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10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Make the Best Companions

Often times senior pets get overlooked when people want to adopt. Everyone thinks the cute little puppy or kitten will be the best addition to the family, but what about the senior pets? Older pets are just as great, if not better for making a wonderful family addition. They make the best companions and truly understand the meaning of getting a second chance at life. In just a short amount of time they will be loyal and loving members of your family. Not convinced? Here are ten more reasons to adopt a senior dog and a senior cat.

 

Spike is a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix who's excited to meet his faithful companion.
Spike, a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix.

Why older dogs make great companions:
1. Older dogs are house trained. There’s no need to stress about going through the stages of teaching a puppy all of the house manners – your older pup has already got it down!
2. Those puppy teeth are long gone and you won’t have to worry about a teething puppy chewing up your shoes or furniture.
3. They’re easier to train because they don’t have as much energy and are more focused.
4. They are much wiser; they know the rules and are aiming to please their owners!
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs understand what it means to be rescued and they know that they’ve been given a second chance. They are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be in a loving new home of their own and they will show you every day how much it means to them!
7. What you see, is what you get. The sweet and mellow older dog has already grown into their personality. There won’t be any surprises!
8. Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and any other things you might want to do.
9. They aren’t as demanding. Although older dogs still need exercise, they don’t require as much attention as a younger puppy.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

 

Oscar is a handsome 11-year-old male kitty who can't wait to charm you with his purrfect personality.
Oscar, a handsome 11-year-old male kitty.

Why older cats make great companions:
1. When a senior cat is adopted, they seem to truly understand the meaning of being rescued and are very thankful for the second chance.
2. Senior kitties already have their CAT-tastic purrsonalities, you’ll know if they are a good fit for your family right away!
3. Older cats are more trainable due to their longer attention span and impulse control.
4. A senior cat most likely already knows the basic household etiquette like not attacking your feet as you walk by!
5. Most likely your senior cat is already litter box trained and is less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. You know exactly how big your cat is going to get! If you feed your cat the appropriate amount of food, your cat will stay the same size and you’ll know how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats love to relax just as much as you do! They make great couch companions unlike kittens who have a lot of energy and often times get into mischief because of their boredom.
8. Have you ever heard of a cat nap? Senior cats make great napping buddies!
9. Older cats are well aware of what scratching posts and toys are for; they will turn to these things instead of your furniture.
10. Senior cats tend to stay the longest at a shelter – when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life!
Next time you’re thinking about adopting, be sure to take a second look at those amazing senior pets! You won’t regret your new found companionship with a happy senior pet. AND don’t forget to stop by Seattle Humane next weekend – we’re matching our seniors with seniors! The adoption fee is waived for all cats 7 years and up and receive $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 7 years and up for anyone 60 years or older. Complete your family at Seattle Humane today. View more of our adoptable pets at www.seattlehumane.org.

November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month!

Meet Jamie, a sweet 10-year-old Chihuahua mix ready for some adventure!
Jamie, adopted Nov. 4, 2014!

Now is the perfect time to adopt a senior pet. Why? Because November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month, and senior pets are just the best! All month long the fee for adopting a senior pet will be reduced!

A majority of senior pets come to us due to no fault of their own. Sometimes their owners become too ill to take care of them or they just don’t have the means to make owning a pet possible anymore. Our senior pets are so special and deserve that extra special love and care!

When looking for the perfect pet it’s easy to go for the cute little puppy, but what about that adorable older dog? Most of us tend to overlook the senior pets. What you didn’t take into account though was the countless hours needed to be spent with a new puppy. Many senior dogs already know all their doggy manners and are a lot more manageable! Shelters are filled with happy, healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home.

As you are looking for a dog, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for numerous reasons!

Senior dogs need love and homes just as badly as younger pups. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone, and for whatever reason they were given up and are in need of a new home. They make loving and loyal companions, just like any other dog!

Queenie is an inquisitive 11-year-old girl, ready to be your new snuggle buddy!
Queenie was adopted in November 2014!

Just add love! All they need is love. Older animals adapt to their new family after a little love and time. You might not be their first family, but they won’t show you any less love! They will quickly shower you with love and you will become his love and only family! Older dogs have been around the block and they already know what it takes to get along with others, they will be a part of the family in no time at all!

They know they have been given a second chance at life. More mature dogs and cats truly understand that they have been saved and given that second chance. You can see it in their eyes, that they are saying, “thank you for saving me.” Older dogs are often the last to be adopted, so you can be a hero!

Make great companions for any age. Senior pets typically have a more relaxed temperament which makes a great pet for the young and the elderly alike! Our younger children can benefit from a senior pet who is more tolerant and may already be well socialized with the younger kiddos. More mature people also benefit from our senior pets because they are more likely to be aligned with their energy level. They will still need the exercise, as does any pet, but they aren’t going to need to run a marathon every day!

This little guy is Timmy, an 8-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix ready to become a part of your family!
Timmy was adopted in November 2014!

They are super-loving companions. Like we said above, senior pets typically already have a more relaxed temperament and know what it takes to get along with everyone! Older dogs already know how to make a great loving, loyal companion and late night snuggle buddy. We often get emails from adopters who have adopted wonderful senior pets telling us how it was an instant bond and they couldn’t be happier with their choice!

What you see, is what you get. There won’t be any surprise growth spurts or major temperament changes. They have already grown into their body and personality so you know they will be a good fit for you and your family.

They aren’t a 24-7 job. Grown-up dogs don’t require the constant monitoring puppies do, they allow you to have more freedom. They already have their routines set in place, and enjoy their relaxing and nap time. Older animals are mellower than younger pets and more emotionally mature.

This fluffy sweetheart is Baxer, she's an 11-year-old loving girl awaiting your visit!
Baxter was adopted in November 2014!

Training is a lot easier. A senior pet may already know some basic commands and they will definitely be more responsive to learning more. They have more focus than a puppy or a kitten. They are also wired to please their human friends and are faster learners. Also, older dogs are likely to already be housetrained—if they aren’t, like I said above, they are fast learners! Your furniture will also thank you because they are less likely to be destructive chewers unlike puppies who are in their prime teething years.

They’re cute! Plain and simply put, senior pets are just oh so cute and deserve a second chance at life!

Need we say more? Senior pets are the best! You will quickly learn this too if you adopt one! Stop by Seattle Humane all month long to enjoy this special senior pet adoption promotion.

For the month of November, all senior pets get their age discounted from their adoption fee for pets 7 years and up!