Hey Old Friend!
Roll over, playful pups! Move aside, cuddly kittens! This month is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, and seasoned seniors are getting the spotlight!
If you’ve ever shared your life with a senior pet, you know what a rewarding and satisfying experience it can be. But sadly, senior pets are often overlooked by adopters who don’t seem to appreciate the tremendous assets they bring into a home.
Luckily, many adopters do recognize that senior pets are wonderful and appreciate all they have to offer: They’re wise, usually house-trained, adapt quickly to their new home. Plus, their personalities have matured so their behaviors are known—what you see is what you get. Because they have been around a bit longer and have experienced more than a youngster, seniors are especially well-suited for families with children. And for the older adopter, a senior pet will probably fit right into their lifestyle. Senior pets are also especially grateful that you’ve chosen them to be a part of your family.
If you’re thinking about adopting a new companion, we highly recommend you consider adopting a senior pet. Most of the shelters and rescue groups that participate in the Mayor’s Alliance have senior pets in their care awaiting adoption. There’s probably an older dog, cat, or other pet just waiting to meet you and win your heart. To locate a shelter or rescue group, visit the Alliance website.
In honor of Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, we want to share with you several other resources that might be useful to you, whether you’re looking to adopt or foster an older pet or simply want to learn more about the experience of sharing your life with one who may already live with you.
Petfinder.com offers a tremendous database of pets of all kinds—and ages—for adoption, and makes it easy to locate older pets. The website also features several short videos dedicated to senior pet topics that you might enjoy, including Adopting Senior Dogs; Older Cats; and Caring for Your Aging Pet.
Another great resource for lovers of older pets is Senior Pets: All They Need Is Love (SeniorPetsNYC.org), a quarterly newsletter/blog dedicated to finding loving foster or permanent homes for displaced older dogs and cats in the New York City area. If you’re looking to adopt or foster an older pet, you owe it to yourself to visit the site and meet some spectacular seniors awaiting adoption. You can also visit Bodie’s Beagle Blog where you can meet some truly memorable senior Beagles up for adoption!
Imagine a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. The Grey Muzzle Organization envisions that world, and seeks to improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.
If you’re planning to adopt this month, make it a senior. You might be surprised how quickly your new acquaintance will become your best old friend!
– Steve Gruber
Director of Communications Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals