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ADOPT A SENIOR PET

Giving home to an older pet can be an enriching experience. Seniors bring so many benefits

The exhausting days of training are long behind them, and they are settled in their ways and radiate tranquility. On the other hand, many mature dogs and cats are still young at heart and aren’t so different from their younger counterparts. People who are thinking of adopting an animal should weigh up the advantages of maturity – and consider opening their hearts and their doors to a senior.

Here are some of the benefits that senior animals can bring

Size and character:

You don’t have to guess how big the animal will grow or how its character will change over time, because a mature animal is already fully developed. This makes it much easier to decide whether it’s a good match for your family.

Social compatibility:

Older, well-socialised animals can usually integrate well into a household that includes other animals. Their maturity are often makes them more tolerant, and they tend to avoid stressful situations.

Training:

If you take on a senior pet, you usually don’t need to worry much about training. Seniors have generally had some training already and understand basic commands. They know what’s expected of them. But that doesn’t mean older animals are boring. Owners can have fun teaching their companions plenty of new tricks. That’s exciting for both of them.

Stimulating environment:

Senior animals are often less demanding than youngsters when it comes to attention and exercise. This makes them particularly suitable for people who want a pet but may have a little less time and energy to devote to it. If you like company, an older dog could be your ideal companion on short walks.

Stress reduction:

It’s well known that living with animals is good for your well-being. Energetic puppies can enrich your life, but so too can chilled-out seniors. With their calm, relaxed manner, they help to slow things down and reduce stress levels.

Fewer lifestyle changes:

While puppies keep their owners busy with training (and protecting the furniture!), seniors have less impact on their owners’ home and lifestyle. They’re already trained, and they let their owners get a good night’s sleep.

Gratitude:

Older animals have a wonderful capacity to appreciate the little things in life. They enjoy good food, plenty of rest, a place of their own, and the care and attention of their two-legged friends. Their calm manner makes for relaxed coexistence. Many owners are overwhelmed by the deep gratitude and love that senior pets show.

Costs:

It is often assumed that an older animal will be more expensive to keep due to age-related complaints, but this can be minimised. Animal shelters put a lot of effort into giving their animals the best veterinary care before rehoming them. If the new owner pays attention to key issues such as providing a balanced diet, an appropriate level of exercise and mental stimulation, they can give their senior pet a long life with only occasional visits to the vet.

Saving a life

If you adopt an older animal, you can look forward to sharing your life with a grateful and contented friend. And in countries where animals in shelters are euthanised after a certain length of stay, adopting a senior pet will also mean saving a life.