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Adopt A Senior Pet

Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at 9:45 PM

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Lily
There are many senior pets in shelters all across the U.S. They end up there for many reasons. Many are left behind as their owners pass away or become too ill to care for them. November is Adopt A Senor Pet Month. Lily is just one senior pet available for adoption here in our community. There are many reasons to opt to adopt a senior pet rather than a puppy. Petfinder has put together this list outlining the advantages of owning a senior pet.

Adult and Senior Dogs Are Already Emotionally Mature

Puppies turn into adolescents at lightning speed. That babyish furball you bring home will turn all legs, ears, nose, and energy in another four months. Adolescence in dogs begins at six months and lasts until anywhere from eighteen months up to thirty-six months, depending on the breed. Small dogs tend to mature physically more quickly than big dogs do, but all dogs are quite immature mentally and emotionally until they are at least two or three years old. They continue to need training, lots of exercise, and ongoing socialization throughout this developmental period.

Adult and Senior Dogs Are Great for First-Time Dog Parents

If this is your first dog, or if you cannot devote the time necessary to train, socialize, and exercise a young or adolescent puppy properly, an adult dog could be a better option for you. If you're not sure, talk to people who are currently raising puppies or have done so recently to get a realistic picture of what it's like. If dealing with puppy pee on the carpet and needle-sharp teeth in your toes for months on end sounds like too much chaos for your taste, adopt an adult.

You Know What You're Getting with an Adult or Senior Dog

When you choose an adult dog, you have a pretty good idea what you're getting. You can see her physical traits and get some idea of her basic temperament, even though dogs in shelters and dogs newly in rescue foster homes may not always show their true personality right away. Still, with the guidelines we offer you later in this book, you can select a behaviorally sound dog who will improve and blossom once settled into your loving home.

Adult and Senior Dogs Will Love You as Much as a Puppy

If you are concerned that an older dog won't bond to you, don't be. Dogs are remarkably resilient and open-hearted. Some completely overcome their pasts in a matter of days; others may take a few weeks or months, and a few will carry a little baggage for even longer than that. Working with your adopted dog to help her overcome any hurdles necessary to enjoy her new life can be an incredibly rewarding experience -- and result in a long-term, loving relationship

If you are planning on adding a new pet to your family, please consider adopting rather than buying. There are lots of great animals out there including Lily.


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All of our animal friends are adopted. Out of 16 current pets, only one was intentional, while the rest just appeared and left us with no choice. However, we love them all.

One of our most endeared friends (pet) was a full-blown Senior when she arrived. We lost her about 6 months ago to old age but in the the three short years she was with us, it was pure love, on both sides.

We presume Sophie's previous human must have had to move someplace where pets could not go. She would not have been left voluntarily, but whoever made the decision, chose to drop her off in the country.

She was NOT a country dog and not an outside dog, but somehow she avoided the coyotes, bobcats, cars etc. and found her way to us. I did a double-take when that little ball of white fur was scurrying around by our goldfish pond.

I could go on and on about her life with us, but suffice to say, it was a true blessing to this household. Her spending the rest of her life with us was a gift.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 24, 2011, at 8:13 AM

Another Senior adoptee is Sandy. She resembles Lily but black in color and she is our best behaved canine. She loves to ride anywhere (like Sophie did) and would like to be a lap dog, but she is just a little too big to sit in my lap for a long time. (Sophie was the right size, but preferred to sit next to me, not on me)

Sandy is also the most fearless and protective of the home. She will be on the edges of our yard patrolling way into the night, while Shelly and PITA are asleep in the greenhouse. I guess they know she will sound the alarm if something comes up.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 24, 2011, at 8:21 AM

Older animals rock!! i adopted my mom's cat last month when mom passed away. Angel is partially blind, she is a Ragdoll and she ADORES my husband.. My husband is quite smitten with her also.

Any animal that can be adopted from a loving family is wonderful...

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Nov 24, 2011, at 12:38 PM

When we adopted Zeus in 2009, we thought he was nearly 10 years old. When he was turned over to rescue by a family member of the original owner, he provided 'papers' for a 10 year old registered Siberian Husky. The rescue doubted both counts - he was much too big for a Sibe and had the Mal coat and his teeth looked more like 6, 7, or 8- but listed him as a special needs senior nonetheless.

When I first saw his profile, I knew immediately he was the one for us. I did not care that he was a senior and our time together might be limited nor did I care that he was a seizure dog and that he would need daily medication. AFter nearly 2 years together he is still going strong and I would make the choice to adopt an older dog (whether middle aged or senior) again. The young ones go so fast and we don't mind the extra health care costs. The love that they give is more than worth it.

-- Posted by malamutemom on Fri, Nov 25, 2011, at 10:08 AM

My resuce dog was older when we got him and he has been the love of my life. They will love you and be loyal all they want is love and attention, ok maybe food :-) but yes seniors are wonderful cats and dogs both.

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 8:48 AM

I recently adopted a pekingese from a shelter. He has no teeth and nerve damage in his spine. His owners took him to a high kill shelter and he was somehow transfered to yet another one before a rescue found and took him.

Adopting this dog has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had in my life. My whole family loves him, he sleeps in the bed with me and my husband. They said he's about 8 to 10 yrs. old.

I was looking for a pekingese puppy when I came across him online. I'm so glad I found him, I love him disabilities and all.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 2:03 PM

Kimberly:

Here's wishing you as Happy a New Year as the animals in the Humane Shelter will receive this coming year. As an officer and a board member, I know how concerned you are with the care they receive. In your later years, I hope your caregivers will attend to your needs as well as those who are there now. s/o

-- Posted by spikee on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 4:25 PM


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