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10 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet TODAY

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.

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

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.

Adopt a senior cat during Adopt A Senior Pet Month

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?

Adopt a senior dog during November

Photo credit: Bryn Nowell, A Dog Walks Into A Bar

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).

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and a great time adopt a senior cat!

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!

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month - Why not adopt a senior dog today!

Photo credit: Bryn Nowell, A Dog Walks Into A Bar

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! 


  1. November 9, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Seniors are awesome, but I just could not adopt one. Lives are so short as it is, I can’t imagine them being even shorter, and I want my dogs to do sports which works best when they start as puppies. Maybe one day when I’m a real senior myself.

  2. November 9, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Hari Om
    All good points!!! Congrats, Ruby, for finding this home of homes!!! hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. November 9, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Seniors rock and deserve every bit of happy they can get!

  4. November 9, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Bravo Bravo bravo for this beautiful post
    Hugs Cecilia

  5. November 9, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Mom says that she would love to give a Senior a home. It’s been a dream of hers for quite some time now.

  6. November 9, 2018 / 10:18 am

    They do need us so very much. It’s so hard to lose them though. All good reasons here.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to Ruby. ♥

  7. November 9, 2018 / 10:32 am

    I definitely agree with these. There are a few people in my Dachshund Club that only adopt senior dogs. They’re so sweet and always well-mannered. Dignified you could say 🙂

  8. November 9, 2018 / 10:57 am

    These are great reasons to adopt a senior pet. Before I adopted Lola I wanted to adopt an older pet. But fate brought us together when she was seven months old. I guess it was meant to be because look at where she is today!

  9. November 9, 2018 / 11:06 am

    We had no idea Ruby was approaching 11 or 12. She looks so young. You do so much good for rescues, and for seniors. Great post. Mom says we are probably the last dogs she will have in her life, but we encourage others to look at those seniors and give one or more a good home.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  10. November 9, 2018 / 11:45 am

    We have two 14-year-old cats, and i agree they are much calmer and better behaved than the sin-year-old who still thinks he’s a kitten (can anyone say crazies in the middle of the night!?!).

  11. Hindy Pearson
    November 9, 2018 / 11:46 am

    November is my favourite month, and you are absolutely right – age should never stand in the way of what could be a beautiful life together. Except for Jack, I only adopt old dogs, the older the better. There’s something about giving a dog a home towards the end of their lives that makes my soul happy. While it’s wonderful anytime someone adopts an animal, no matter what age they are, I hope all these articles and a month dedicated to seniors will encourage others to give them a chance.

  12. November 9, 2018 / 11:49 am

    What a wonderful post and all great reasons to adopt a senior pet! We haven’t technically adopted a senior pet (yet), but Harley was nearly 10 when he officially became a foster failure. And he certainly acts like an old man! Haha!

  13. November 9, 2018 / 11:58 am

    I love my senior pup! Although I did get her when she was only a couple months old, she’s now getting up there in terms of years – although she has no idea!

  14. Sandra Hangey
    November 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    I can vouch that every thing you said here is TRUE… we adopted 7 year old Cooper back in 2002 and now we have adopted Big Boy age 5 and 1/2 and every single word of this post is true… Senior Pets are fantastic for Senior Humans…. easier to keep up with than youngsters.

  15. November 9, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I love your disclaimer — approved by cats and dogs of all ages! BOL! I may just have to steal that. Great post, too.

  16. November 9, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    We totally agree wif all your points. Mama says we also don’t care if you gain a few lbs cause we are probably gaining them too wif all the treats and naps we take. BOL MOL

    Matt & Matilda

  17. November 9, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    We love all your reasons. Mama says we also don’t mind if you gain a few lbs and nefur judge cause wif all our naps and treats we might be gaining a dew too 😉

    Matt & Matilda

  18. November 9, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Layla is now 11 years old, I rescued her when she was about 5 or so, no one really knows but having her grow old with me, is something I am loving and being Jewish I am keeping a very watchful eye on her. Seniors rock

  19. Chelle
    November 9, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Senior pets rock! I’ve had a few over the years, including my oldest dog who is almost 10 now, but I usually adopt them when they’re younger. I’m such a sucker for puppies, and getting a senior who most likely won’t live as long as a puppy would makes me rather nervous. My older dog, who I raised from a puppy, is really showing me the benefits of living with a senior dogs, though. Because of him I think I’ll be more open to the idea of adopting an older dog in the future.

  20. November 9, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    What a great list of reasons to adopt a senior pet! I work at a shelter and these cuties are often forgotten. It’s so sad…

  21. November 9, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Fantastic post! Up until Truffles and now Mudpie, all of my cats were seniors when I adopted them. I never regretted it for a minute!

