When people go out and think of getting a new pet, oftentimes they think of puppies and kittens, and all the joy that comes with bringing them into the house. But many don’t know that bringing home a senior pet can be just as rewarding and more enjoyable than bringing home a young pet.
There are many benefits to adopting a senior pet or a pet that is past their puppy years. Many times you know what you are getting in terms of their personality. Puppies can change so much as they develop into adults throughout the first two years of their lives, before they grow into who they really are and their personalities are more predictable. This is especially true if the pet you are looking at is in a home environment, such as a foster based rescue.
Another joy of adopting a senior is that most of them have lived with families before. It is possible that they are already professionals at the basics! Potty training and house manners will have been trained, so you don’t have to worry about those puppy potty breaks at midnight! Most of the work that goes into raising a puppy have already been done so you can get right to the fun part of enjoying your relationship with your pet.
Generally speaking, senior dogs are over 7 years old and cats are over 12 years old. They can fit into a variety of homes. Some senior pets thrive in busy homes since they can relax on the sofa and watch the activity without having to necessarily be in the activity, some will fit seamlessly into a calmer and relaxed home. Do research on the breed(s) and ask questions to find out their personality and see if they are the best fit for you. Some breeds take longer to settle into their golden years- some embrace it early! Remember that their personalities will be more predictable than a puppy and the organization that you are getting them from should have a good idea of what they need for a happy home.
If you are thinking a senior pet might be a good fit for you, you can find them in many places. Shelters and rescues often have seniors that are looking for a happy home. Sometimes senior pets are also rehomed as families undergo changes such as medical emergencies, move into care facilities, or other reasons through no fault of their own.
Senior dogs have a lot of love to give, and like to cherish their time with you! They generally will transition fairly easily to a new home. The puppy antics are over and they are calmer and ready to fit into your home and fill your heart with the love they have to give!