November is Adopt a Senior Month. Many older animals once had a family and home where they were loved. Senior animals lose their homes for many reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more often due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wears off; allergies; death of a guardian; a new baby is born; loss of a job; a move; change in work schedule; and various other lifestyle changes. Whatever the reason they were given up or abandoned, they are in need of a home and make loyal and loving companions just like younger animals.
There can be many advantages is choosing a senior animal when you are looking to add a pet to your home. First you know exactly what your are getting when it comes to size, breed, color, type of fur and any other physical characteristics.
Older animals tend to be calmer and less destructive. Senior dogs and cats usually have the basics down and aren’t full of excess energy. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together. Animals can be trained at any age and older animals are just as smart as younger ones. Older animals often have a greater attention span than a younger animals which can make them easier to train.
Senior pets can make perfect companions for senior humans. They can help reduce stress and provide wonderful companionship.
Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals. Next time you are looking for a new pet, consider a senior animal.