  22. November 9, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Senior dogs are nice and broken in. You get lots of good things without the bad ones. You are getting more of a friend and less of a child.

  23. 15andmeowing
    November 9, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Excellent post. All dogs and cats need love.

  24. Idaho PugRanch
    November 9, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    If there is another pug in our future it will probably be a senior rescue
    Hazel & Mabel

  25. November 10, 2018 / 2:19 am

    I agree! I adopted Midnight when he was 12. He’s a sweetie.

  26. November 10, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I have to say our rescue Isabelle never looked or acted like a senior until she turned 17 (we rescued her from the street in Chile at 6 months). She was always a dream girl and seemed to so appreciate life with us. Another rescue Cookie was such an easy older dog when the girls were little but her time with us was too short. Kilo the Pug was with an older couple as a little puppy and a disaster- they couldn’t cope with all the work of a puppy – he still has issues- they should have adopted an older Pug. We got him at 2 but a lot of his training was starting from scratch. People should rescue the right dog that fits their lifestyle, age, energy and budget, often that can be an older dog.

  27. November 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

    What a wonderful post! Older dogs can be amazing, many times they make even better pets than puppies or very young dogs. They usually know the ropes a little already. Phoebe was around 5 or 6 when we adopted her. She has blossomed into the best dog! At approx. 9 years old, she still has tons of spunk in her. She lives for long walks and hiking with the family! My Husky Icy is 9 too now and she still thinks she’s a puppy LOL! These two keep me on my toes and enjoying life.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  28. November 10, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    We love senior pets since both our boys are considered seniors. Bentley will be 11 in December and Pierre is 7. This is a wonderful article.

  29. meowmeowmans
    November 11, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Awesome post! You are so right about senior pets being wonderful. All of our pets have been middle aged – senior, with the exception of Ava (who we adopted because she was not doing well in the shelter and as a shy/scared black cat, did not have a very good chance of being adopted quickly). Our 17 year-old Gracie is curled up next to me now. We love her so much!

  30. November 11, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Great post ! That’s a great list of good reasons for adopting a senior pet ! Purrs

  31. November 11, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    We have never adopted a pet as a senior, but gosh, have we enjoyed the pets we’ve had who have made it to their senior years. They are so special!

  32. November 11, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Senior dogs ca give so much love. And deserve it.

  33. November 11, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    As someone who is almost a senior I agree wholeheartedly!! seniors are the best with lots of love to give!

  34. Sweet Purrfections
    November 11, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I know it’s important to adopt senior pets and I admire those who can do it. I’m just now sure I could do it. Life is so short with our pets and I get so emotionally attached that I’m not sure I could handle all that happens with a senior pet. I know I’ll have to deal with it eventually with the girls, but I like to have plenty of time with them.

  35. November 11, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I hope more people start to consider a senior, especially if they don’t have the time for a puppy or kitten, how wonderful to have a companion who’s already calmed down!

  36. November 11, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Senior pets make great companions! I’ve been lucky enough to have several pets that lived to be fairly old. The Yorkie I grew up with lived to be 17 and our cat was also 17ish before he passed away. Most of my pets were quite young when we got them, but the shelter told us that Theo was 4-5 when we adopted him and so much easier than a puppy. When we went to the shelter, my kids liked Theo and senior German Shepherd mix, but were not interested in the puppies. I will consider adopting a senior dog the next time we are looking to add a dog to the family. As much as I love puppies, I think I’ll stick to adopting older animals from now on.

  37. Kamira Gayle
    November 12, 2018 / 8:37 am

    I agree with all of these points! Older pets are often overlooked but they add so much value to our lives.

  38. November 12, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Such a great post. My “babies” are all seniors now, and they sure are good listeners and do not care that I am getting older, too, and some days with my autoimmune issues, they certainly cheer me up. As a community, we need to take care of senior dogs. They have given a lifetime of love and devotion and deserve the same in their golden years. Love Ruby, she is such a sweetheart! Pinning this to share!

  39. November 14, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Pawsome post. The peeps set out to find an older cat when I found them. Their years of kitten sitting were over and then wanted a slightly older cat. They got me. While I wasn’t a senior—I wa about 5-6 months—now I am but I’m still a kitten.

  40. December 2, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    There are so many beautiful, well behaved senior dogs looking for a home! Thank you for making this post and spreading awareness about the huge benefits of adopting a senior dog.

    Puppies are nice, but they are a ton of work! I wish more people would adopt senior dogs.

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