Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Considering a Pet? 8 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Shelter Pet...

A Note from S.J. Francis:
I love animals. All animals. Small and large. Wild and domestic. Baby and senior and in between. Senior Animals are the best. I speak from experience. I've raised all my babies until they were seniors and passed over the Rainbow Bridge. I've also adopted senior animals and those with special needs and I have no regret about any of them. I currently have five pets, two dogs and three cats. All are rescues and three are all Seniors. Seniors are the best. As the post below says, they're no trouble at all. For the most part, they're mellow and relaxed. I need not say anymore. This post says it best. If you considering adopting a pet, please do adopt and don't shop. Please Adopt a Senior Pet. Everyone loves to adopt babies, puppies and kittens. Seniors are usually left behind in favor of those. Not me. 
Make adoption your first option, always. There's no better way to save a life.
Cheers! S.J. Francis

8 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Shelter Pet

When you’re considering adding a new pet to the family, it can be tempting to go with the cutest puppy you can find. Shelters are also full of senior pets in need of a home. However, these loving animals are often difficult to place due to their age. Despite this, there are some big benefits to adopting a senior pet.

Skip the Housetraining Stage
Senior dogs typically come fully housetrained, so you don’t have to worry about stepping in puddles if you let them out of your sight for a moment or getting up every few hours to take them outside.

You Don’t Have to Teach Them Everything

These dogs often have picked up at least some basic commands over the years, such as “no” or “sit.” Older dogs can learn new tricks, too, and their longer attention spans can even make them easier to train than a rambunctious puppy.

No More Puppy-Proofing
Most older dogs are well past their chewing stage, so you don’t have to worry about whether you left your shoes out and are going to find them shredded. Senior dogs that do still want to chew have usually learned to stick to appropriate chew toys.

They’re Great for Easygoing Families
Even the calmest puppy requires a great deal of training and exercise, but senior dogs tend to be more mellow. They’re also often more accepting of unfamiliar situations and tend to settle into their new homes more quickly.

You Know What You’re Getting
Puppies can be unpredictable, especially if you don’t know their backgrounds or medical histories. With a senior dog, you know the dog’s size, color, coat, and personality.

You’re Getting a Healthy Dog (or Cat)

Shelter dogs of all ages come with their shots and having been spayed or neutered, but senior dogs come with the added benefit of a thorough medical history. You don’t have to worry about a hidden genetic issue, such as hip dysplasia, that may come out later.

They Fit Into any Lifestyle
Older dogs are far more flexible than puppies and are typically happy to stay at home or head out for an adventure. You don’t have to worry about socialization or waiting until a vaccination series is finished before heading to dog-friendly areas.

You’ll Be a Hero to a Deserving Pet

Many senior dogs spend a long time in the shelter and may become depressed. Some have been separated from long-term homes that were unable to care for them. Adopting a senior dog saves lives, and they repay it with kindness and gratitude. For more inspiration, read about these lucky senior dogs who found security and love.

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Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 

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