5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

We've Entered November, Adopt A Senior Pet Month!

If adoption has been on your mind, consider adopting an older dog or cat.

Instant Friendship

Most senior pets already know how to interact with humans, and have experience listening to and loving an owner. In fact, those who adopt senior pets tend to believe that their new furry family member knows just how fortunate they are and that they greatly appreciate the second chance at happiness that their new person has given them. From their perspective, life is good! They are grateful for cuddle time, an extra treat, and—most of all—extra attention.


Ahh, what a beautiful thing. If you’re looking for a couch potato, an older pet might be right for you. In dogs, the counter-surfing, garbage-raiding, paper-shredding, sock-stealing puppy or young adult is a total hoot—but he’ll keep you busy all day long. The senior dog is way beyond such mischief; it’s beneath his dignity and wisdom—and the more poise he has, the more rest you get.

According to Sleep.org, older dogs require a bit more sleep than puppies.

This, on top of their overall lower energy levels, makes them a great choice for certain families. That being said, even senior dogs and cats still need some playtime. 

*Other great information on this topic can be found in: Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?

What You See Is What You Get

Adopting an older pet gives you instant knowledge, you’ll know from the start important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. This can be especially important for soon-to-be pet owners with limited space or particular living situations. This can make it easier to pick the right pet. If you’re not into surprises, adopting a senior dog or cat might be right for you!

Senior Pets Are Typically Already Trained & Housebroken

Older pets are more likely to be housebroken and have doggie manners. If their training is still a bit lacking, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick up skills fast, unlike puppies. Senior dogs also are much less likely to be destructive chewers, so no need to go through the hassle of hiding your shoes! Basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down," are probably already learned and will come easily to them. Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog. By adopting a senior dog, you could possibly bypass the hard and stressful work of house-training.

But Most Of All, They Need A Home

Adult dogs are often passed over by potential adopters, unfortunately. Many older pets were once owned and loved by someone. For one reason or another, they found themselves in a shelter and are in need of a new home through no fault of their own. Just like puppies, kittens and younger adoptable pets, they make loyal and loving companions. And they’d love to prove it! 


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