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From the Dumb Friends League (Denver, Colorado 80231; Castle Rock, Colorado 80109)

Puppies and kittens are undoubtedly popular on the adoption floor at animal shelters. The younger animals have contagious energy, attracting many adopters to take them home. This November, however, is “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month,” where we take the time to spotlight the more “sophisticated” pets at our shelters.

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Lacy

Senior pets are, in many ways, easier to transition into a new home. These more relaxed companions usually enjoy nothing more than a lazy day. They’re looking for a stable home where they can stretch out, relax, and enjoy their “golden years.” The happiness you can bring to a senior pet can truly improve the quality of its life, and, in return, will give you unending love and affection.

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Leia

“Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month” is a great time to adopt a new companion at the Dumb Friends League. Staring Monday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 17, fees will be waived for adult cats 1 year and older. Additionally, dogs 8 years and older can be adopted for only $50. Every adoption includes a spay/neuter surgery, microchip ID implant, initial vaccinations, and a free visit to a participating veterinarian within 15 days of adoption.

At the Dumb Friends League, we have a wide array of senior pets who are anxiously awaiting their new forever homes. If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, adopting a senior pet at any one of our facilities is a great way to make a difference. To view our adoptable animals, visit ddfl.org, or call (303) 751-5772 today.

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From the Humane Society of Livingston County (Howell, Michigan 48843

My name is Tulsa. I am a female Whippett/mix who LOVES PEOPLE and likes to check out how comfortable their laps are for sitting! I’m considered to be a SENIOR dog now and somewhat LAID BACK, but do enjoy occasional PLAYTIME.  Learn more and adopt me.

Tulsa is just one of our “Golden Paws” Senior Pets waiting for a new home. These are mature, healthy, loving pets with plenty of LIFE to live and LOVE to give. And, we offer reduced adoption fees for all senior pets!  Learn more about Tulsa and other “Golden Paws” Pets on our web site.

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For the Love of Cats (Marco Island, Florida), in partnership with the The Humane Society Naples (Naples, Florida 34104) and Domestic Animal Services (Naples, Florida) have been awarded a $10,000 grant to help senior citizens adopt senior cats from their facilities.

Miss Society (Animal ID #9485576)

The program pays for the adoption fee and care package for qualifying applicants willing to adopt a cat that is five years old or older. The care package includes a litter box, litter scoop, litter, dry food, bowls, toys, and a transport carrier. All cats are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and micro-chipped.

So far, the program has been successful in facilitating senior pet adoptions at the participating shelters and agencies. In addition, The Humane Society Naples has adoption incentives for the resident members of the Cozy Care Cat Club!  These special cats come with refundable adoption fees and other benefits.

You can view all of the wonderful pets available for adoption from Humane Society Naples online – anytime!

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Bring a homeless cat into your family and experience a lifetime of love.

by Alicia Wright

During the 1970s, an estimated 12 – 20 million homeless pets were put to sleep every year. Today that number has been reduced to approximately 4 million. Thanks to the continual efforts of animal welfare groups all over the country, our society has made significant progress in decreasing the amount of animals that become homeless and has been successful in reducing the number of adoptable pets that are euthanized.

Yes, that’s right…by making shelter adoption your FIRST option, you are saving lives.

Did you know that the amount of homeless cats is nearly double that for dogs? Did you know that 25% of homeless pets are pure breeds? Did you know that, on average, dogs take 16 days to get adopted and cats take 24 days to find their forever home? Did you know that if the pets are over 5 years old, the length of stay could be even longer despite good health and exceptional behavior? Did you know that most shelters and animal welfare groups have programs in place that provide vaccinations, spay/neuter and medical care for the pets PRIOR to adoption? (This means that in many cases, you do not have to incorporate these expenses into your budget immediately after bringing your new pet home!)

