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Senior pets have a lot to give, most are trained, housebroken and full of love !!

.Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet

   Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Many potential pet parents go to their local shelter in the hopes of finding the perfect puppy or kitten to add to their family. I mean, who can resist their adorableness? While they may be cute, fluffy and fun, there are equally good reasons to bypass the puppies and kittens and adopt a senior pet (seniors are considered to be five years and older).

Here are nine reasons to give those senior pets at the shelter a second look:

  • What you see is what you get. Older animals have developed their personality and temperament, and are fully grown


  • Seniors make instant companions. Sure, they need a little time to settle in and get accustom to their new home, but since they’ve had a family before you, they’re ready to embrace a new one with devotion and love.


  • Senior pets often represent the highest at-risk percentage of pets in shelters, meaning their chances of being euthanized are higher than that of younger animals. Adopting a senior pet means you are saving a life.


  • Most senior pets are already house trained, know some common training commands, have already passed the chewing phase, and are quick learners.


  • Caring for a senior pet can be less work than caring for a young pet as they enjoy having time to themselves and enjoy a good night’s sleep.


  • Senior pets have a calm, cool and collected manner and are often happy and content with a more relaxed day-to-day routine than a kitten or puppy.


  • Just because an older pet is in the shelter doesn’t mean he’s a “problem pet.” Often times, seniors wind up in shelters due to their owner going through a job loss, move, illness or even death.


  • Senior pets often have a much more relaxed attitude than a young pet and don’t require constant attention. Of course, they do still require a serious commitment to their care and well-being, but they don’t need as much focus and energy as a puppy or a kitten.


  • Welcoming a senior pet to your family will give you the heartwarming knowledge that he will live out his golden years with the care, love and attention he deserves.


Senior pets still have plenty of life in them and limitless love to share. If you choose to welcome a senior pet to your family, you can rest assured you’ll experience their appreciation, you’ll develop a strong bond, and you’ll have the fulfillment of knowing you gave a senior a second chance at life.



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