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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

The Joys of Adopting a Senior Pet

Adopting a senior pet can bring a rewarding, happy experience to you. Read our blog about all that a senior pet has to offer.

An older, wiser pet can be amazing to adopt. They have so much love to give and adopting one can be a heartwarming journey. We have outlined just a few of the many advantages senior pets have to offer.

First off, let’s define a “senior”. These are pets that are at least 7 years old and older. These wise companions have a lot to give, even if they have slowed down a bit.

Why adopt a senior dog?

Skip the training phase.

Senior dogs are usually already trained. They just need to be shown where the door is to be potty trained. They can already have an understanding of most commands. If not you can always sign up for a refresher course and work with dog training services. Yes, they have great life experiences. No more messy puppy stage.

Known temperament

With a senior dog you see what you get. Their personalities are already developed. You can see if they are a good fit for you. You don’t have to guess until they grow up.

Predictable size

A senior dog will already have growing out of the way. You will see the size, coat, and coloring that you will be getting. No guessing at a puppy's full grown size.

Less active

If you adopt an older dog, you will have a pet with fewer exercise needs. You’ll get a lower energy level and a more mellow pooch.

Grateful companions

A senior dog is grateful for a second chance.  They form special bonds with their new owner. They show appreciation with lots of tail wags and snuggles.

Why adopt a senior cat

Improve adoption rates

Senior cats are adopted at a much lower rate than kittens or younger cats. Rescuing a senior cat can give a sweet older cat a home that might not happen otherwise.

Predictable personalities

Just like senior dogs, an older cat has a known personality and energy level. You will better know how a senior cat will mesh with your lifestyle than with a younger cat or kitten.

Less active

While a senior feline may still enjoy toys and play sessions, they are just as apt to have slowed down. Since their energy is not at such a frenzied pace, they enjoy cuddling on your lap or snoozing on the couch.

Don’t overlook all the benefits that a senior pet has to offer.  The life you save will be a rewarding experience for you and your new pet.




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