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Should You Adopt a Senior Pet?

Thinking about adding an older pet to your home? Check out these benefits.

  • There’s usually no need to housetrain them. Senior pets typically know how to use a litter box or realize they should only do their business outside. You won’t have to clean urine out of the rug or chase after them all day. Many know basic commands, as well.
  • You’ll save an animal’s life. Some shelters are so crowded, the older dogs get booted out to make room. By taking an older dog into your home, you’re saving their lives in more ways than one.
  • There won’t be any unpleasant surprises. When you adopt a puppy or kitten, you don’t know what they’re going to be like when they grow up. Will they be a diva? A troublemaker? A shoe snatcher? Senior pets leave no room for surprises – they’re already fully grown and have developed personalities. What you see is what you get.
  • They’re less destructive. Young animals have a lot energy and tend to get into trouble. Once they reach a certain age, they’re “over” causing mayhem. If you don’t want to have to worry about what you might find when you get home from work, this is a great option.
  • You’ll fill their final years with love and happiness. Some senior animals have had difficult lives, lives filled with abuse and neglect. Why not give a poor dog or cat a second chance? Why not replace bad memories with good ones? Why not give them a warm, safe space where they’ll always have something to eat?
  • You’re not setting yourself up for instant heartbreak. Some people avoid adopting older pets because they assume they’ll only have a few years with them (if that much). Actually, there’s no guarantee that any pet will live for a certain amount of time. Your senior could have a good decade left. Why not take a chance?


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