More than 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year in the US alone. More than a half is euthanized because they can’t find a forever home. Senior animals are more at risk of being put down, but they deserve a happy life as well. Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens has donated his very first hit song “I Love My Dog” for PETA to commemorate their 50th anniversary. In his video he asks to consider adopting older pets, because it’s so worth it. Please, SHARE his message.
Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs. People are more likely to adopt puppies or young dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of 5. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. They end up in a shelter for a variety of reasons, like relocation, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, and other lifestyle changes.
One of the biggest benefits of senior dogs is the fact that they usually come potty trained and know basic commands. It is a myth that you can’t train an older pet. Dogs can be trained at any age. In fact, older pets have more patience and are more attentive, so it is easier to train them than puppies.
Older dogs are calmer than young ones. You will instantly get an idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have learned what “no” means and how to leave the furniture, carpets, shoes alone. Plus, they already have all their adult teeth, which will result in less destruction. Senior dogs have learned what it’s like to be part of a “pack” and to live with humans. Many of them easily get along with young children, because older dogs are less energetic than puppies.
An adult dog makes a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a snuggle buddy.
By giving a home to an older dog, some people pay tribute to their former dog, which eases their pain. Also, knowing that adoption has saved a dog’s life, helps to deal better with loss.