November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Animal shelters across the US are full of pets of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages, but sadly, older dogs and cats are typically among the last to find homes.
Many senior shelter pets live years with a family, and then during a time when they most need human care and companionship, they are surrendered to a shelter for any number of reasons, including ill health, incontinence, or another condition of old age. Sometimes the pet’s owner passes away and surviving family members can’t or don’t want to care for the dog or cat left behind.
This is a partial repost from Healthy Pets, and was written by Dr. Becker.
The reasons potential adoptive owners tend to shy away from older pets include:
* They’re not as cute as puppies or kittens
* They may have, or may develop serious, expensive health problems
* They don’t seem as perky or playful as younger animals
* The prospective pet parent has recently lost a dog or cat and can’t bear the thought of losing another companion to old age within a few years
Many older pets live out the remainder of their lives in shelters or are euthanized to make room for more adoptable animals. This is a heartbreaking end to the life of a once cherished pet.
If you’re thinking of adopting a shelter pet, an older dog or cat might be just the pet you need, so I encourage you to keep an open mind.
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