November is Adopt-A Senior-Pet Month. Cats and dogs (rabbits, guinea pigs and even mice) are united on this one!
Ruby will celebrate her 5-year anniversary with us later this month. She was between 6 and 8 when we adopted her so now she’s 11 or 12ish. I didn’t set out to adopt a midlife/senior dog, but I didn’t rule it out either. I trusted that the right dog would find us – and she did.
Ruby entered our life a month after Pip passed away. I was still grieving and she quietly curled up by my side and waited (and waited) for me to be OK. Finally I was thanks in big part to her.
Your perfect fit, once-in-a-life-time dog (or cat) is out there waiting for you right now – don’t let a silly thing like age get in the way of finding each other!
Disclaimer: This post is universally approved by cats and dogs (of all ages) everywhere.
10 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet
1. Senior pets have already sowed their wild oats. No terrible twos, turbulent teens, mid-life crises. Been there, done that. They don’t call them the golden years for nothing.
2. Senior pets make great couch companions. Senior dogs and cats won’t judge you on those days you stay in your pajamas and watch Netflix all day.
3. Senior pets make great listeners. Senior dogs and cats have mastered the art of listening or at least the art of making you think they are listening. What did you say again?
4. Senior pets sleep through the night and the day. No late night walks and they are totally OK entertaining themselves (kicking back on the couch) while you are at work.
5. Senior pets have been to the dog park, around the block, and to the top of the cat tree. Senior dogs and cats know that the best place to be is by your side.
6. Senior pets CAN learn new tricks. But ain’t no one time got time for that (because naps).
7. Senior pets have maturity and grace. They won’t hop on the counter or climb on the table during dinner, eat your underwear, chew on the couch, or knock over the garbage can – or at least not every day.
8. Senior pets are always in style. Grey whiskers are the new black and senior dogs and cats wear them oh so well.
9. Senior pets don’t care how old you are. Let’s face it you are not getting any younger either. Why not grow old together?!
10. Senior pets bring a lifetime of good karma. When you adopt a senior dog or cat, you are literally saving a life. Serious good karma coming your way!
Please celebrate Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month by adopting or foster a senior dog or cat because second chances are amazing whether you are on the giving or receiving side! Want to read inspiring senior adoption stories? Check out Rusty and Mango’s stories! Don’t forget to sign up for our email list for more rescue fun and lots of Ruby cuteness.
Thanks to my dear friend, Bryn Nowell for the use of her lovely photographs (3 & 5)! Please visit her blog A Dog Walks In The Bar for more amazing photography, funny stories, and dog friendly breweries!