Adopt a Senior Pet

Everyone knows that the only thing better than a new best friend is an old best friend. Therefore, during November’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is encouraging animal lovers to consider adopting an older animal from a local shelter or rescue group.

Each year, an estimated 860,000 cats and 670,000 dogs are euthanized in the nation’s shelters.

Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, thinking that they may be more difficult and unaware there are so many reasons why these seasoned pets make ideal family members and friends:

  • They tend to be less rambunctious than younger animals
  • They’re often already house-trained
  • Because they are calmer and less fragile, they can be a great fit for people with children
  • They know you are rescuing them and are so grateful

Scores of senior-specific rescue groups and senior-specific adoption efforts at animal shelters are making it easier than ever for people to bring older animals home without breaking the bank.

Some foster-based groups even cover senior cats and dogs’ veterinary bills and prescription food costs for life; others take care of all major veterinary work before putting animals up for adoption. 

“Seniors for Seniors” programs also are wonderful provisions offered by many shelters and rescue organizations. These programs match mellow older cats and dogs with older people, and they almost always waive adoption fees and cover all initial veterinary and grooming expenses. Many “Seniors for Seniors” programs also provide free welcome-home kits with food bowls, collars, food, medication, pet beds, and more.         

Find out more at www.americanhumane.org.

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