If you’re ready to adopt, don’t limit your choices to puppies or kittens. Consider opening your heart to a senior pet instead. According to many who have, the experience has been a life changer.
Too often, senior pets are euthanized or live out their final days in discomfort and loneliness in shelters because of their age. Many were once the faithful companions of people who have moved to assisted living or nursing homes or have died. Others were surrendered due to changing circumstances for their owners or because they became difficult or inconvenient to care for.
Yet, these pets still have much to offer—without the issues that come with their young counterparts.
Oh, yes, the silliness and energy of puppies and kittens can be fun—for a while. But people often underestimate how much work they actually are, said Lisa Lunghofer, PhD, executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which assists groups that help homeless senior dogs.
Whether it’s dealing with teething, jumping, play biting, digging, climbing, potty or litter box training, or socializing, raising a puppy or kitten takes a lot of time. That can be a strain in many busy households.
In addition, young pets are...