Have you been thinking of adding a new furry friend to your family? Why not consider a senior pet? There are many advantages to adopting a mature pet that you might not think of at first. Adopting a senior pet might be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done. They offer a special kind of unconditional love and satisfaction. Not convinced? We think you will be 🙂 . Check out our list below of top reasons to adopt a mature pet.
Top Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet
1. What you see what you get
Knowing what you are getting yourself into as a pet owner is a huge advantage! A mature pet holds no mysteries or surprises as to how big they might get, the colour of their adult coat, how much grooming may be required, whether their hips will be healthy or their temperament – among a myriad of other possibilities. A senior pet comes to you with his or her own unique history, which makes their future much more predictable than an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
2. Older dogs and cats have manners
Unlike puppies and kittens, most grown-up dogs and cats have spent a few years living with a family and have already adapted to living with humans. Dogs have often received obedience training and respond to commands like sit, stay and down. They are also usually house trained and it only takes a few hours or a day to help them learn those rules in a new home.
3. Senior pets are less destructive
If you’ve ever had a kitten or a puppy you know how demanding they can be. Kitten and puppy proofing your home is a lot of work and sometimes they still manage to get into everything regardless of how well you think you’ve safeguarded your home! Senior pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.
You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or your couch cushions chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior pet has no urge to overturn your potted plants or shred the handmade quilt your grandmother made you; instead they might just snuggle up on it for an afternoon nap.
4. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks
Contrary to a popular expression, older dogs are very capable of learning new things. Mature dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger and easily distracted counterparts). If you have an older adopted dog that needs to learn a few things, simply enroll them in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and much more eager to please their humans.
5. Older pets are relaxing to spend time with
Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Since you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
6. You can custom order your pet
If you’d love to add a long-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease to your family, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adopted dog to get along with cats, again, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptable dog who is a perfect companion for your family.
7. Senior pets are great company for human seniors
Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
8. You can adopt a purebred pet if you’d like
If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets that are in need of homes.
9. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness.
Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond with their senior dog or cat very quickly, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
10. You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat
Unfortunately many people overlook dogs and cats that are older than five years of age. For whatever reason these pets were given up or abandoned and are in desperate need of a home – adopting one could save their life. It just so happens that people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart and home to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!