With more than 350 adoptable animals at our Port Washington, N.Y., campus at any time, there’s no question the perfect senior pet is here waiting for the day when he or she can take that long awaited car ride to their new home and feel the cool breeze in their fur as they enjoy a new chapter in their lives. There’s no debating that an adorable puppy or kitten can put a smile on your face that extends from ear to ear, but a dog or cat in its golden years can do the same thing, while also making the pet parenting process much easier.
Featured below are a just a few of the amazing seniors waiting to meet you in our adoption center, along with Animal League America Supervising Veterinarian, Dr. Marina Tejada’s outline of the perks of adding an older pet to your family.
Unlike their youthful counterparts, senior pets tend to have better manners, cutting down the amount of time and energy training takes. Most are housebroken and know basic commands. In case you’re wondering, you can definitely teach old dogs new tricks.
Less Mischief, More Calm
It’s no secret puppies and kittens like to play with everything! Unless you’re careful your new pair of shoes or your potted plants can become their new play-thing. Older pets are less destructive, instead they are more disciplined and focused.
No More Guesswork
Choosing an older pet takes out a lot of the guesswork of choosing the right animal for your lifestyle and home. Older pets have already reached their adult weight and have established their temperament, so finding your perfect match is a snap!
Companions for Anyone AND Everyone
Senior pets make great companions for young and older pet owners alike. Because their size, temperament, and energy level is well established, an owner of any age will find the right companion for them.
It is well -proven that owning a pet is relaxing and calming. It even lowers blood pressure! Senior pets tend to have a calmer, mellow attitude. Meaning your time with your senior pet, is a relaxing session from the beginning, no need to expend a puppy’s energy to get them calm.
Full of Wisdom
A rescued senior pet seem to know that they were given a second chance. They develop an instant sense of devotion and loyalty to their new owners. When you adopt a senior pet, you’re gaining a grateful and faithful companion
Overlooked No More
Senior pets are often over-looked in shelters. No senior pet should spend their golden years in a cage. They deserve a home where they can spend the rest of their lives being spoiled and given the attention and love they so rightfully deserve. By adopting a senior pet, you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you have provided them another opportunity to live the life they deserve.