You’d think that many pets would find their forever homes as puppies or kittens and live a nice, long life with their owner. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Older family pets are sometimes surrendered when there’s a major life change in the family, such as a new baby being born, a divorce, the loss of a job or income, or a big move
across the country. They also are taken to shelters if their pet parents have passed away, or if they develop a costly medical condition. Once these older pets find themselves at a
shelter, they are often overlooked as adopters fall in love with the younger animals.
“Senior dogs, especially those with medical problems or disabilities, face a much greater
chance of euthanasia at shelters than younger dogs because it is difficult to find adopters
for them due to their shorter additional life expectancy and unknown veterinary costs,”
states the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary website.
The Frosted Face Facts
If you’re on the fence about adopting a senior pet, perhaps these factors could sway you:
If you’re considering adopting a senior pet, check out our #WhyNotMePets campaign, or peek AdoptAPet.com and your local shelter, asking about rescuing an older pet. And if you’re not in the position to adopt but still want to help, consider donating funds, goods, or your very valuable time to a senior rescue facility or sanctuary near you.
Have a sweet gray muzzle you want to show off? Share a picture of your senior pet with us on Instagram by tagging #pawsitivealliance and #gohealthypaws. And if you aren’t already a pet parent with Healthy Paws, look into getting a free quote to help safeguard not just your special fur friend, but your wallet too.
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