Heartland Animal Hospital Blog
One of the most rewarding things about being a pet owner is knowing that you've given an animal a loving home for the rest of their days. And what could be more rewarding than giving a senior pet a "new leash on life"? Senior pets are often passed over in favor of puppies and kittens, but they have so much to offer! Here are five reasons to consider adopting a senior pet today:
1. Senior pets are often already housebroken
When you adopt a senior pet, you're getting an animal that is already accustomed to living in a home environment. This means they're likely already housetrained and have experience interacting with people and other animals. This can be a big relief if you're worried about dealing with accidents or bad habits, and it's one less thing you'll have to worry about as you settle your new pet into their new home.
Of course, depending on the pet, if they've not had training, you'll still need to be prepared to do some work with them on things like learning to walk on a leash or getting used to a new routine. But overall, senior pets can be wonderful to transition into your home.
2. Senior pets are often calmer and less destructive
Puppies and kittens are notoriously active, which can lead to some destruction around the house as they explore their surroundings. Senior pets are often much calmer, and this can mean fewer destroyed shoes and shredded couch cushions. If you're looking for a low-key animal companion, a senior pet may be the perfect fit for you.
3. Senior pets are more likely to be spayed or neutered
Since senior pets have likely already been spayed or neutered, this is one less thing you'll need to worry about. This also means that they're less likely to mark their territory or try to escape in search of a mate, which can be a common issue with younger animals.
Being spayed or neutered also helps reduce the risk of certain cancers.
4. Senior pets are often observed in their foster homes or shelters, so you have insights into their behaviors and mannerisms
When you adopt a senior pet, chances are the staff at the shelter or rescue have had plenty of time to get to know their personality and quirks. This means they can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of energy level, temperament, and behavior. This can be helpful in deciding whether or not a particular pet is a good fit for your home and lifestyle.
They also have the opportunity to observe the pet with other pets and people, and this can give you some valuable insights into how your new pet will do in those situations. For example, if you have other pets at home, the shelter staff can tell you if the senior pet you're interested in does well with other animals. They can let you know how the pet relates to people, too, which can be helpful in understanding how the pet may react within your family dynamic.
5. Adopting a senior pet means you're giving them a second chance at a happy life
Senior pets often have a harder time getting adopted than younger animals, and as a result, they can end up spending their later years in shelters or rescue organizations, often due to no fault of their own. When you adopt a senior pet, you're not only giving them a loving home, but you're also giving them a second chance at happiness.
When you adopt a senior pet, you're giving them a second chance at a happy life - which is something they'll be forever grateful for.
6. Senior pets often have a lower adoption fee
One of the great things about adopting a senior pet is that they may have a lower adoption fee than younger animals. This can be a big benefit if you're on a budget or are looking to adopt multiple pets. Lower adoption fees also mean that more people are able to adopt, which is great for senior pets in need of homes.
So, if you're looking to add a new companion to your family, consider adopting a senior pet. They make great companions and come with a host of benefits.
If you do adopt a senior pet, we can't wait to meet them! Make an appointment today so we can give them a check-up and help them get settled into their new home and continue on a journey of wellness.
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