November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and here at the Dumb Friends League we have a number of older feline and canine companions anxiously waiting to meet their new families.
Don’t let their gray muzzles and sometimes slower strides deter you; adopting older pets comes with many advantages over their younger counterparts. Simply put: With age comes experience. Take, for example, Ril. This adorable pup is an energetic 9-years-old. He traveled all the way from Puerto Rico to find his forever family. Ril is a champion walker, and is sure to fill your home with smiles and laughter with his bouncy and playful personality. We can also tell you that Ril loves napping (who doesn’t) and he walks great on the leash.
Now, let’s not forget about our older feline companions. We have amazing cats like Meow, who at 14 years old we can tell you that she has good litterbox manners and gets along well with other cats. We also know that she would probably do best in a quiet home with plenty of cozy napping spots where she can live out her retirement years in bliss.
In addition to simply knowing more about our older companions’ personality traits, you can rest assured that what you see is what you get. With an older pet, there aren’t any questions about how big they’ll get or how often they’ll need grooming. They are typically a great match for first-time pet owners and are “move-in ready,” coming equipped with some basic training under their belts. And contrary to popular belief, old dogs (and cats) can learn new tricks! It’s never too late to start behavior training; in fact, it will help enhance your bond with your new companion.
The truth is, older pets are more difficult for us to adopt out. While they come with all these incredible benefits, many people are just more interested in kittens and puppies and aren’t aware of the advantages of welcoming an older animal into their home. Adopt a Senior Pet Month gives us the perfect opportunity to focus on helping our more mature friends find their forever families.
So next time you’re at the shelter, consider meeting with a more experienced animal. Ask about our senior pets and give ‘em a try. Just like a fine wine, some things are simply better with age!
Learn more about pets available for adoption by visiting ddfl.org or give us a call at 303.751.5772. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery. Age appropriate vaccinations, including rabies, a microchip ID and a wellness exam at a participating veterinarian.
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