I photograph a wide range of animals but the seniors have always stolen my heart. In my experience it’s the best part of our time with them and when they’re at their most loving.
Sadly, animal shelters are full of older pets. I’m not going to get into the reasons for this in detail here but let’s just say you’d be shocked at the number of dogs and cats surrendered because their families decided they just wanted a new puppy or kitten and “traded” their senior in. The most tragic part of this is these loving pets have among the lowest adoption rates and are often euthanized.
You can help, though. November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet month . If you or someone you know is thinking about bringing an animal into their lives please, please consider adopting a senior from a local shelter or rescue group like Muttville Senior Dog Rescue or Give Me Shelter Senior Cat Rescue
- Senior doesn’t always mean old. A senior animal is technically one that’s 8 years or older. For many animals –especially smaller dogs– they’re just getting started!
- Very, very trainable. Let’s not get too cliche and talk about teaching old dogs new tricks (oops) but often, older animals have more focus and patience.
- Less work than puppies or kittens. Senior animals tend to settle in quickly and, unlike puppies and kittens, typically don’t require constant monitoring or vigilance.
- Better for kids. Much of the time, adoptable senior dogs and cats come from family households and are used to being around children. Definitely confirm this with the shelter or rescue group first but in my experience, many older animals become part of a family very, very quickly.
- Did I mention the love? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve worked with a recent senior dog or cat adopter who’s told me it’s by far the quickest-forming, most intense and genuine bond they’ve ever shared with a pet.
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