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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

If you have thought about adding a new furry-friend to the family, you might think that getting a puppy is the only way to go. Puppies are so adorable and fun, but you can go to a local shelter and look at adopting a senior (usually 6 or 7 years old) dog.

Here are 10 benefits of adopting and adding a senior pet to your family during Adopt a Senior Pet Month this November.

  1. What you see is what you get: Older dogs are an open book – you know what their full-grown size is, what their eating and grooming requirements are, and they will have established their temperament and personality. This will help ensure that this is the right dog for you and your family!
  2. They have MANNERS: Most senior pets are already house trained; unlike a puppy; and are familiar with the basic commands (come. sit. stay.) that will make your life easier, especially if your house has young kids! Older dogs are eager to please and enjoy the mental stimulation, they also have experience in reading humans which will help them quickly figure out how to do what you are asking.
  3. An older dog is past the chewing phase: Anyone who has had a puppy that chewed furniture, shoes, rugs, and anything and everything they can get to…you can now relax, you won’t have that phase when adopting a senior dog.
  4. A senior dog requires less exercise: You might be experiencing this already…as we age, we all slow down a bit. Same goes for a dog, they will be less frisky and rambunctious than a puppy, so the requirement for exercise will be far less.  (They still enjoy walks and exercise, just not as often!!)
  5. They are not a 24-7 Job: Dogs in their older years will not require the constant monitoring like puppies do. You will have more freedom to do your own thing.
  6. Just Add LOVE: An older animal will adapt to a new family given love and time. You might not be this dog’s first family (or even second or third), but once you adopt and shower him with love, you will be his only family!
  7. Great for all ages: Senior pets have a more relaxed temperament which makes them excellent companions for the young and elderly. More mature people benefit with an older dog companion that is aligned with their energy level and lifestyle, and children can benefit from an animal who is more tolerant and may already be well socialized with them.
  8. They know they have been given a second chance: Talk to anyone who has adopted a mature dog and they will tell you that they are convinced their pet knows they have been saved. Just one look in their eyes and you can see that they are saying, “Thank you for saving my life.”
  9. Be a HERO: At shelters and rescues, older dogs are more than always the last to be adopted. Taking one home will give you an emotional return on your investment, and you will feel the rewards every day you spend together!
  10. They are Cute…do you need any more than that?!?!

If you are interested in visiting our local shelters to meet some adoptable senior pets here are some of the local shelters that we would recommend visiting first.  A.D.O.P.T. Pet ShelterHinsdale Humane SocietyNaperville Area Humane Society and West Suburban Humane Society.



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