Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Sometimes forgotten amongst the most known like Alzheimers and Diabetes, November is also National Adopt a Senior Pet month.  The advantages to adopting a senior pet are vast, such as:

  1. Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.
    They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down. Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
  2. Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
  3. What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
  4. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
  5. You can custom order your senior pet. If you’re looking for a short-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adoptive dog to get along with cats, again, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptive dog who is a perfect companion for your family.
  6. You can adopt a purebred pet if you want. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.
  7. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
  8. Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
  9. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
  10. You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!

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Top 5 Reasons to Adopt

Beginning the search for the most perfect pet can be overwhelming, but one thing is definitely a very simple choice to make: adopting a pet is a much better idea than purchasing one. There are countless reasons to choose adoption over buying from a pet store or a breeder, but here are just a few of them that’ll be sure to convince you.

You’ll Save a Life

A shelter pet is more than one in a million.   2.7 million is the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.

Adopted Pets Are Healthy

Most shelters will give their animals vaccinations and health screenings, and it’s common to even spay and neuter pets before putting them up for adoption. It’s a common misconception that pets end up in shelters because there is something wrong with their health or behavior. The reason is usually more related to a person’s circumstance: a divorce, a big move, or financial hardship.

Adoption Saves Money

In addition to having a lower up-front cost than a breeder or a pet store that’s supplied by puppy mills, you won’t have to pay for the vaccinations and other medical costs that shelters take care of for you.

You’ll Help Putting an End to Puppy Mills

You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.

Endless Benefits

When you adopt,it immediately allows other to see what you’ve done. This is not only good for bragging rights, but also because it spreads the word to others who may have never heard or thought about adopting and allows them to see how grateful and healthy your adopted pet is. Your adopted pet will have an appreciation like you’ve never imagined, because they truly know that you’ve given them a second chance to live the life they deserve. Many pets from shelters are already house trained, so the weeks of cleaning up messes won’t occur with an adopted pet. You can chose their age, temperament, size, etc. If you have a family, you’ll be setting an example for your children about the importance of adoption and how rescuing a pet is saving it’s life and the lives of many others.

An adopted pet can enrich your life in ways both big and small. The unconditional love and loyalty of a dog or cat can lift depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up in the morning. A kitty asleep in your lap feels warm and comforting. A dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly. There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.

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Rescuing Xena

Rescuing Xena

Pictured here is Xena. She was rescued by Red Paw after her house was intentionally set on fire. Her parents were murdered in the house prior to it being set ablaze, and Xena was rescued in an abandoned building two days later. The owner of MSI, Joe Fiorilli, is fostering her after several months of being in a kennel. She shortly became well adjusted to living in a home and is up for adoption. Even if you can not adopt or foster a dog, donating to such organizations like Red Paw Emergency Relief allows such people like Jen Leary to save lives.

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