Consider the Distinguished Senior Pet!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 4:15pm
Small grey shih tzu wearing adopt me vest

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we think it’s the perfect time to consider bringing a special, older animal companion into your life. After all, what could be more in the spirit of the season than giving an older adoptable a new home for the holidays? Adopt now, and they’ll be all settled in and part of the family by the time you’re decorating your tree or lighting the menorah!

As you know, shelters are full of animals of all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages, but the older ones are typically the most difficult to place. Yes, puppies and kittens are hard to resist, but senior animals have so much love to give—plus, when you adopt an older pet, you know what you’re getting into: They’re fully grown, their personalities have developed, and many are already trained. Senior pets can be great matches for senior people and others who enjoy a less active lifestyle.

If you’re inspired to give a senior pet a chance, please visit your local shelter soon! And if you’ve already opened your heart to a golden oldie, tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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I've adopted two senior boxers and have kept them until it was time for the rainbow bridge. I hope I gave them a nice end of their life. I only had each of them for 2 yrs. before it was their time. I know seniors are dumped into shelters when they start showing their age. I found it heart-breaking to lose them so soon. I also lost my old dog I raised from a puppy due to cancer. I have visited two local shelters hoping to find a new dog, but now I want a younger one that I will be able to keep for a longer time. So far I haven't found the right one. Unfortunately, most of the dogs in our local shelters are pit bulls and crosses. too big for me and not usually cat friendly. One loving home available for the right dog here.


I have adopted a shih Tzu at 7 years old. I had him for ten years. He was the best dog. Another leash of life. Last December, I took in a 13 years miniature poodle. He is just what the doctor ordered. I couldn't agree more with Melissa's post. Seniors have so much love to give and, they know that you have saved them.