In general, older pets have a harder time finding homes and remain in shelters longer. The two most common reasons people choose not to adopt a ‘golden oldie’ is medical costs and fear of death. We get it. Yes, there can be medical bills and yes, the pet will have fewer years with you. But consider the following before you make your decision.
Older Pets are the Easiest Choice
When it comes to adopting a senior pet, they are already set in their behavior patterns. Personality quirks, sleep patterns and behavior traits have are already fully blossomed. Heck, most of them don’t need to be trained at all. They know where to take their bathroom breaks, understand that chewing on furniture is not a good idea and will many times follow commands they have already been trained for. Plus, with age comes the best thing ever… more sleep.
If you’re looking for a chill pet, one that doesn’t wake you up 30 minutes before your alarm or pull your arm out of your socket when they see a squirrel, then an oldie but goodie is perfect for you. They’ve been there and done that. What is most important to them now is being loved and sleeping. With a senior, there is a tipping point where most of their time is spent in delicious, relaxing nap time. Your job kicks in on those rare intervals when they are awake and needing a good scratch behind the ear. Other than those moments, you can chill out.
Many senior pets in shelters came from a family situation and they already know the gig. This is why many are considered ‘family friendly’. They adjust easier to the family environment and their low key nature makes them a great fit for children. And they can be a more amicable participant to teaching children the value of animals and how to love and respect pets.
Medical and Death is Inevitable
Back to the two popular reasons to say no. Here’s something to consider. Even young pets get ill or injured. So rescuing a kitten or puppy doesn’t necessarily eliminate the risk of medical bills. And when it comes to death, well, it’s inevitable. If you flip the coin on this argument and are able to set aside your own fear of losing a pet, by adopting a senior you are saving a scared and lonely animal from the sad reality of dying alone.
Senior pets are smart. They’ve been around the block. They know what you’ve done for them and their gratitude is apparent. When you look into their eyes you can see their ‘thank you’ and feel the overwhelming love.
So please adopt, don’t shop. And take a second look at those oldies. They have a lot more to give even if it’s in a shorter amount of time!
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