A Paws For Pets — National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

By Susan Rodabaugh, York Adopt A Pet

We are very busy this month at York Adopt-A-Pet.  We have our annual Tinsel and Tails Holiday Bake Goods and Home Décor Fundraiser, Saturday November 4, from 8-11 a.m. We will also have our cat and dog treats for sale.  It will be a good time to start buying your stocking stuffers for your family pets.  There will be some holiday and Christmas decorations which can be purchased on a budget. Come see what we have to get you into the holiday spirit.

In addition, it is also National Adopt A Senior Pet Month. This reminds people of older cats and dogs who are in shelters and waiting to be adopted. Pets are the easiest way to bring warmth into your life. So if you are thinking about getting a pet, consider opening your heart to a senior animal. Puppies and kittens are cute, but adopting a senior animal can be a life-changing experience for you and that pet. Not only are older pets often easier to handle, but they can be just as loyal and loving as the younger ones.

Many people walk into a shelter hoping to adopt a puppy or a kitten, while overlooking the older animals living in the same shelter. Older pets are seen as less desirable; however, they are often easier to adopt than younger animals. The ASPCA and petfinder.com founded Adopt a Senior Pet Month to help improve the perception surrounding senior pets. Their aim is to present senior animals as quality candidates for adoption.

One misconception older animals suffer from is that they are in shelters because of their destructive or bad behavior. Though this is far from the truth, there are many reasons why a pet would end up in a shelter. Many of these senior pets were once someone’s faithful companions. Changing home circumstances, financial restrictions, death or relocation can have adverse effects on a pet’s life. These pets have much to offer and they are usually very adaptable. Younger pets can be adorable, but they also demand a lot of attention and can be destructive and very hard work to keep up with. Usually, an older pet can easily fit into your lifestyle and adapt well to a loving new home.

Senior pets are often the last ones to be adopted from the shelter. Most never find a home and spend the rest of their lives caged inside a shelter.  If you could adopt a senior pet, you’ll be a hero to that pet.  You’ll have an instant companion to a pet that is already trained.

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