Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? While the holidays are in full swing, it is important to remember the senior pets who do not have homes of their own. Many senior animals end up in shelters due to their age or health issues, such as losing sight or hearing, or incontinence. Other senior animals may not be experiencing any health issues, but must be surrendered due to their owner’s inability to continue caring for them. Senior animals that end up in shelters, rescues, SPCA’s, or humane societies usually face the highest rate of euthanasia due to the difficulty in placing them with new homes.
When looking to add a new pet to your family, keep in mind the many benefits of owning a senior pet! Older animals already know their manners, and are generally less demanding than a brand-new puppy or kitten. With senior pets, you can skip the house training and go straight to enjoying your new companion. Senior pets are also more easy-going, which makes them gentle enough to be around young children or older adults. If there is a very specific breed or type of pet that you are looking for, many breed- specific rescues usually have older pets who have been waiting for homes.
The benefits of adopting a senior pet don’t stop there- there are also many benefits for the new owner! Besides saving a life and enjoying the love and devotion of your new pet, you will also be saving money and helping to eradicate puppy mills. Having a pet also improves your health and can make you happier. Studies show that having a pet can elongate your life, help with depression, anxiety, stress and other common ailments. Walking a pet allows you to stick to a regular exercise routine, and can be a social activity as well. If you are planning on adopting a pet this holiday season, consider adding a senior pet to your family!