Senior Pet Adoption: Why It's Important and Pros & Cons

We all love pets and there’s nothing that can quite match bringing home a little baby puppy or kitten (or both!) that is excited to grow up and spend its life with you; but there is something equally as precious that many people can easily glance over. You guessed it: adopting adult and senior animals. 

When considering an addition to your family, remember that adding any animal is essentially adding another child into the mix. Wouldn’t it be nice if that child came potty-trained, listened to you and was already done with their angsty teen phase? Well my friend, a senior pet may be a great option for you!

Why Adopting Seniors is Important

If I were to list all the reasons adopting senior animals is important, I would have to find a publisher willing to release a book of just bullet points so I will only discuss two. 

There are often an abundance of seniors in shelters, brought there for a variety of reasons. Whether their owners could no longer take care of them, or because they have simply been in the shelter for that long, many times you will be able to find seniors available. Fortunately this means they have less expensive adoption fees than their younger counterparts. Unfortunately because of this, they are more likely to be euthanized since younger pets tend to bring in more money for the shelters. Adopting seniors will help shelters clear more space and help prevent euthanasia.

A more heart-string-pulling reason it is important to adopt seniors (not that the last reason wasn’t) is that senior animals that are surrendered to shelters often lost their owner to old age themselves and were brought in simply because there was nowhere else they could go. They are still the same loving companion they were previously, just confused and looking for a family. Adoption will help bring them joy and give them a family to love.

Pros to Adopting a Senior Pet

Seniors - as I mentioned earlier - are already trained! This is huge if you are a normal person that has to work for a living. Training can take many many hours of devotion to produce good habits. Unless you have that amount of free time, it can be difficult to balance training with your established schedule. Not to mention, you save a lot of money on puppy pads!

Seniors are also more independent than younger pets, requiring much less attention and energy to keep them happy. They give you the ability to leave them home alone and are more than happy to spend the day napping and not getting in trouble until you get home. If they are a cat, they will likely just continue to nap though..

Cons to Adopting a Senior Pet

There are two big downsides to senior pets that people really need to consider. Both of which have to deal with the fact they are seniors. Senior pets often have dental and medical issues that need to be addressed. Bad teeth can lead to a great deal of pain and problems that don’t necessarily show until later in their lives. Treating these issues can be expensive if their previous owner didn’t put much effort into cleaning and maintaining them. Most if not all shelters can only put pets up for adoption after major issues are taken care of and they very frequently struggle with paying for these procedures. Love for Senior Paws was formed in an effort to help shelters pay for these operations and procedures so more seniors may be put up for adoption. Click here to help us realize this goal.

Whether a Senior Pet is the right option for you is up to you to decide, we only ask that you consider it!