Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is the best decision ever!
Adopt Don’t Shop – Adopting a senior pet is even more amazing.
When you’re ready, adopting a pet from an animal shelter is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. We encourage everyone to adopt pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations.
This is our senior girl Luna and yes that mat says HOPE, we thought this fitting 🙂
Our senior girl Luna (above) has lost her sight and moves slower now but she’s still has lots of love to give. Having a senior pet means lots of love and quality time. She’s a treasure.
Reasons why adopting a pet from an animal shelter/rescue is an amazing decision:
- You will be saving a life. And providing a safe, secure loving environment to a dog or cat who really needs it.
- Very often rescue or re-homed dogs are already housetrained and have some basic behavioral training as well.
- Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee.
- Rescued dogs or cats or those from a shelter usually have extensive evaluations done on them before going up for adoption.
- There’s so many dogs and cats to choose from, too many but you will have ample choices for choosing your new family member.
- Shelters and rescues usually have all kinds of resources to help you once you have adopted your new family member.
- You are helping to reduce the serious problem of overburdened shelters, they are so overcrowded all over country.
We’re so thankful that an amazing animal rescue organization scooped up our awesome Ollie from a kill shelter. I couldn’t imagine not having this sweet boy in our lives. Ollie is lovable, gives face rubs, talks to you and cuddles all while being a sassy cat with character. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter was our best decision ever.
We also encourage people to adopt senior dogs and senior cats, and know this doesn’t suit everyone. The most important thing about adopting a pet from an animal shelter is that is suited your family and lifestyle. We just ask, no beg everyone to please do their research on the breed/s of their potential pet. No one wants to see an animal returned to a shelter because the pet wasn’t a good fit.
When people do think of adopting a pet from an animal shelter they think first of puppies and kittens over fully grown dogs and cats. We too have included puppies and kittens in our lives and while we would never say don’t adopt a puppy or kitten. However, we do encourage you to consider a fully grown pet. There are so many benefits and advantages adopting an adult pet. You’d be in many cases saving a life but adding so much more to your family.
Until recently my daughter was hoping we’d eventually get another puppy. She was too young to remember how much work our Luna was as a puppy. After dog sitting Bentley the cute puppy below who is our neighbours new dog, my daughter changed her mind. She enjoyed playing with him however, after seven hours of following him around, taking him outside several times etc.. she was pooped. As I told her puppies are like babies. She has now decided she agrees with me an older dog is the way to go for our family.
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is not always an easy decision to make. There are great benefits to adopting both young and senior pets. My hubby always thinks she should get them younger as they will be with us longer. Yes it’s heart breaking when they cross the Rainbow Bridge. However, as I keep telling him, senior pets have so much love to give, you’re saving a life. Your making their time a happy one for as long as they are with you. You never know with any pet how long that is so enjoy your time and they have so much love to give in return.
Remember this sweet face? Our rescue cat Oliver. Just imagine if a rescue organization hadn’t stepped in, our sweet boy would have never been a part of our family.
Consider Adopting a senior pet! Check out the many benefits, as well as things to consider before adopting a senior pet here.
- There are no surprises with a senior pet. The puppyhood or kittenhood headaches of housetraining are well behind them, and their more mellow demeanor is a comfort to live with.
- Senior pets are also usually less destructive. The urge to chew and scratch is much less likely to cause problems.
- They tend to be more laid back. They like to play but for shorter periods of time.
December isn’t the only month to give back and you can help your local rescue with more than monetary donations. Check out a list of ways you can help that won’t break the bank here, many of which you can do as a family!
Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue organization FosterFurkids.com a website that connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters. To support the launch of FosterFurkids.com, the first 100 people that sign up to be a foster pet parent will receive a Petcurean care package
We hope that when you’re ready for a pet that you will always considering adopting as the best option.