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5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

November 01, 2020

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. If you’re considering adopting a new furry friend, this is a wonderful time to do so. In fact, dogs and cats in their golden years make absolutely wonderful pets. A Bourne, MA vet lists some great reasons to consider adopting an older pet in this article. 

They Need Love

Senior pets are often put up for adoption through no fault of their own. Heartbreaking as it is, some people cruelly abandon older animals, often after years of loyalty. In other cases, they are surrendered due to unfortunate circumstances. These lovable dogs and cats tend to be very emotional and loving, and it’s really sad to see them in kennels. Helping one of these sweet pets is a wonderful thing to do!

Prior Experience

We love puppies and kitten, but baby furballs do need lots of training and care. One great thing about older pets is that they have already been trained. Fido likely already knows basic commands like Sit and Lay Down, and he’s most likely already been housebroken. As for Fluffy, well, she’s already a master napper! 

Less Destruction

Just like people, pets slow down as they grow older. Dogs and cats in their golden years have pretty much outgrown their mischievous phases. They aren’t prone to destructive acts, like digging up your flower beds or scratching your sofa. They also don’t need as much exercise or entertainment. Fido will happily spend his days dozing in the sun and enjoying belly rubs and ear scritches, while Fluffy may just want to curl up in your lap. 

Shorter Commitment

When you adopt a puppy or kitten, you may be looking at well over a decade of pet parenting. Older pets just don’t have that much time left. This makes them a great choice for anyone who wants a shorter commitment. That said, adoption is forever, so make sure that you’re willing to commit to caring for your new furry buddy for the rest of his or her life. 

They’re Adorable

Puppies and kittens are always super cute, but senior pets are also charming. Plus, they’re often extremely affectionate and loving. You may be surprised at how quickly your furry pal melts your heart! 

Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bourne, MA animal hospital, we’re dedicated to offering great care! 


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