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november senior pet month

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
November 06, 2018

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November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes. If you have been considering adopting a four-legged friend, consider opening your heart and your home to an older dog or cat in need.

While puppies and kittens are adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:  

  • Older pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already house trained.
  • Senior pets are fully grown, which means you know exactly what you are getting and have important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.

Understanding the personality of an animal is a key part of making the right match for your family as well as the pet you are adopting. Puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities but with a senior dog you will know right away what kind of personality they have. What you see is what you get! Senior pets take the guess work out of questions like “How big will they get”, “What is their energy level like”, “How much training will this pet require?”

When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.  Senior pets have so much love and compassion to share, and they really make wonderful companions. 

Can’t adopt? Consider fostering. It can make all the difference to senior pet in need to be in a home instead of a shelter kennel. Not only is it less stressful on them but you are able to give them the chance to shine and be seen in a way that they otherwise may have been overlooked in a shelter.

Salt Lake County Animal Services has a wonderful program called Senior to Senior where we offer anyone 55 years of age or older adopting an animal 5 year of age or older a FREE adoption! Learn more.

Interested in our foster program? Email fosters@slco.org to learn how to become a foster parent.

To take a look at the wonderful seniors available for adoption at Salt Lake County Animal Services visit our website or come in and meet them today at 511 W 3900 S.

When you decide to adopt a senior pet and give them the comfort and companionship in their later years you truly become their hero!