The Benefits of Adopting an Older Pet

This November, during National Adopt a Senior Pet Month we are focused on finding our older furry friends a new home! Those who are thinking about adopting a new pet don’t often first consider bringing home an older pal. Of course, a new puppy or kitten is exciting, but so are senior pets! There are so many reasons why adopting an older pet may be just the right fit for your family.

People often overlook senior pets when they are eager to become new pet owners. However, there are many benefits to adopting senior pets that may outweigh adopting a few week old pup.

3 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

1. A More Relaxed Pet

For starters, senior pets are great for folks who are looking for a calm pet, have small children, and often have to be away from the house.

There’s a stigma that adopting a senior pet may not be as fun as adopting a youngster. We’re here to prove differently! Senior pets can be both playful and know when to relax, unlike most puppies or kittens.

And, if you’re new to pet ownership, an older dog may be the perfect place to start. Older pets can be easier to handle, making your favorite hiking trail a breeze.

2. Senior Pets are House Ready! 

Oftentimes, older pets already have manners and can be trusted to not destroy your new couch while you’re away from home. An added bonus is that potty training has likely already been established. In addition to outsmarting your younger pups, your senior pet is still able to learn a few tricks!

Another benefit of bringing home an older pet is that it is likely that their health conditions are already known. This allows you to be able to prepare your home exactly how you need to make sure your furry friend is comfortable and healthy.

3. The Perfect Companion

Just like humans, animals know when they are being loved and cared for, especially older pets. When you adopt a senior pet they are ready to be your best friend!

Not only can you help these pets find their forever home, but you can enjoy numerous health benefits. Having a pet makes it easy for owners to spend more time outside and meet other pet loving friends. In addition, our furry pals can help decrease our blood pressure, cholesterol and anxiousness.

The next time you consider adopting a new friend, consider a senior pet. You may just be giving them a shot at a new, long life in their forever home!

Looking to bring a Senior Pet into your family?  Connect with our local pet partners or other local rescues to find the perfect one:

And, if you decide to add a furry friend to your family, we’d love to help you find natural pet food, treats and supplements to help keep your new pal healthy and happy!  You can shop our selection here and pick up in store or call us for curbside pickup.  Find the Pet Pros in your neighborhood.