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November is Adopt a Senior Pet month

By Carol Pezzula
Posted 10/27/19

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. National Adopt a Senior Pet Month is dedicated to bringing awareness about homeless senior pets and improving the adoption rate for senior dogs and …

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet month

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November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month is dedicated to bringing awareness about homeless senior pets and improving the adoption rate for senior dogs and cats. If you are looking to add a cat or dog to your family then consider adopting a senior pet.

When looking for a new pet most people go into a shelter looking for puppies and kittens, while completely overlooking the perfectly adoptable older dogs and cats quietly sitting in kennels and cages. Older dogs and cats may tend to keep to themselves, not because they wouldn’t be just as amazing a pet, but because they may be less energetic or more scared because they find themselves in a strange place after spending most of their lives living with a family who had to give them up for one of many reasons. They may just need a little more time to feel comfortable.

A few reasons to adopt a senior pet:

What you see is what you get. When you adopt an older pet, they’re already fully grown and their temperament is established and predictable. That means you don’t have to worry about how big a small puppy will be when he grows up, or bringing home a friendly kitten that ends up being more aloof as an adult cat.

Puppies and kittens can require a lot of energy, patience and consistency with training to help them become well-adjusted pets, whereas seniors are typically more calm and less energetic so it is easier to teach them. Many seniors already know basic commands and tricks.  Older pets most often have lived years in a home prior to ending up in a shelter, so they are usually already house trained. 

Senior pets are known for being highly affectionate and grateful toward people who adopt them. It’s easy for owners to form a close bond quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.

Some shelters also offer discounts on senior pets and senior-for-senior adoption deals for senior citizens. There are many amazing senior cats and dogs looking for homes and they make wonderful pets, so stop in to your local shelter to meet them.

The Humane Society of Rome has some adoptable senior dogs and cats waiting to meet that special someone who will give them a chance to share their golden years with them. If you are interested in adopting a dog, you can meet them at the shelter, or if it’s a cat you are interested in, you can meet the cats at the shelter or at PetSmart in New Hartford. Here are a couple seniors who are looking for their new family:

Tiger is a handsome 10-year-old, and quieter cat. He would be great in a home with adults. What fun you will have. He enjoys pleasing everyone with sitting on laps, and loves to be pet. Ge does best hanging out as the only fur baby in a home. Let’s get together so you can chat and get to know each other. See you soon.

Vincent is a handsome senior tabby kitty that needs his forever family. He is loving, enjoys exploring all around, doesn’t mind other kitties and will hang out in your quiet home in the sunshine on your windowsill. He likes toys that have catnip and even hangs out in the shelter’s kitty toy box when its full of toys he enjoys. Come down today so you can enjoy sitting together or going on a hunt here at the shelter.

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