On the fence? We have compelling reasons that may change your mind
Defy the Odds
Senior dogs spend almost four times longer in shelters or on adoption websites. Many never find homes. When you adopt a senior pet, you save them from almost certain death. All animals – no matter their age – deserve another chance at a happy, comfortable life.
They Already Know the Basics
Older pets become collateral damage when there’s a drastic change in a family’s situation – relocating abroad, a family member’s death, or a new residence that doesn’t allow pets. What does this mean for you? The chances are that your senior pet already knows basic commands and how to walk on a leash. They’re familiar with litterboxes and come housebroken – perfect for first-time pet parents.
Older pets have seen and done it all, almost. Their puppy or kitten years are far behind them – meaning they already have well-rounded, developed personalities. It becomes easier to decide whether a pet will be a good fit for the family and vice-versa. What you see is what you get. Fair warning: senior dogs can experience delirious levels of puppy-like happiness when adopted!
Self-Assured and Independent
Senior pets love being by their humans’ side, but they don’t feel the need to be there all the time. They keep themselves gainfully occupied or amused – without destroying stuff around the house. You’ll often find them happily curled up to take a nap or playing contentedly with a favorite toy.
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks?
You absolutely can! Senior pets are quick, eager learners. They adjust easily to new lifestyles and rhythms. Families only need to communicate it through training. Contrary to popular perception, older dogs don’t just lie down all day. Barring any medical conditions, they can hike, play, run, and jump like their younger selves.
So Much Love to Give
They may be older but it doesn’t mean they have any less affection and cuddles to give you. Give a mature four-legged friend a home and get love back in leaps and bounds!