|An Older, More Refined Rover!
Senior dogs and cats make great companions,
yet sadly, they are often overlooked in our nation’s
shelters when it comes to adoption.
Playful and energetic puppies and kittens
catch the attention of potential adopters, while the
quieter and reserved animals fade into the background.
NHES wants to take this time to remind folks that the
benefits of an older cat or dog are numerous and well
worth a read-through!
Not only are these experienced pets often a
bit more “civilized” than their younger counterparts,
but many have already acquired some basic training. Most
of these candidates will be past the chewing stage, and
so dad’s slippers will be safe. Many rescued, older dogs
are housebroken and most cats are litter trained.
Older dogs and cats have the advantage of
known personality and temperament. Most shelters have
adoption staff to help you choose the pet that is right
for you. A mature pet also allows you the benefit of
knowing its’ full-grown size, so the 100 pound lap dog
will not be a surprise!
Cats and dogs that reach their senior years do
have certain requirements that will help them maintain a
healthy, happy life. More frequent visits to the
veterinarian are a good idea – “wellness” checks to keep
tabs on any health changes. Older companions do require
more sleep than they did in their younger years. Regular
grooming is a must for older animals, especially if your
pet fails to do it him or herself. Grooming helps to
stimulate the skin and coat and additionally, it just
So, why not give a mature cat or dog that
second chance? Caring for an older animal gives us the
chance to be needed, wanted and of course, loved