Wine, cheese and four-legged friends … some things just get better with age, and our pets are no exception! November is “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month,” and the Dumb Friends League wants to remind all those looking to add a new pet to their life that love knows no age. There are many benefits to adopting a more mature companion—because while their coats may be a little gray, their hearts are pure gold. Here are just a few reasons we think you should consider adding an older pet to your life.
We all know the phase “with age comes wisdom” and this certainly holds true for older pets. A senior pet is more likely to be housetrained and may already know basic commands and manners. That doesn’t mean that an old dog, or a cat for that matter, can’t learn new tricks. Older pets are great at learning new things and, given their longer attention spans, they are great at focusing on you.
What you see is what you get with older pets. Their personalities are already developed so you’ll know if they are the right pet for you and your family. Older pets often take less time to transition and will settle in quickly and make themselves right at home in new surroundings.
Adopting a senior pet versus a young one is no less serious a commitment, but it can be a shorter one. If you’re not sure where you’ll be in 10 years, of if you too are approaching your golden years, consider adopting a senior pet. You’ll be providing a loving home for a displaced pet to live out its later years.
Best of all, older pets are super adorable and it is such a rewarding experience to give an older pet a comfortable home. Just imagine all those great senior snuggles you’ll get to take advantage of—and their silver muzzles make for great Instagram posts!
Whether you have them for five years or 10, we can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pet’s life all that they can be.
In honor of “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month,” during the month of November the Dumb Friends League will be celebrating all that is wonderful about older pets! View all our adoptable pets online at DDFL.org or call (303) 751-5772 to talk to an adoption counselor who can help you find the perfect match.
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