Resisting a cute kitten or playful puppy while searching for a new furry companion may be tough, but a senior pet will be prepared to make the perfect addition to your family. These older cats and dogs still have so much life and love to give, if they’re just given a second chance. Often, pet owners agree that adopting a senior pet is much easier than raising a puppy or kitten.

Here are some reasons you should consider adopting a senior pet:

  1. Adopting a senior pet removes all the guesswork. What you see is what you get with older, fully grown pets. Most shelters perform some sort of temperament testing on all the pets that enter their facility, so they can inform you about how your new pet reacts in certain situations. By adopting an older pet, you’ll already know:
  • Her full size
  • Nutrition requirements
  • Attitude toward other pets and children
  • Exercise requirements
  • Personality
  • Housetraining skills

Many of these unknowns cause pets to end up in shelters, so rescuing an older pet reduces the risk of adding to the homeless pet population. No more guessing with an adorable puppy who grows up to be much larger than you expected (and has a huge appetite to match!).

  1. Adopting a senior pet requires less exercise. If you’re not as young as you used to be, welcoming a pet in the same situation may be a blessing. Neither of you have to huff and puff on a daily 5k jog to keep the zoomies at bay. Older cats aren’t inclined to tear up and down your curtains and race you down the stairs, inadvertently tripping you. And, gray-faced dogs will turn up their noses at seemingly never-ending fetch sessions. Leave those antics to the youngsters.
  2. Adopting a senior pet won’t break the bank. Shelters and rescues are eager to place their older pets in forever homes. Offering senior pet specials is an excellent way to draw attention to the endearing qualities older animals possess. In addition, senior pets with dental disease or other medical issues tend to receive treatment before being adopted. Some of these procedures and treatments can be pricey, so finding a new companion with a clean bill of health is a plus. On the other hand, puppy and kitten adoption fees can cost two or three times more than an adult pet’s fee, and you may still be required to pay additional fees for booster vaccinations. Saving some cash on adoption fees can go toward a comfortable orthopedic bed for your new best friend instead.
  3. Adopting a senior pet is perfect for any situation. Whether you’re a single adult living in an apartment, a large and chaotic family, or an elderly couple, older pets fit in well with any lifestyle. Their more mellow demeanor won’t be overly rambunctious, knocking down children or the elderly. In addition, they tend to require less attention and exercise than their younger counterparts, so they can fit in well with a family that is always on the go. Already armed with an arsenal of tricks and skills, most senior pets understand the rules of living in a home, such as appropriate interactions, house-training, and that destroying belongings is not acceptable. Adopting a senior pet allows you to skip past the teenage years, and slip right into the best stage of being a pet owner.
  4. Adopting a senior pet provides a second chance. Sadly, the majority of older pets who end up in shelters do so through no fault of their own. Sure, some pets have behavioral problems, but many animals are surrendered due to circumstances surrounding their owners, such as:
  • Financial troubles
  • Family illness
  • Military deployment
  • Divorce
  • Relocation
  • Death

Many pet owners who adopt older pets say that these animals are grateful to be rescued and that they work hard to please their new owners. There’s nothing sweeter than giving a gray-faced dog or cat a second chance and being paid back with a lifetime of love.


Celebrating Adopt a Senior Pet Month this November? We’d love to meet your newest addition! Schedule an appointment to discuss your senior pet’s special needs.