Age is not a disease

We all know that really old pet. The one that seems to defy all odds by simply waking up each morning. Their endearing ailments and often cloudy eyes tell the story of the life they have lived, one that is charming, sassy and full of character. So, why is it that these experienced cats and dogs are often overlooked at shelters for their younger counterparts?

GrayHairDog

Gray hair … don’t care

Listen, we get it. Those adorable kitten and puppy faces are almost impossible not to fall in love with when you walk through the shelter. But do us a favor and take a moment to consider our more mature friends. The ones with the gray muzzles and soft eyes. Let’s talk about why they really are terrific.

First, we usually know them pretty well. Like, really know them. Older pets typically come to the shelter with a history from a previous owner. And no, that doesn’t mean they were brought to us for peeing everywhere and eating five couches. Often, they’ve been wonderful, loyal companions who found themselves at the shelter through no fault of their own.

Who doesn’t want a pet that comes with a history—already housetrained and just looking to lounge around in a sunbeam all day? Sometimes we may even feel a little jealous of these pets. Napping, eating and getting massages all day sounds pretty great!

BlueEyedCat age

I may not be the spring kitten I once was, but I still have some pep in my step!

We can all agree that certain things are better with age: wine, cheese, relationships—oh, and pets. Who, just because they have a few miles on their odometer, are frequently passed over at the shelter. These sweet older pets still have plenty of love to give in their golden years.

Remember, age is NOT a disease. Next time you’re at the Dumb Friends League, ask to visit with some of our older companions. You might be surprised at how quickly you fall in love.

To learn more about pets available for adoption at the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303)751-5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations and a microchip ID.