November is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month
Looking for a four-legged companion? Consider adopting a senior pet! The beauty of adopting a senior cat or dog is that what you see is what you get!
Mickey is a 7-year-old Boston Terrier and he’s been waiting for his forever home since July. Based on his behavior, you would never know that Mickey is a senior. He is always on the go and loves to explore. He’s a little anxious in the shelter, after all he’s been here for so long, but once you take him for a walk he settles down nicely. Mickey is a wonderful little dog and know several commands. He loves to go for car rides and napping on the couch, if you listen closely you’ll hear him snore. Mickey does have only one eye, but no one knows the circumstances of how he lost it. Please Note: Mickey is currently in a foster home – if you are interested in meeting him please call the Brewster Adoption Center so the staff can arrange a time for me to return to meet you.
According to Maryann Regan, Director of Shelter operations at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, “There are many reasons as to why you should consider adopting a senior pet. For the most part, older pets have passed their critical development stages. Therefore, the personality you see is the personality you get. This might help an adopter make a successful match for his or her lifestyle. For example, senior animals can be calmer and perhaps better trained than their spunky, younger counterparts. For many, this is important criteria in their adopted animal. Some people might also have limitations on the physical characteristics of an animal. For example, the size and weight of a dog might be a determining factor perhaps when living in apartment style housing that has size limitations in the rules and regulations. With an adult or senior dog, what you see is what you get. This too can guide adopters in making the adoption decision that is right for them.” If you’re looking for a calm cat or dog it’s likely that you’ll find a senior pet that fits those criteria. Additionally, with a senior pet, you don’t have a deal with house training; they’re typically already housebroken.
The most compelling reason to adopt a senior pet is that these animals deserve to live out the rest of their lives in a loving home.
We hope you’ll open your heart and home to a senior pet this November. If you’re unable to adopt we hope you’ll consider donating to help us care for senior pets like Mickey.