Our shelters are full of pets of every age, breed, and size. They’re all deserving of safe, loving homes, but often the older pets, the seniors, are overlooked.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. If you’re ready to add a new dog to your household, there are so many reasons to consider adopting a senior pet. These are just a few that I’m sharing with you today.
5 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog
- What you see is what you get with a senior dog. You already know its size, its grooming needs, its personality, and its temperament. With a puppy, these are all unknowns, but with an older dog, you can be sure you’re getting exactly the kind of dog that will fit best into your lifestyle.
- Many senior dogs are already housebroken and know basic commands. Generally, they don’t need the extensive training that a puppy requires. And by the way, it’s not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You most certainly can!
- Senior pets are typically much less destructive than puppies. They’ve already gone through the “chewing stage”, so you won’t have to worry about your shoes, furniture, and newspaper. Your senior dog most likely won’t be interested!
- If you lead an “low impact” life, a senior dog will fit right in. They don’t usually require a lot of exercise, and they’re happy to cuddle on the couch.
- Senior dogs are often overlooked in shelters. They’re the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. You truly are saving a life when you adopt a senior dog.
No dog deserves to die in a cold, lonely shelter, and a senior dog deserves better in her golden years. She will truly be grateful that you rescued her, and even though your time together might be short, I believe you’ll find a certain contentedness with your older companion.
Have YOU ever adopted an older pet? I’d love to hear about your experience in comments below!