Monday, January 3, 2011

Why you should adopt a senior pet

Seamus in his senior years with a foster kitten

Puppies and kittens are easy marks for people looking for pets. They are small, round and cute, and many people look forward to shaping and molding these small creatures into ideal companions. I mean, really. Just look at my 3-week-old foster kitten in this photo. Couldn't you just scoop her up and cuddle her to pieces? I know I could. 

But adopting a senior pet can be just as rewarding, and senior pets may make a perfect fit for a busy family. Even grey faces, like Seamus's in this photo, can light up with joy when they see a forever home. And they come with a lot of benefits.

Senior animals often need slightly less training than a young puppy or kitten. It's likely that a senior pet already knows the rules of a standard household, and may just need a refresher course on how you like to manage things in your house.

Senior animals are also often less rambunctious than younger pets, and would prefer to snuggle and sit close to you, rather than running with you or chasing a ball. Often, snuggle time is just what a person wants when looking for a pet, so this makes seniors just ideal.

Additionally, senior pets often have their personalities firmly fixed by the time you meet them. This makes it easy for you to determine whether the animal will be a good fit for you.

Pacific Pug now has multiple senior pugs in their placement program, some as old as 12. If you're looking for a new friend to help ease the cold winter nights, I urge you to consider taking one of these elder beauties home with you.