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For the Love of Senior Pets: Celebrating National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Senior pet month

At Operation Kindness, we love all our animals, especially our senior pets! November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is a great time to remember the special qualities senior pets bring to our homes and lives.

Why We Love Our Senior Pets

According to the World Animal Foundation, puppies enjoy a 60% adoption rate while older dog rates lag behind at 25%. While older pets can be overlooked because of potential health risks or concerns about ingrained behaviors, there’s many special reasons why an older pet would make an especially welcome addition to one’s home. Our partners at PetSmart Charities shared many reasons why senior pets make ideal companions. Here’s just a few benefits to consider:

  • Bonding with senior pets can be a bit easier because they’re more likely to be calmer, more experienced and house-trained.
  • For those in search of a fellow “couch potatoes” to watch movies with or even to lay low while working, senior pets can be the perfect match.
  • Whether it’s their preferences or their personalities, pets in the golden years may be more transparent.
  • Living with senior pets can inspire their people to slow down and take time to stop and smell the roses.
  • Adopting senior pets ensures peace and better health in their final years and helps shelters to ease the overcrowding.

Your Senior Friend is Waiting for You

Ready to bring a senior pet into your life? Check our adoptable dogs and adoptable cat pages, where you’ll find up-to-date information on the animals we have available for adoption. You can even filter the pages by age to connect with our senior animals that are ready for a loving home. Making room in your heart and home for a senior pet is a rewarding experience we can’t recommend enough!

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