While most pet owners have started to adopt, not shop, most people are quicker to bring home a rescue puppy or kitten than a senior pet. These pets end up in shelters for various reasons after spending most of their lives with a family, but regrettably, they often don’t find new homes.
To raise awareness about the benefits of bringing home an older dog or cat, November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Learn more about Adopt a Senior Pet Month and how you can celebrate.
What Is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?
Adopt a Senior Pet Month was created by the ASPCA and petfinder.com to remind people of the benefits of adopting older pets. Often, these dogs and cats end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Their owners may have passed away, fallen ill, or moved. Sometimes, senior pets are surrendered to shelters when they develop medical problems that the owners could no longer afford.
These pets have a much harder time finding homes. Prospective owners may be concerned about health problems or don’t want to bring home an older pet that may not live very long, leaving these dogs and cats spending their golden years in a shelter rather than snuggled up with a loving family.
How to Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Want to do your part for Adopt a Senior Pet Month? Here are some ideas:
If you have room in your heart and home, bringing home a senior dog or cat for Adopt a Senior Pet Month is the ultimate way to celebrate the holiday. These dogs and cats deserve to spend their golden years safe, comfortable, and loved. Adopting a senior pet makes a world of difference for them and you, too.
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