The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® has designated November as Adopt a Senior Pet Month. The Brownsburg Animal Clinic team joins the ASPCA® in encouraging you to consider welcoming an older dog or cat into your household.
Kittens and puppies are cute! But adopting an older pet has advantages.
- Adult dogs and cats need less monitoring and training than puppies and kittens do.
- Many senior pets up for adoption are already house-trained.
- Senior pets tend to be less destructive than younger ones.
- Senior pets are already mature and fully-grown, so you know what to expect in terms of size and temperament from the beginning.
- Opening your home and heart to a senior pet is a nice thing to do.
Senior pets are the least likely to be adopted from shelters. Your decision to adopt a senior dog or cat offers obvious benefits to the pet, allowing them to enjoy their remaining years in the comfort of a loving home.
To help you make a better-informed decision about adopting an older pet—and to help any of our clients provide better care for aging pets—we’re linking to a video from the American Veterinary Medical Association titled, “Elderly Pets and Your Veterinarian.” In less than six minutes, the video provides a good overview of health concerns of older pets.
Finding Your Senior Pet
If you’re interested in adopting a dog of a specific breed, visit the American Kennel Club’s Rescue Network. Visit the Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue website to find surrendered and abandoned purebred cats available for adoption.