November is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalsâ€™ (ASPCA) Adopt a Senior Pet Month — a month dedicated to the often overlooked senior animals who come into shelters.
Watauga Humane Society shelter manager Lynn Northup said it is often hard to find new homes for senior pets when they come into a shelter because most people want to adopt a puppy or a kitten.
Northup said most of the senior animals that come into shelters are not strays, but instead they come from families that can no longer keep them.
She added that adopting a senior pet is rewarding because owners get to see the pet live out their life in a loving home.
Here are some reasons to adopt a senior pet:
- What You See is What You Get: With adopted older dogs or cats you will usually know about any behavior challenges or health considerations before you adopt. In other words, there should be no surprises.
- Previous Training: Adult animals often already know how to live harmoniously with humans. In general, adult dogs and cats require far less supervision and less constant care, which can make them ideal companions for people with busy lives. They are already litter box or house trained. An older dog might also have some obedience training.
- Matching Lifestyles: An adult animal’s relatively calm demeanor and less intense exercise needs make them the perfect match for an older person seeking friendship and love and in a full-time working household. They often make excellent companions for other animals.