- Pets and Animals
5 Reasons To Adopt An Older Pet
Cats And Dogs - Adoption
As many of you already know, there are numerous reasons to adopt an animal from a shelter and I would like to share five good reasons for adopting an older pet. I know, I know, puppies and kittens are so cute and sweet and they will certainly give you a lot of "aaaawww" moments, but I promise you - the older ones will do the same. I am not a professional but I have some experience with dogs and cats from shelter, especially with the older ones, so this is not a lens about pros and cons in any way, it is simply about positive things from my point of view.
( Image credits by Ninche )
When making a decision to have a pet, there are many things to consider: what is your lifestyle, how big is your family, is your place suitable, how experienced you are with animals....so it is absolutely personal decision! Also, every animal has a different character and different story.
Before We Start...
Do older pets deserve a new chance?
1. Less Energy Level - Not So Demading
Grown cats are - grown ups. It means that they don't need constant supervision, they don't sleep/eat/poop every hour or so as when they are just few months old, and their character is pretty much developed and as such is - less demanding. It is the same with dogs.
Toys For Cats
Web Sites About Pet Adoption Information
There are many great and informative web sites that can give you right answers when it comes to this subject.
Also, you can find animal shelters in your area and find out more about it.
2.Old Dog, New Trick? - You Bet!
Older dog can be trained and can learn a discipline! They can quickly adopt to new environment and create a bound with new owner. Rescued dogs are often very loyal companions and appreciate new, loving home.
We adopted a 13 years old dog who grew up in a yard and she immediately learned her place and limits in our flat.
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
3. Home Alone - No Problem
If you have a busy life and don't spend much time in your home, older cat or a dog might be good solution: over the time we took few cats from shelter to stay with us after they've been neutered ( to stay in sterile place ) so they can recover and have better chances of finding a home ( all of them are happy with new families, btw ). Cats just find a nice spot and have a nap during the day! They will explore your flat but in a graceful way. Older dogs are the same: leaving them for working hours shouldn't be a problem - most likely they will - have a nap.
Perfect Place To Take A Nap
4. Special Bound - Gratitude
It is true when they say that what you see is what you get - you immediately know the size of an animal, how it behaves...and then there is this special bound that develops between you and the dog or the cat. Cats are, I believe, more independent while dogs are more involved in our every day activities, but both will show you love and appreciation.
Few months ago I had food poisoning so I was in bed for couple of days - I felt weak and couldn't get up. Our dog ( who's been with us for a month at that time ) was constantly by my bed, just looking at me, licking my hand...she actually took care of me.
Clean Up After Your Dog!
This practical doggie waste dispenser pack is very helpful. No more forgetting to take a bag along with you and awkward situations or silly solutions to clean up after your dog!
5.Great Company - No Doubt About That
Many dogs and cats from shelters are socialized because they already lived with humans. If you already have a pet, they should get along quite fast if you properly introduced them. To be honest, having two instead of one pet can be helpful because they keep each other company.
Both, cats and dogs are great companions, they love to be around us as we love to have them around.
Read And Learn More
There Are Many Other Reasons To Adopt An Older Pet - Great Promo Video
Global Awareness Is Important - Poem from Montgomery County Animal Shelter
I think this poem is great closure for this topic.