An Older, More Refined Rover!

This story in accordance with Senior Dog Adoptions

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 feels good!

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 unconditionally.