Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is officially Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is truly a terrific cause! Older pets often have a very hard time getting adopted, as they are often passed over for puppies and kittens. However, senior pets really have a lot to offer, and can make wonderful animal companions. In this article, a Park County, CO vet discusses adopting senior pets.


This one may not really apply to kitties, since Fluffy tends to train her people, rather than it being the other way around. However, with older dogs, you may find that your new pooch is already trained. Being able to skip the housebreaking stage is definitely a plus!

Less Activity Needs

Just like people, pets tend to slow down in their golden years. While younger animals are typically very playful and frisky, senior pets are much calmer, and often have a placid, friendly demeanor that can just melt your heart. If you don’t have the energy to keep up with an active dog or cat, consider getting a sweet senior pet. You may find an older animal is a perfect match for you!

Fewer Shenanigans

Older pets are typically much more interested in napping than in playing or making mischief. While daily playtime will benefit your furry pal in many ways, you won’t have to spend hours and hours throwing a ball for Fido or holding a laser pointer for Fluffy. You’re also less likely to find that your pet has eaten your couch cushions or knocked a vase over.

Save A Life

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for senior pets to be abandoned or ‘traded in’ for younger pets, often after years of devotion. Giving one of these lovable dogs or cats a good retirement home is a wonderful act of kindness. You’ll be rewarded for your actions with unconditional love, unwavering friendship, and complete loyalty. What more could you ask for?

Shorter Commitment

Adopting a pet is a longtime commitment, and not something to take lightly. However, because older pets have less time, there’s a much shorter commitment involved when adopting them. If you’re not ready for a lifetime commitment, a senior pet may be a better option for you than a puppy or kitten.

Please contact us, your Park County, CO animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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