November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. Where October promotes adopting all pets, November is all increasing awareness of the wonders of senior pets. In my household, three of our dogs are senior dogs. All of them have just as much pep and vigor compared to their younger counterparts.
Every year, thousands of senior dogs are dropped off in a shelter. Some are given up because their family can't keep them anymore. Others are given up because their owners don't want them anymore, since they are older. It's not fair to the dog when this happens, but compared to other dogs, they are the last to be adopted. They are also the ones who are most euthanized.
Older Pet Benefits
Some of the benefits of adopting senior pets include:
- They are already housebroken. It doesn't take a long time for them to get acclimated to new surroundings.
- They are great for those owners who love a laid-back life. A simple walk will be all the exercise they need in a day.
- You know what you're getting. They tend to be more docile. Also, when they are adopted from a shelter, they are equally grateful.
- It isn't as long of a time investment compared to raising a dog who is a puppy.
Below is an infographic for Senior Pets by Blogpaws