November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month! As mom to three “older” cats and one 20-year-old turtle, I consider senior-pet adoption a cause near and dear to my heart.
So this month, I’m challenging everyone to pledge to spread the word by “liking” this post. If you want to do more, we’ve got ways to help after the jump.
And if you have a friend who’s thinking of adopting — or if you’re considering adding a new furry family member yourself — read and share this list:
10 Reasons Senior Pets Rule:
- When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
- A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
- You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks (I do every day with my own cats!): Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
- A senior pet may very well already know basic commands anyway!
- In particular, senior pets are often already housetrained, or can be more easily housetrained than a young pet with a tiny bladder.
- A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much pet you’re getting.
- Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
- Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
- Senior pets know that chew toys (not shoes) are for chewing and scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching.
- Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life.
What did we miss? Share your own reasons senior pets rule below.
Want to do more? Here are some other ways you can help senior pets this month:
- E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
- Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month.
- Add a senior-pet search widget to your Web site or blog.
- Post a photo of your senior pet (and tell us why he or she rules) on our Facebook wall.
- Adopt a senior pet for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.
Planning to take action to help senior pets this month? Don’t forget to “Like” this post to share your pledge with others!
You might also like:
Video: Adopting Senior Dogs
Article: A Companion Animal’s Golden Years
Article: The First Days with Your Senior Dog
Article: The Special Needs of the Senior Cat
By Jane, associate producer at Petfinder.com
Posted November 1, 2010 9:32 AM