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Why Adopt A Senior Pet?
Top Reasons to Adopt an Older Pet
While adopting a puppy, baby bunny, or kitten often sounds exciting, there is often more than meets the eye and a lot to consider. A puppy or kitten is not necessarily ideal for everyone’s lifestyle. Here are some things to consider when adopting an older pet.
1. One word: housebroken. Replacing soiled furniture and carpets can come with a hefty price tag.
2. Barking, howling, digging, nipping, scratching, jumping. Need we say more? Obedience training is not cheap! Older pets have usually learned acceptable behaviors and don’t engage in those that are not.
3. Older pets have already gone through the “teething stage” so you won’t spend money replacing belongings that have been turned into new chew toys. Kittens are still learning how to use—and not use—their claws. Especially for households with young children, this can be difficult.
4. Older pets require less time and energy. Give them some quality time each day, but not your entire day. They are usually content to curl with you and snuggle in for a long nap.
5. Their behavior and personality is predictable. You usually know what you’re getting when you adopt, giving you a much better chance of finding the right match.
6. You will sleep through the night. If you move your foot—even a centimeter—under the cover, kittens often think it’s play time and pounce! Puppies will often require that you get up and take them out for a walk to relieve themselves.
7. You will be saving a life. Older animals are often victims of circumstances beyond their control. Their human parents may have died or been placed in nursing homes. They could have been part of a military family now assigned overseas. Their families may have moved and not wanted the “bother” of taking them along. A new and exciting puppy or kitten may have come along to take their place. Whatever the case may be, older animals often finds themselves living without a permanent family for reasons beyond their control, but you can change all that.
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“When we adopted Herschel, he was already neutered and litter box trained. One of the benefits of adopting older pets is that they are easier to handle. The bond between animal and human grows quicker. Herschel had a tough life and we wanted to show him that he could still live the "good" life. Although Hershel was an older rabbit, we didn't have any concerns adopting him. We wanted to give him a second chance at a long and happy life. It was a win-win for everyone and we are all very happy!” –Diane Dinenberg
“Tori’s the perfect dog for me—her demeanor was just what I was looking for. I adopted her when she was five. I have been a dog owner my entire life and she is the second dog I have adopted that is older. I have found older dogs to be quite appreciative and to that end, more loyal—they do understand what you have done for them. At this stage in my life, I don’t have time for the demands that come with a puppy so an older dog just makes sense. Tori is a great gentle Roti—she came right ‘out of the box’ and was ready to go—no muss, no fuss! Older dogs are just easy, plain and simple.” –Gary Watkins
“There are lots of rewards in adopting an older dog. We adopted Java when she was eight and she gives us unconditional love. She settled in to our home like she had been born here. Especially if you are older, it is easier to take in an older dog. It’s easier to leave them for a few hours and they are also housebroken. If it's a lab over three, the chewing has usually stopped. In addition to benefiting us, it is great for the dog. It’s more difficult to find homes for older dogs. Java has always been well-behaved and doesn't jump up on the couch (at least when we're home!), but she still has some puppy in her and loves her toys. ” -Jayne and Dave Dick