[First published: 8 Jan 2015, Last updated: 23 Sep 2019]
Did you know that senior pets are often the last to be adopted and first to be euthanised? This is the sad reality faced by pet shelters all over the world, including Singapore. Singaporeans often prefer to buy or adopt pets that are young. However, due to their busy work schedule, they may be unable to spend sufficient time with their young pet. Younger pets, like children, require a lot of attention and if not trained at an early age, behavioral problems may arise when they grow older.
Here at Nekojam, we’ve always been advocates of adoption, and hope to shed some light on the plight of senior pets in need of homes. Here are a few reasons we’ve come up with that may make you consider opening your heart to an Oldie!
5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet
Lower Energy Drives
An older pet usually has a lower energy drive compared to a young pet. Most of them are content just lying around, sleeping, and basically doing nothing at all, until you’re ready to bring them out for a leisurely stroll or engage in light hearted play.
A lower play drive means less potential destruction around the house. Senior pets are less likely to be messing up your house to get your attention, and also less likely to be found tearing apart your furniture. It’s likely that they’ve also undergone some form of basic training (for dogs up for adoption) and know how to be on their best behaviour.
Senior pets hardly see abrupt changes in their behaviour or temperament. Old pets are essentially exactly the way they will be till the day they head for Rainbow Bridge! This, to us, is one of the best reasons why a senior pet makes a great friend. One of the top reasons pets are abandoned is due to the fact that owners are not prepared for the responsibility that owning a young pet entails. It’s like opening a surprise gift! A senior pet, on the other hand, is normally mellow, and has reached adulthood (leopards can’t change their spots!).
Easier To Train
This is a 50/50, but often, a senior pet was once a member of someone else’s family, and it’s probable that they’ve already put in the effort to train your new pet for you.
So Much Love To Give
Lastly, a senior pet has just as much love (if not more) to give, as a young pet! They understand and appreciate the new chance at life you’ve provided them, and express their gratitude in the sweetest of ways– We can’t explain it, so you’ll just have to adopt one for yourself to find out!
Remember… Old is Gold.
At Nekojam, we strongly believe in the adoption of pets, young or old.
At the end of the day, when it comes to finding your new pet, always consider how much time you and your family are able to dedicate towards caring for it. Each family has different priorities and needs, and we hope this short article helped show that a senior pet could possibly make a perfect companion for a household. A young pet isn’t necessarily the best fit! Let us all help to spread the message that Senior Pets Deserve Loving Homes Too!
If you need more reasons to adopt an older pets, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ‘(ASPCA) Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog Page.
*Featured Image Source: Unsplash | Lui Peng & Tomas Ryant
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