Looking to adopt a pet? Consider senior pets.
While November is "adopt a senior pet month", it is always a good idea to adopt a senior pet. Senior pets are least likely to be adopted from overcrowded shelters and unfortunately, senior pets are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner.
By adopting a senior pet, you are quite possibly saving it's life.
Why adopt a senior pet?
FAQ's about senior pets
Here are the answers to 3 Frequently Asked Questions about senior pet adoption:
1. Q: When is a pet senior?
A: It varies. However, cats and small dogs are generally considered to be seniors around the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are generally considered seniors when they are approximately 6 years of age.
2. Q: Can I get a purebred senior pet?
A: Yes. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.
3. Q: Will an older pet cost more in vet bills?
A: Veterinary attention and medication are needed at all stages of a pet's life and may or may not be more costly for an older pet. Before you adopt a senior, be sure you get a health report from a veterinarian. That way, if you discover that the animal has a health problem, you can decide if you are able to make the needed financial obligation before making an emotional commitment.
Adopting a pet in need is a win-win situation and getting to know the local adoptees can be lots of fun. Many older pets lose their homes for reasons having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament. Some of these reasons may include death of a guardian, a new baby, a move and various other lifestyle changes.
While no one can deny that puppies and kittens are super cute and playful, many potential pet owners are not really ready to have their lives totally turned upside down as they wait for their fur babies to learn the rules and mature. In the Unites States, senior pets are the least likely to be adopted, yet they have the best manners and are the least destructive.