Why Adpot A Senior Pet
It is no secret that kittens and puppies are popular when it comes to adopting. What many people do not consider is the time and energy it takes to keep up with a younger pet. You need to house break them, teach them manners, and most times, watch them like a hawk so they do not get into any mischief. So why not consider a senior pet? They may be a better fit for you and your lifestyle and here is why:
1. There are little, to no, surprises when it comes to adopting a senior pet
With a senior pet, what you see is what you get. Their personalities are well established and there is little, to no, risk of having a senior pet change on you. With younger animals, there is a risk of an evolving personality which can be a lot of fun, but also a lot to keep up with. Senior pets are pretty well established and that can lead to an easier assimilation into your life.
2. Less stress
You may not be in the right phase of your life to chase a young puppy or kitten around, so a slow moving senior may be a better fit. They enjoy leisurely walks and gentle play, if they are up for playing. You can rest assured that a senior pet is content to just sit on your lap or by your side with no pressure to entertain them! It is just like having an old friend over to catch up, with no pressure to be interesting. If you are an introvert, you know exactly what I am talking about! You also don't have to worry about training a senior pet so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy each other's company.
3. They make great companions for all lifestyles
You may enjoy a slow paced lifestyle and have no desire to quicken that pace. That is where a senior pet is a perfect addition to your household. You both can enjoy leisurely walks or just sitting on the couch to watch TV. They are happy to just hang out! A senior pet may also be a good choice with young children, because there is less chance of rough play that causes extra caution in a household (however, we caution that sometimes kids may be too rambunctious for the senior pet).
4. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks
Contrary to popular belief, old dogs (and cats) can learn new tricks. Don't let the idea that old pets are stubborn, and won't learn new things, keep you from adopting an older pet. They have collected a lot of wisdom in their long life and can therefore be great learners. In fact, in some instances senior pets can be easier to train since they're not as active as younger pets. You do need to keep physical and mental limits in mind when dealing with an older pet, but most of them are just happy to be with you and please you.
5. They make great therapy pets
Because senior pets are calmer and a lot of times, low-maintenance, they can make great therapy animals. Senior pets can be more in tune to your emotions given their long life and experience. They may be just what you need when you are having a bad day or need daily emotional support. Snuggling up with a senior pet can lift your spirits by just having someone there for you and in turn, you can feel good about being there for a senior animal who may have otherwise been looked over.
Senior pets are typically the first to be euthanized at local shelters, so you could very well be saving a life when you adopt a senior over a puppy or a kitten. They may not be for everyone, but if the above information resonates with you and your lifestyle, you should consider it! Paw Patrol Dayton typically has senior pets available. Be sure to check out our Adopt page on our website or visit our Facebook page and help an animal find their forever home!