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The Joys of Adopting a Senior Pet

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, seniors )

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November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month, and as anyone who has adopted an older animal can tell you, age is just a number. Furry seniors still have a lot of life--and love--left. Just ask anybody who has met Pepsi or Itchy.

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Howard Crosse (21)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:05 am
As with all living beings character develops with age. I have parented quite a few dogs in my life, all have been rescues and all have lived to a good age. Sharing their lives with them has been a pleasure from their youngest to oldest years and finally staying with them as they prepared to cross Rainbow Bridge.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:23 am
Adopt an older pet /a senoir pet.You will both be 2 of the luckiest in the world. They have had probably tough times,lost an one or two owners,etc,etc,etc... They need a warm spot and lovings. Please adopt one or two. I always do and they deserve it. You do too..... There are so many bebefits to a senior pet. Wise choice /excellent choice. Don't let them be put down because of age or in a shelter for the rest of their lives with no one special. NO NO NO...... They truly make wonderful pets/family members. These were once puppies and kittens. They do grow older.

Thanks Cher!!
Excellent post!

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:00 am
The decision to adopt a new friend is an important decision , which helps to rip an animal neglect and road. If then there is a tendency to be a senior , the gain will be double . A cat no longer young , for example, could prove to be a faithful companion of adventures and a grateful friend . In spite of the myths , the adoption of a senior pet is very advantageous and has fewer problems .

A puppy is a being sweet and delicate , but still in a growth phase and training. Its not a character outline, therefore impossible to immediately identify the different personalities , if they have soul too rough or maybe too peaceful . On the contrary, the encounter with an older cat will reveal the personal predisposition , the font and its nature . A cat no longer young is a certainty from the point of view character .

Choose his company is a winning answer , especially for those who lead a quiet life and perhaps no longer young. An older cat likes to relax , it is not hyperactive and chaotic , and although she loves to play, outside his demands in a mature and calm . You may also be having lived in a house, then you know the rules of co-existence , the use of the litter , the need to blow off steam with the scratching post and not against the arm of the couch .

An older cat loves to nap , nap curled up on the couch maybe on your legs . A comforting presence while reading a book or watching TV , also its life expectancy can reach 20 years. If in good health will require less frequent periodic checks of a puppy , because maybe already in possession of more vaccinations. Just make the calls and routine checks to ensure his health condition better, and of course will already be sterilized. Finally, adopt a cat elder gives the opportunity to save a life, in exchange for love, affection and eternal gratitude

My lady is 21 years old
thank you so much Cher for this sharing

Sara P (57)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:48 am
Thanks for sharing this article Cher and thanks to my friend Curzio for the amazing comment!!!

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 11:17 am
Senior animals give you the same love and happiness as a younger animal can, so please take in consideration the adoption of an older animal when you go to the shelter to adopt.

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:08 pm
What more can I add ? My beautiful Curzio has said it all quite eloquently. Pls consider a senior pet..they aare so worth it. On a persoanl note if I may.....our next door neighbor's cat ran out while the door was opened and has been missing for 5 days now. Pls just say a quick prayer..Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:55 pm
All pets are worth it, but seniors bring wisdom, they know more about how the world is and they have such an amazing friendship to offer. Even pets get better with age! Great post Cher as its something the world needs eduction on since we also 'throw away' aging humans and idealise youth via advertising (which is nonsense).

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:55 pm
One shelter in Australia matches senior pets with senior humans, its a match made in heaven.

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:39 pm
Sadly, my shelter gets older sibling cats- for various reasons. Many people understand that these animals should and need to be adopted together, and they do.

Connie O (44)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:48 pm
Of course senior pets have much to give. They deserve a good home.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:48 pm
I fostered senior dogs until one turned up so desperate for affection. She had waited quite a while after her owners had dumped her for being too old to breed from and now needed medical treatment (rescue's guess). Poor little soul climbed onto my lap and refused to leave us. It did mean that we couldn't foster dogs so now foster cats. Fortunately, she doesn't care about cats and the cats, after fluffing up and looking puzzled as she sails past, get used to her too.

I recommend fostering if you cannot adopt as costs are normally met by rescues or, if not able to, perhaps help transport, advertise, fund raise and generally help out in some way. Many people say that they can't foster as they cannot bear the idea of parting with the animal. When you meet their new parents and see the pleasure they have in meeting their new fur babies then you know it is all worthwhile having helped them find a happy forever home.

If you can adopt, please do. The older dogs know that they are being given another chance and are adorable. All rescue dogs can have issues so please be aware but they have all responded well to training and watching them become more active and playful is a pleasure. Older cats blossom under the love and care that you give them and they are a pleasure to have. New parents are always happy to send pictures of their new baby settling in and having cuddles.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:43 pm
I did adopt an eight year dog years ago and he was wonderful. His family gave him up because they had an economic problem losing employment and could no longer stay in their home - they had to find a smaller one and they could not afford to keep their dog any longer. He was a wonderful dog and got along famously with the cats that owned me. He loved walks.

Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:57 am
Curzio has said it almost all... for me in short they (adopted older animals) gives us more than we give them back with unconditional♥...
Thank you for the reminder.:))

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 7:33 am
It's unlikely but if I ever get another pet it's going to be a senior.
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