home. With age comes wisdom-seniors generally know the housetraining or litterbox drill and are familiar with the idea of “house rules”. A senior doesn’t need the constant monitoring that a youngster or young adult needs. They are not likely to eat furniture or climb up curtains-that’s for the younger crowd. Seniors are also more laid back and ready to be couch potatoes. They generally have less need or desire for exercise, so are a good choice if you don’t really enjoy taking long walks, every day, regardless of the weather. In an already hectic house, they may even add an air of calm. Seniors have already been around the block, and know a good human when they see one. With their wider range of experience, they find it easy to ignore distraction and focus on the important thing in life-their human. Older dogs are often much more interested in cuddling.

Most important, adopting an older pet saves a life.  They have as much love to give as the younger ones, and just need the chance to show it. Speaking of her senior dog, one adopter said “As good a life as we gave her, she gave us back even more.”

For consideration, the senior pets of Helping Strays: