6 Perks to Adopting an Older Pet
While puppies and kittens are adorable and fun to be around, there is something special and meaningful about adopting an older pet. Many older animals in shelters and foster homes often find themselves waiting a long time to find their furever homes, so if you have the opportunity to adopt them, you should.
According to ASPCA, of the 7.6 million animals brought into shelters each year, 2.7 million are euthanized - and a large portion of those animals are adult or senior pets. So what's the bright side of this dark statistic? You. For many people looking for companionship, an older pet may be the perfect fit - and here's why.
What you see is what you get
An older animal already has an established temperament. They've already gone through the puppy or kitten developmental changes, and this can ensure that your lifestyle with the lifestyle of the dog or cat will fit perfectly together. Plus, you know physically what kind of pet your life and household can handle. A senior or adult animal is already fully grown, so there is no mystery about how much they will weigh or the size of the pet. They come with their own history, which makes his or her future much more predictable than that of a puppy or kitten.
Not as demanding
Senior or adult animals have a routine. They've been around the block a time or two. Obviously they still love to play, but they also love to cuddle, relax, and nap. You don't have to worry about them lashing out as they are emotionally mature and more mellow than their younger playmates. Due to this, they tend to be an easier fit into your daily routines.
They have manners
Most older pets are already house-trained or litter box-trained - and when it comes specifically to dogs, they know basic leash manners. You do have to take into consideration though, their history prior to adoption. Some older pets may have been subjected to abuse or mistreatment and can shape how fast they adapt to their new home and the humans within it. But, they will adapt to a new family and new routines with love and time. They know they've been given a second chance at life, and they will show you just how appreciative they are in due time.
Great for all ages
With more of a relaxed temperament, senior pets are great companions for all ages. More 'mature' people will benefit a lot from their new companion as their energy level and lifestyle are aligned. But, that doesn't mean older pets can't be great for younger people as well. Children can also benefit from an older four-legged companion because they tend to be more tolerant and have possibly been well socialized with the younger generation.
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks
An older animal may already know the basic commands, and may be more responsive to learning more. Senior pets tend to have more controlled focus than puppies and kittens, which make them the perfect student in your class of life. As your four-legged furr-iend, they are wired to please their human parents, and are pretty fast learners - especially when you implement treats!
Feelin' the love
If you ask anyone who has adopted an older pet, they will tell you - whole heartedly - that they are convinced that their pets know they've been saved, and are immensely grateful. At the end of the day, they just want a home to call their own with a family that loves them unconditionally. With just one look into their eyes, you can see how thankful they are for you saving their life.
Ready to change a furball's life? Take a look at the August adoptable pets below. You won't regret it.
August Adoptable Pets
Noah's Animal Hospitals & the Humane Society for Hamilton County are teaming up to help find loving homes for cats and dogs in local Indianapolis animal shelters.
About Noah's Animal Hospitals: Noah’s Animal Hospitals are a family of veterinary clinics serving the Indianapolis, IN area and surrounding communities. With eight convenient locations to serve you, including two 24 hour locations, Noah’s is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the best possible health care and exceptional client service, exceeding your expectations with every interaction. In fact, they like to consider themselves “the best friend of your best friend.”