Senior pets hold a special place in many peoples' hearts. Whether they've been family companions since puppy or kitten-hood, or adopted in their golden years... senior animals are special souls. In November, Woods, along with other animal care facilities across the country, celebrates "Adopt A Senior Pet Month" by spotlighting dogs and cats
over 8 years old. The top 10 reasons to adopt a senior animal are (with a little help from Muttville):
Older animals are typically housetrained. You'll be glad you missed potty-training stages and "House Manners 101".
2. WON'T CHEW INAPPROPRIATE ITEMS
Older animals have grown out of teething times and won't use your new shoes or favorite furniture as chew toys!
3. FOCUS TO LEARN
Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
4. KNOW WHAT "NO" MEANS
Older dogs and cats have learned what "no" means. Most would not have made it this far without some basic understanding of "Good boy" and "No (digging, chewing, jumping, biting, scratching...)."
5. SETTLE IN WITH THE "PACK"
Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. GOOD AT GIVING LOVE
Older dogs and cats express gratitude and love for their second chance at life through their kind eyes and gentle gestures.
What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies and kittens, older animals have grown into their bodies and personalities. Young animals have a lot of growing to do, and significant changes occur throughout their younger years.
8. INSTANT COMPANIONS
Older animals are instant companions - ready for things you like to do from car trips with your canine to snuggle sessions with your favorite feline.
9. TIME FOR YOURSELF
Older animals are not as demanding as puppies or kittens as they don't require the training and constant attention that younger animals do.
10. A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Older animals let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.