Unsure about adopting a senior pet? Here are eight benefits to consider.
Age is just a number. While some adopters might express concern about the life-span issue when adopting a senior pet, the good news is that animals are living longer, higher-quality lives. But even with today’s advances in veterinary medicine and improved nutrition, there’s no way to determine how long our pets will live. What is known, though, is that senior pets still have love to give and are grateful for a second chance.
If you’re still unsure about adopting a senior animal, consider these benefits:
- Senior pets generally have had some training, both in obedience and house manners.
- Senior pets are less destructive.
- Older dogs have been socialized and know what it takes to be part of a pack.
- Senior pets are grateful for a second chance.
- Senior pets are great company for older or less active people.
- Older cats will be less rambunctious than kittens, who are frequently active, curious and into everything.
- Senior animals are a known commodity so you know what you’re getting in terms of size, shape and personality.
- Adopting an older pet makes a statement about compassion and the value of all life at all ages.