Adopt a Senior Pet Month


Austin Minor, Writer

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Adopting an older pet may save its life. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted promptly. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger pets. Older pets are calmer and less energetic than younger pets.

Here are some benefits and advantages senior pets have over younger pets. Older pets are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult pet has graduated from the baby phase and has established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it can fit in your household. Studies show that older pets have an easier time making friends. You don’t have to worry about training or learning pet’s likes or dislikes.

Senior pets are great for first-time pet owners. Most people say a younger dog is the better option. The senior pets are because they already know the basic commands and things they need to do. Older pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase social interaction and physical activity. These pets provide other intangibles, too.

Senior pets are generally harder to place than their counterparts, but that doesn’t make them less special. When you adopt an adult or senior, you’re giving a second chance to a pet that might change your home and life for the better. Older pets are easier going with fewer exercise needs. They have fewer bad habits to break or unlearn. The previous owner may have instructed them with basic commands. 

So, adopting an older pet might not be the worst decision. You can adopt pets of all ages from places like Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF), A New Leash on Life, The Ark, Huntsville Animal Shelter, and Greater Huntsville Humane Society. If you can’t adopt a pet, consider donating to shelters like Old Friends Senior Sanctuary