In the spirit of pet adoption (and the fact that we have several amazing pets looking for their forever homes at my hospital), we are starting our celebration of this amazing cause, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th! Even though social media and microchipping has aided in reducing the number of lost pets and increasing the number of adopted pets, the ASPCA still estimates that over 860,000 cats and 670,000 dogs are euthanized annually due to no one adopting them.
In the dark cloud of those statistics, let’s talk about a few reasons to adopt a pet and especially an older or adult pet. As you may have seen from my exuberant social media posting about my canine companions, two of my dogs are recent adoptions and “older than dirt”. You may not be into taking home a pet older than you (in dog years) or that requires two, numbered birthday candles on their cake, but I do recommend taking a peek at those longing faces past the row of adorable puppies and kittens. Here’s my case, older and adult pets tend to be past their chew/pee/flail spastic stages, may be a lot calmer in general, require less of your training time and provide more of that quiet, Sunday afternoon companionship we all dream of. An adult pet is less likely to annoy your current four-legged companions and to top it off, they tend to have a lower adoption fee!
So, before you ooh and aww at those fluffy little ones, please take a peek at the slightly more mature, but just as wonderful adults, and maybe even a senior pet looking for their forever home!
Check out #WhyIAdopt for amazing adoption stories and inspiration!