As November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Humane Society of Missouri encourages potential animal adopters to consider an older, possibly overlooked animal to add to the family.
“Adopting a more mature pet may be a better fit for your home over a playful puppy or curious kitten,” states a Humane Society release.
The Humane Society of Missouri shares reasons why a senior pet might be the right animal for a person or family:
• Lots of love to share- Senior pets have love to give adopting a senior pet gives them a second chance at life with a family who will love and appreciate them.
• They are not a 24/7 job- While a puppy or kitten can be an exciting addition to the family, people often underestimate the time it takes to monitor and train them. Adopting a senior pet allows you to have the benefits of a pet without the time and energy involved in caring for a young animal.
• They enjoy a laid-back lifestyle- Older animals often have a more relaxed and easygoing personality. They require less attention and activity than a young animal.
• Most are already house trained- Many senior pets have been around humans long enough to understand easy commands and know how to behave in a household setting. A senior pet has already learned acceptable behavior and is quicker to understand what you’re asking of them.
For more information about senior pet adoptions, visit www.hsmo.org.