Roll over, playful puppies. Step aside, cuddly kittens. This month, seasoned seniors have the spotlight, as Petfinder.com has dubbed November Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!
If you’ve never shared your life with a senior pet, you have a truly rewarding adventure ahead of you. Often overlooked by adopters, senior pets bring so much love into a home. And much more! They’re wise. They’re usually house-trained. They adapt quickly to their new home. Their personalities are fully matured, so you’ll have fewer surprises — “what you see is what you get.” And they’re truly grateful that you’ve chosen them to be a part of your family.
In honor of Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, we want to share with you several resources that can be useful to you, whether you’re looking to adopt an older pet or simply want to learn more about the experience of sharing your life with one.
Petfinder.com, probably the most widely used website for pet adoptions, offers a tremendous database of pets of all kinds for adoption. Of particular relevance for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month are several short videos dedicated to senior pet topics: Adopting Senior Dogs; Older Cats; and Caring for Your Aging Pet. You owe it to yourself to check out the videos!
Senior Pets NYC
Senior Pets: All They Need Is Love is a quarterly newsletter and blog published by Joan Antelman that is dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for displaced older dogs and cats in New York City and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking to adopt an older pet or not, we hope you’ll visit Joan’s blog and meet the spectacular seniors awaiting adoption featured in the newsletter. And don’t pass up a visit to Bodie’s Beagle Blog, where you’ll view some of the most memorable senior beagle faces you’ll ever see!
The Grey Muzzle Organization envisions a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. To that end, the organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. In honor of November’s Adopt-A-Senior-Dog Month, The Grey Muzzle Organization is hosting a Virtual Old Dog Walk on November 19 for senior dogs. Learn more about this unique organization and find out how you can participate in its Virtual Old Dog Walk this month at www.greymuzzle.org.
Most Mayor’s Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) have senior pets in their care awaiting adoption. There’s probably an older dog, cat, or other pet just waiting to meet you and win your heart. To locate a shelter or rescue group in your area, view our APO list.