November: Adopt a Senior Pet
Posted By SLCo Animal Services
November 04, 2019
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month:
November is dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes, if you have been considering adopting a four-legged friend, consider an older dog or cat in need. Salt Lake County Animal Services has programs for seniors.
While we all agree that puppies and kittens are adorable, there are so many reasons that older pets make a great option for families looking to adopt a pet. Often senior pets are the last to be adopted from shelters.
What you see is what you get:
When adopting a senior pet, you know exactly what you are getting. Their personalities are already developed, you will know their size, energy level and health status, this can help you know that they will be a good fit for your family.
Older pets typically are much more mellow than puppies and kittens and are often content just relaxing and enjoy your day to day routine.
Most senior pets are often already trained and may even be skilled at all the basic commands. This does not mean you cannot teach them new tricks, often they are much easier to train than younger animals. They are more physically and mentally established and this allows them to better understand what their human is asking of them.
Senior pets are often not a 24-hour commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Senior dogs are often mellow and do not require constant attention, training and exercise, this does not mean that they don’t still love to play and enjoy time with you adventuring, they just do not require the focus and energy that a puppy or kitten may.
And last but certainly not least LOVE:
Senior pets seem to know they have truly been rescued and they are grateful for the second chance that they were given to be a part of a family.
Please consider opening your hearts and homes to senior pets.
Considering adoption? Take a look at our Senior to Senior program at Salt Lake County Animal Services. Anyone 55 years of age or older adopting an animal 5 years of age or older we will do a FREE adoption.
You can view our animals available for adoption at adoptutahpets.org or come into Salt Lake County Animal Services anytime during our business hours Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.