(PETS/PET ADOPTION) Today is Senior Citizens’ Day in the United States, and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals suggests honoring the elderly by adopting a senior pet. Many people are more interested in getting a puppy or kitten without realizing the benefits of adopting an older cat or dog. Read on to learn about the advantages of having an older pet and share this article to help spread the word about senior pet adoption! — Global Animal
Honor Senior Citizens’ Day, August 21st, by Adopting a Senior Pet, Says Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
NEW YORK, NY: August 16, 2013 – A beautiful, gentle eight-year-old Pit mix named Wisdom was brought to a shelter after she was found wandering New York’s streets post-Hurricane Sandy. Kiera, a charming 13-year-old cat wound up at a shelter when her family relocated to Hawaii.
These and thousands of other senior animals end up in shelters and rescue facilities – through no fault of their own. While some may have coats that have lost their luster and others may have eyes slightly dulled with age, these older animals have a lifetime of love to offer.
That’s why, in honor of Senior Citizens’ Day, Wednesday, August 21, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a coalition of 150 animal rescue groups and shelters, encourages anyone thinking about adopting a pet (and those who may not have been!) to consider the elder statesmen of the dog-and-cat world. The attraction of puppies and kittens is undeniable, but their mature counterparts have their own charm. What’s more, they offer lots of advantages.
Senior animals make great pets – and not just for senior citizens, but for families and single people of all ages, as well. They tend to be much lower-maintenance than puppies and kittens since, for most, their days of house-training and endless play are behind them.
Another advantage: With senior pets, what you see is generally what you get; their personalities are already fully developed. They are happy to “chill out” with their owners instead of chewing up slippers and turning couches into personal scratch pads.
There are intangible benefits, too, says Jane Hoffman, founder and president of the Mayor’s Alliance. “Becoming a caregiver for an older pet is a transformative experience. In return for offering these animals a second chance at a welcoming, secure home, you get a warm, loving presence and that rarest of things, unconditional affection.”