November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month
November is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes.
If you’re thinking of adopting a new furry friend, please consider adding a senior pet to the family this month. You can also help us find sweet senior animals a home by spreading the word.
Many people walk into a shelter or search a rescue’s website hoping to adopt a new puppy or kitten, completely overlooking the perfectly adoptable older dogs and cats in kennels and cages in their search. In many cases, the absolute most difficult group of homeless pets to place are older dogs and cats.
Senior pets tend to spend the longest amount of time at shelters or rescues before finding their forever homes. There are many benefits to selecting an older pet over a younger one. Because senior pets are typically calmer and less energetic than puppies and kittens, it’s easier to teach them new tricks. In fact, many senior pets are already pros at performing basic commands.
Their low-key nature can also make them ideal for households with children, who know how to gently interact with older animals.
What some adopters of younger pets are unprepared for is the amount of work it takes to housetrain a new puppy or kitten. You have to spend copious amounts of time training a new puppy to do their business outdoors or teach a kitten to remember where the litter box is.
But older pets have often come to the shelter after years of living in homes, so they’re usually already housetrained, saving you from weeks, months or in some cases even years of stress.
Understanding the personality of an animal is key to finding the perfect match for your family and the homeless pet. While young puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities, you’ll know right away whether a senior dog is a snuggle-bug or a senior cat is more of an independent spirit.
Our center offers a discount for “mature” animals. Visit our website at cmvas.org to see all of our available seniors.