The Golden Years: Why Senior Pets are the Best

Thinking of adopting a new pet? Consider adopting a senior. Why? Here are five reasons:

1. They have better manners. Often, senior pets have already been socialized and learned
basic commands, like sit, come, stay, and down. Most are house trained (but if your
senior pet needs a house-training refresher, you should be able to get her trained in a
couple of days—see number 2 below!). And, if you value your shoes, furniture, and
other belongings, a senior pet will be less likely to be destructive than a new puppy or

2. They’re focused and smart. Unlike their younger counterparts, senior pets can more
easily focus on tasks and on learning new commands. Senior pets are attentive and
eager to please their humans, so training typically comes easier, whether you do it
yourself or call a professional trainer. (If you do it yourself, remember to always use
positive reinforcement training methods!)

3. There are a lot of them. Sometimes, a family has to move and can’t take their beloved
pet with them. Other times, a pet owner may have health problems or pass away.
Whatever the reason, there are many more senior pets than puppies and kittens
available for adoption, so you can basically custom order your furry companion.

Looking for a particular breed? (There are a lot of breed-specific rescues all over the country!)
Want a certain color? Size? One that doesn’t shed? One that will love laying on the
couch all weekend with you? Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a senior shelter pet
out there that will match your criteria.

4. They’re calm. If you want a calm, relaxed companion, a senior pet is your best bet.
They’ve already burned all of that wild energy that comes with youth, so you can focus
on spending quality time together without having to chase around a hyper puppy or

5. You’ll be a hero. It’s heartbreaking to think of a senior pet spending her final months or
years alone in a shelter. When you adopt a senior pet, you’ll be a hero to that dog or
cat, providing the happy ending she deserves and might not have had otherwise.