Save a Senior
If you’re thinking about adopting a new canine fur baby in 2019, you might be daydreaming about all the ways in which puppies are just too unbearably cute. I don’t want to discourage that, but, today I ask you to consider the benefits of adopting an older dog. Perhaps after reading this you will find it is a better fit for you…
Many people associate older dogs with higher vet bills, or sadly, less time to spend together. While these are legitimate reasons for wanting to explore your adoption options, adopting a younger dog isn't a guarantee against these things (for instance senior dogs have lower food needs than growing puppies do and need less in the way of training treats, toys, and behavioral classes). Read on for the top reasons to adopt an older pet:
We are Easy Peasy. Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Hogwash! Older dogs are great at focusing on you and the task at hand because we are calmer than youngsters. Plus, all those years of experience reading humans helps us quickly figure out what you’re asking.
Additionally with a senior you have a much better idea of what to expect relative to size, temperament, level of time needed for care - and seniors have the potty training thing already nailed.
Like sleeping? Me too. And puppies are little geniuses when it comes to disrupting the precious stuff while a senior dog is usually more than happy to accommodate your rest schedule.
Another bonus, as seniors are well past the teething age you get to keep your shoes without putting them (or your new dog) on lockdown. A lovely bone or chew toy is all your senior fur baby needs to curb their urge to chew, while also helping to keep their teeth clean.
Grownup pets don’t require the constant monitoring puppies and kittens do, leaving you with more freedom to do your own thing. If you have young non-furry children, or just value “me time,” this is definitely a bonus.
Additionally, older dogs have been around the block and are adaptive. We have already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. We’ll be part of the family in no time! And canine retirees, although still needing daily exercise, are ideal for the less active folk.
What I am saying is that it's important that seniors get a second chance too. Senior pets are often the last to be adopted and spend the longest time waiting for their new family. Keep in mind that saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment that you will enjoy every day you spend together.
My name is Billie. I am a vibrant 11 year-young male Hound and Boxer mix. I was not expecting to end up homeless but my person passed away and I had nowhere to turn. Although I receive wonderful care here at Second Chance I am sad and not adjusting to shelter life. I am happiest when with people, although I like other dogs just fine, and I love to hike and play fetch with them. So, what are you waiting for?
Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.