Why You Should Adopt A Senior Pet

Why You Should Adopt A Senior Pet

Aliyah Johnson, Writer

It is officially Adopt an Old Pet month.

Old pets are rarely adopted because who would want an old pet? Honestly, I would love to have an old pet. Not one of those newborn puppies. Those are way too happy and will slobber all over you. They’ll also poop and pee everywhere. Then you have to train them, now that’s probably the hardest part ever. Old dogs are already trained.  They won’t bite our shoes or clothes up like teething puppies do,; they know to use their chew toys. They just want someone to love and cuddle, so why can’t we give them that much love? 

When you adopt a senior pet, you’re giving them an opportunity to feel loved, have a nice home to live in, and feel like they belong. Senior pets go to shelters if their owners die or if they just don’t want them any more. “At Huntsville Animal Services, senior dogs and cats are often the last to be adopted even though they are the most gentle and settled of shelter pets needing a loving home.” 

When you get a senior pet, there may be vet bills associated with old age, but it’s a trade off because senior pets probably have all of their shots and neutering/spaying already. 

Old pets that stay in the adoption center for too long will end up being put down. Old canines need a home and love as well, so why do we keep rejecting them?