Older and Wiser

Senior pets in animal shelters are considered “less adoptable pets.” That’s such a sad sounding term, don’t you think? But it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that most people looking to add an animal to their family have puppies and kittens in mind. Pets aren’t technically considered “senior” until seven years of age for dogs, and 10-12 years for cats. But pets as young as 5 years old have trouble getting adopted from shelters!

If you are thinking about adopting a pet, here are some great reasons why you should consider an older animal.

Better behavior. Older animals have outgrown the chewing phase, and generally have been through obedience training and know not to “go” in the house.

Calm, cool, collected. Puppies and kittens need a lot of attention. Young pets have so much energy keeping up with them is a full time occupation. Mature pets are happy just to sit at your feet and get a rub during commercials. This could be perfect for an older person looking for a companion, but also a new family looking to introduce a trusty pal to young children.

Worried about health problems? You shouldn’t be. Or at least, you shouldn’t be simply based on the animal’s age. Health complications can happen at any point in a pet’s life. Considering health problems and veterinarian bills should be as much a part of your decision process when getting a senior pet as it would be for a new puppy or kitten.

All in all: Older pets make wonderful companions. So while you are visiting your local animal shelter, don’t walk by without a glace. These more mature pets may be the perfect new addition to your life. PetFinder.com is another great resource if you are looking for a new animal friend.


If you have adopted an older pet, share your experience with us!

If you are thinking about a new pet, would you have any concerns about adopting an older pet? Tell us what they are, and we can give you more information! 

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4 Responses to Older and Wiser

  1. Marianne says:

    I agree. We take in Senior dogs and dogs with special needs. To earn the love of an old dog is one of lifes purist pleasures.

  2. lyn kash says:

    adopted my cat at 13.now almost 16.gr8 and loved part of family.so glad we have her.i only adopt elderly,handicapped or felv+,fiv+ cats.

  3. tess says:

    We adopted a older (8 yr old) Chiwawa ( love to spell it like that) this summer than adopted a Chiwinee a few months ago who is about 10…. these 2 act like they have been together forever and always has to be on someones lap. And they get along wiht the cats..It was great we brought them home and the only “adjusting ” the house had to do was learn their signs for when they needed to go out!!! I will always adopt the Srs… they deserve their last years to happy and loved!!!!

  4. Cherie says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to adopt an older pet, but would not hesitate. Each and every one of my babies live their complete life with me. Every time I lose one is so hard but so worth the love they give during the time we have them.

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