So, you want to adopt an Senior Pet, huh? Great idea! No pooch is
old for love. Puppies are only puppies for a few months after all,
right? Here's some food for thought and a few reasons why adopting
adult might be the best option for you:
Housebreaking: A puppy or kitten can require constant attention.
puppy can hold his bladder just one hour for every month they've been
alive. For instance, a 3-month-old puppy will need to empty his
bladder every three hours! And yes, that does include the middle of
the night! An adult dog's bladder is already fully developed. Shelter
dogs are most often already house-trained and rescue groups make sure
their adult dogs for adoption are housebroken before they go to new
homes. You also have the advantage of knowing that your dog is
physically able to "hold it" for several hours at a stretch.
cases, adult dogs are by far easier to housebreak than puppies. You
can teach an old dog new tricks!
Many Senior Pets in shelters or with rescue groups are already trained
and ready to go! Adults have a much longer attention span than
puppies, too, which means they're easier and faster to teach. Adult
dogs already have recognizable personality traits, so you'll be able
to select one who is great with children. Many rescue groups use
foster homes to make sure each dog for adoption is trained to be well-
Personality: With an adult pet, what you see is what you get. Their
personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the
characteristics you're looking for. Shelters and rescue groups are
able to assess the personality of each pet for adoption, and carefully
match you up with the right dog or cat for your lifestyle.
Senior Pet adoption = an instant friend for
life: Ask anybody who
adopted an adult dog or cat, and they'll swear their bond with their
rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and
home to an older dog or cat who needs help, they really do show their
appreciation for the rest of their life! Pets who have been uprooted
from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond
completely and deeply with their new human caretakers who they view
heroes. Pets who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue group
because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family
usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however,
they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero---YOU!
matter what circumstances brought them to the shelter or rescue group,
most older pets for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and
attentive pets and extremely loyal companions. But first you have
Senior Pet adoption = truly saving a life: When you adopt a senior
or cat, you are doing the ultimate good deed. Let's face it: a lot
people think they want a puppy or kitten, but not everyone is lining
up to adopt the great seniors! Did you know that every year, approximately
4 million adoptable animals are killed? You can be sure there are a LOT of dogs
and cats for adoption out there. With such a huge overpopulation
problem, buying a pet from a breeder or pet store sadly contributes
this tragedy. Rescue groups that specialize in Senior Pet adoption
work very, very hard to help adult dogs and cats find good homes.
Rescues are almost always made up of a group of volunteers. They often
keep their pets for adoption in their own homes while they assess
their health and personalities. If a pet needs basic training, often
the rescuer will provide it. If a pet needs medical treatment, many
dedicated dog and cat rescuers pay for it out of their own pocket.
These people are incredibly passionate about rescue, and they work
tirelessly to make sure every pet finds a home. Nothing is as
rewarding to these heroes as a successful adoption!