Many people automatically think of a puppy or a kitten when they are considering adopting a pet. They’re warm and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and pet them. But puppies and kittens demand patience and energy to help them become wonderful family members and companions. Older dogs and cats, however, can be as cute and loveable, and they often come with many wonderful qualities that youngsters take years to grow into.
Maybe you are reluctant to adopt a senior pet because you fear that your time with your new best friend will be short, bringing that painful time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog or cat makes every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this fine old feller a second chance at life. The love that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual separation.
So spread the word! Adopting a senior dog or cat is a wonderful experience for you both. You will gain a faithful companion. You will save a life. And don’t forget, senior dogs or cats and senior people bring out the best in each other! They make wonderful friends!
- When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand they have been rescued and are all the more thankful for it.
- A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
- A senior pet may very well already know basic household etiquette.
- Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
- Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior pet.
- A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how big an animal you’re getting!
- Speaking of relaxing! Senior pets make great nap buddies!
- Senior animals are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat or dog, you’re truly saving a life!
- There is a reduced adoption fee for senior dogs
-With help from Swift Current SPCA