I am Cooper and was recently adopted at 12 years old
September 18, 2011
When I visit an animal shelter, I thoroughly enjoy the antics of the younger animals. Puppies and kittens are warm and cuddly, but these young animals demand patience and energy to help them develop into wonderful family members and companions. Then I spot a senior cat or dog and observe how peaceful and calm they are behaving. Some have had obedience training, others have lived in homes and slept in beds with their previous families. These seniors have been around the block and they come with the wisdom and experience of their years. Puppies and kittens take time to grow into the more settled demeanor of an older pet.
Now here they are sitting behind bars wondering where their world has gone. Sure, the pups and kittens have their entire life ahead of them but these seniors have the rest of their lives waiting for them also. Grown pets have been through the chewing, climbing, potty training and tearing your house up stages. They want a home where they can chill out, love and be loved.
My name is Pups and at 13 I received a new home
If you chose to adopt an older pet, you've got yourself an appreciative, mature companion. As the bond between you grows, you will remember that you helped give your pet a new life instead of what could have been a sad alternative.
Some might say what is the difference if I take a puppy or kitten, I am still saving an animal? The difference is the next person to come through the shelter is more likely to adopt a pup or kitten while the older, mature pet looks on wishing it was their turn. Adopting a senior, whose odds are small to begin with, does not reduce the odds for the pups and kittens. No matter which animal you adopt you are saving a life, not just that one life, you are also saving the life of the next dog or cat, who might have otherwise been euthanized, if you hadn't made the vacancy.
Humane Societies and Rescue Groups, evaluate the dogs extensively before placing them for adoption. They will be up front with you about any problems you may face with the animal, so you'll know exactly what you're getting. As opposed to the uncertainty that you'd face with a puppy, your odds are virtually 100% that you'll get exactly what you're looking for in a pet when you adopt a senior. Older dogs and cats come with more history than the younger ones who are still working to develop a personality.
I am Bella, 6 yrs old and waiting for special needs
Temperaments are more established though not always visible in the shelter. Most animals need to go home and experience family life in a place of their own before their wonderful attributes are revealed. Give these seniors an opportunity to strut their stuff and shine for you. They will demonstrate their heart-felt gratitude with constant love and loyalty for your gift of another chance at life!
Mature dogs have many life lessons tucked under their collars. They know dog biscuits are for chewing and shoes are for feet. They know the outdoors is for taking care of business and the house is for living and relaxing, as are senior cats very fastidious concerning litter box habits. Senior pets know when you leave you are coming back so no need to shred the drapes or eat the couch.
Another great Idea is to inquire at your shelter regarding other special needs pets that for some reason are least likely to be adopted. You may just be the person to take one of these home. He or she will shower you with appreciation and you will not want to think about, what if you had not been there to save this wonderful animal.
Senior pets make great companions especially for senior humans. They can discuss their aches and pains and talk about the good old days!