When thinking about adopting a new pet, you might be picturing finding an adorable puppy or kitten to take home with you. However, just because a pet is new to you, doesn’t mean they have to be new to the world — you could adopt a senior pet. Unfortunately, most people opt to adopt young animals, not realizing that a more mature pet may better fit their lifestyle while providing the affection and cuteness they seek in a puppy or kitten. This means that older cats and dogs tend to spend years in shelters, waiting for someone to give them a second chance. If you are considering adopting a senior pet, here are all the reasons why it’s a great idea.
They Have Manners
Puppies and kittens are known the world over as cute, but one thing that no one ever says about them is that they’re well-behaved. It makes sense; they still have a lot of learning to do. That learning has already been done by senior pets. They have already spent years being socialized to humans, and they may even have years of obedience school under their belt. You don’t have to worry about training a senior pet; they’ve been trained for quite some time.
You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
That being said, your new senior pet was trained by someone else, and will be bringing with them the rules of their old household. If there are any that you are not too fond of, there’s not need to panic: you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks. Despite the stereotype, senior pets are completely trainable; in fact, it can be even easier than with a younger pet because they have a longer attention span.
They’re Relaxing Company
If you have ever owned a puppy (or even just been around one), you know how much energy they have. If you don’t devote a good portion of the day walking them and playing with them, that energy translates into some pretty annoying behaviors. Kittens are the same way, getting into quite a bit of mischief if they’re bored or want your attention. When you adopt a senior pet, you don’t have to spend all your time trying to tire them out and refereeing them to ensure they don’t destroy your possessions. You can come home and your senior pet will be happy to keep it low key with you as you kick back and relax after a long day.
They’re Already House/Litter Trained
One of the biggest struggles of adopting a young pet is toilet training. When you first bring a new puppy into your home, you can anticipate stepping in a few puddles. When you adopt a senior pet, they are well beyond this stage of life. If your toilet rules are different than their last home, it doesn’t take long for them to catch on. If you don’t want to take the time to toilet train, a senior pet is the way to go.
All They Need is Love
You may not be your dog or cat’s first (or even second or third) owner, but that won’t stop them from adoring you. All you need to do is give them the same unconditional love and support they give you, and they will be right at home in no time.
Give Them a Second Chance
All the senior pets need is a second chance. Life may have been unkind to them in the past, but you have the opportunity to make their sunset years the best years of their life. They will view you as their hero, and you can feel good about giving them a home.
If you’re ready to adopt a senior pet, check out our Adoption page to see who we have at our animal sanctuary in Groton.