Adopting an Older Pet

Have you ever considered adopting an older pet? For some reason, most people want a puppy or a kitten. Older pets might be in a shelter because their previous owner has passed away, needs to be placed in a convalescent hospital, or just can’t take care of the animal anymore for a number of reasons. If there is no family member to care for the animal, it most likely will be placed in a shelter. Since older pets are not as likely to be adopted, they may be euthanized before they can find a forever home.

Many older pets are already trained, housebroken, and are very loving. It may take them some time to adapt to a new family, but older pets have loads of love, companionship, and loyalty for the family and its members that takes it in. Older animals are most likely up to date on their injections and spayed or neutered, so you won’t have to worry about the expense of having it done by a veterinarian.

While it may be true that an older pet may not live in your household for as long as a puppy, but why should that make any difference? For as long as the pet lives, you will have a friend and loving member of your family, and you will feel good about taking in a pet and offering it a forever loving home.

Adopting a puppy or kitten is nice, but older animals need a home also. When thinking of adopting a pet, please consider an older pet; they will love you, and you will feel good about it.

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4 thoughts on “Adopting an Older Pet

  1. I adopted an older cat after one of my other cats passed away. His previous owner died but he was very affectionate and loving and a great addition to the family. We always feel bad for the older ones in shelters.

  2. I appreciate your comments here. What about health issues? Wouldn’t
    older pets be more likely to have health issues that could get costly? I am
    asking because I know our family may eventually be getting a dog and I
    know that is one of our concerns.

    Abigail

    1. Good question, Abigail. Yes, it is true that older dogs may have some health issues, but than so do puppies, and certain breeds.
      I mixed dog is less likely to have health issues than pure breds.

      Most shelters will allow you to have a veterinarian to take a look at the animal for health issues. I did and found a cat that I wanted to adopt had some blood diseases and had to be put down because of it. I got another cat. Most animal rescues take care of health issues. I don’t know about most city or county shelters. Some people have had to deal with kennel cough with dogs from city and county shelters.

      It is a risk, but for the most part, not a big one. I hope you do adopt an older animal. They will love you.

  3. Thank you for your response! I will definitely take that into consideration.

    Right now, we live in a tiny RV and it would not be fair to get an animal
    that might need to be inside. We did, however, have a kitty that just
    showed up and adopted us. So I was able to convince my hubby to let us
    keep him. You can see him here:
    http://littlervonthehillside.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/videos-of-our-kitty/

    Unfortunately, he gets into scraps with raccoons. We have tried to create
    a safe shelter for him outside. I think it might be helping.

    Abigail

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