National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Old Boxer DogYour new best friend might be anyone but new; he or she just might be a senior pet. November is “National Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and a time worth considering the many benefits of senior pet adoption.

Mature dogs and cats have many advantages when compared to their younger counterparts, yet are often the first to face death or permanent homelessness as adopters overlook them in favor of puppies and kittens.

How Older Pets End Up In Shelters

While senior pets are in shelters for many of the same reasons as younger animals, they are often surrendered or abandoned simply as a function of their age. Their previous pet parents may be ill or elderly themselves, and no longer able to care for them physically or financially. Some mature pets are given up by their families as they age, and become sick, incapacitated or simply unable to participate in activities they enjoyed as younger animals. Others are cast aside when their guardians tire of caring for them, or become intolerant of the inevitable infirmities of an aging pet. Read the rest of this entry »