Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital, Covington, Louisiana
November is national adopt a senior pet month which is a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes. Shelters along with rescues across the country hope those looking to adopt will consider adding a senior pet to their family this month. Many people walk into a shelter hoping to adopt a new puppy or kitten while overlooking the adoptable older dogs and cats in kennels and cages. Senior pets tend to spend the longest amount of time at shelters or rescues before finding their forever homes, that's if they find one at all. Canines and felines of older age have higher euthanasia rates than younger animals. There are benefits to selecting an older pet here are a few; they are typically calmer and less energetic than puppies and kittens and it's easier to teach them new tricks. In fact many senior pets already know basic commands. Their low-key natures can make them ideal for households with children. Many people find themselves unprepared for the energy and needs of a young pet while senior pets are less demanding and usually fit in well with many kinds of households. Understanding the personality of an animal is key to finding the perfect match for your family and for that homeless pet. While puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities, you will know right away whether a senior pet is a cuddle bug or a senior cat is more of an independent spirit.
Adopters who add a senior pet to their family often get a different level of satisfaction from the adoption experience. When adopting a senior pet you are saving a life and in return they will show you how grateful they are to you. Bringing an older dog home to a shelter or rescue can have some challenges as well. Some seniors have extra health issues that adopters do need to consider. They will need regular vet care, preventative care, and dental care to stay in good health. Depending on breed, lifestyle, and existing health issues, a senior dog or cat can still have plenty of healthy and happy years to give as your loving companion.