Our Senior pal
Sinja enjoys naps while I work.
Let's get started:
Why SO MANY Senior Dogs Need
Dogs are now living healthier,
happier, longer and longer lives due in part to better nutrition and advances in conventional and holistic
While this is cause for celebration
in my book it also presents the obvious challenge that:
Dogs are Too Often Dumped at the Pound
Senior dogs are frequently given up
in a flash when there has been a change in circumstances, such as a loss in the family, home foreclosure,
change of job or a move to a new town.
Some even surrender their senior
dog because they feel he has lived out his purpose...is no longer fun.... I have seen it happen with my
own eyes.. How sad :(
It's heartbreaking, but senior pets
frequently wait and languish in animal shelters for extended periods until they find a forever home. (if they
do at all)
that a typical dog available for adoption listing on their site is active for twelve weeks, but senior dogs
may be available four times that amount or up to 48 weeks !.
A major reason is that many
prospective adopters do not understand the benefits of senior dog adoption and opt for that cute puppy they see
online and meet.
So, in an effort to find more senior dogs
a forever home in as short a time period as possible, Petfinder named November Adopt a
Senior Pet Month, dedicated to
educating prospective new dog guardians about the wonderful senior dogs in pounds/ shelters, just waiting for a new home.
Some GREAT REASONS
Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior
"What you see is what you get - You don't have to guess how big he's going to get or what her personality will
be like when she's fully grown.
Many senior dogs have lived in homes - You don't have to teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks. Often, they understand
house rules and will fit into your home more easily. Older pets are typically already housetrained and well
past the chewing phase, so no need to worry about your shoes or furniture.
Older dogs are often calmer - While most senior pets still enjoy exercise, they usually require less
time-consuming, intensive walks and playtime. Many seniors are happy with short walks or romps in the yard, and
the chance to be your cuddling companion.
you more - Senior pets deserve to spend their golden years in the dignity
of a home... In return for taking them home, they'll give you all the love in their hearts.
Train- Older dogs are great at focusing on
you and the task at hand, because they're calmer and more experienced than puppies and young dogs
Not a Round the Clock
Job- Grownup dogs don't require constant
monitoring like puppies do.
Messes- Older dogs are likely to already be
housetrained-and even if they're not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast
(unlike puppies). ...seniors also are much less likely to be destructive chewers.
You Won't Bite Off More Than You
Can Chew- A puppy or young dog can be an
8- to 20-year responsibility, which may be cause for concern by senior adopters. Providing a loving home for a
dog in her golden years can be a shorter one.
Dog-Save a Life (sound familiar?) - Senior dogs are often the last to be adopted at pounds and the first
put down for space. Save a senior dog's life and you'll feel the rewards every day you spend
together.End Reference ASPCA
YOU Save the Life of a Senior Dog?
If the reasons above make
sense to you, then you have something in common with us and thousands of happy families,
senior citizens and singles throughout the nation and worldwide who would save the life of a senior dog. All smart and savvy dog
people I assure you :)
If you know
anyone who is thinking about adopting a new best friend why not suggest a senior dog as the
possible best choice for them and/or their family!
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