Celebrate the National Adopt a Senior Pet month by going to your local shelter and bringing a mature pet into your life. The Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Connecticut 06111) has a number of incentives designed to encourage the adoption of senior pets (more…)

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The Providence Animal Rescue League (Providence, Rhode Island 02903) is celebrating Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month by offering a 50% reduction on the adoption fee for any cats or dogs that are eight years of age or older (or any rabbits that are five years of age or older). It’s just their way of saying that older adult pets can be a rewarding option when you are looking to add a new companion to your family. Adults can slip right into your lifestyle so much easier than a youngster if you have a busy schedule or just aren’t up to the 24/7 needs of a puppy or a kitten. No matter how many years are left in a senior animal, there is plenty of time for love.

Reggie is an 11-year-old male who came to PARL when his owner became allergic to him. He is a smart, affectionate cat who likes to be held. He has lived with children, cats, and dogs.

Not Into Surprises?

Older pets won’t give you any surprises when it comes to size, personality or grooming needs. Knowing these things right from the start can guide you towards the right pet for you and your family.

Busy Lifestyle? No Problem

Adult pets usually don’t require the constant monitoring puppies and kittens do, leaving you with more freedom to do your own thing. If you work long hours or just value your alone time, this can definitely be a bonus. An older pet can slip into your lifestyle with ease compared to the demands of the youngsters.

Save a Life, Be a Hero

Older pets tend to get looked over and are often the last to be adopted. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and this is especially so when you choose an older pet, you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.

Come on down to PARL and find out what a senior pet can bring to your life this November during Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!

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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month. We find it heartbreaking to see an 11-year-old dog or 15-year-old cat who suddenly ends up at a shelter after living their entire life with a loving family. Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for,  but adopting one can be a very rewarding experience.

  • Senior pets are more likely to be house trained and know basic commands.
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you know what to expect and they require less exercise than their younger counterparts.

Rhode Island SPCA (Riverside, Rhode Island 02915) invites you to view their list of adoptable pets, share it with family and friends, and consider adopting one of their senior pets today!

Lacey, a 12-year-old female Cocker Spaniel. Lacey and Jake, below, have lived together for 9 years, and the Rhode Island SPCA would like to see them go home together.

We know that not everyone is able to bring a senior pet into their home, but you can help provide for the care of the senior pets at the RISPCA by sponsoring a pet or donating items from their wish list today!

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It can be difficult emotionally to realize that your dog or cat is aging, but just like us, our pets need special care in their golden years. Typically, a cat is considered senior once he/she is nine years of age. For dogs, that designation is more dependent on breed. Here are a few examples of breed and age at which they are considered starting their senior years: Bulldog and Bernese Mountain Dog, age 6; Labrador, age 8; Beagle, age 10; Dachsund, age 11. Your veterinarian can tell you when your animal is a senior and what special care he/she will need.

Older pets may exhibit any of the following behaviors and symptoms when ill. Any one of them should signal that you need to contact your vet to see whether an exam is need.

  • Changes in weight (especially weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased water consumption
  • Changes in urine or stool elimination patterns
  • New lumps or bumps or swellings, or changes to existing ones
  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden collapse or bout of weakness
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
  • Foul mouth odor or drooling
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Pain

With the proper care and attention this life stage calls for, you can help ensure that your beloved dogs and cats will lead healthy and happy lives for several more years.

The Frederick County Humane Society (Frederick, Maryland 21701) anticipates and meets the needs of responsible companion animal owners in Frederick County by providing affordable services, resources, and programs to keep their pets healthy, happy, and in life-long homes.

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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet month. While they can make the best additions to a family, adult and senior pets are often overlooked in a shelter. Please stop by Montgomery County Humane Society (Rockville, Maryland 20850) this month and meet some of the gems that are there waiting for you.

Parsley (Pet ID #A204084)

Whether a cat, dog, small mammal, or other species, a senior animal can be just the right pet for you if you have the right lifestyle. Seniors are already trained and well past chewing and scratching on everything in sight. Most older animals have already experienced home life and eagerly await a new home to cherish them again. Learn more about caring for an older pet.

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New Rochelle Humane Society (New Rochelle, New York 10801) reminds us that November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month! Senior pets can, and do, bond very strongly with adopters. Many seem to understand that they have been given another chance at a happy life and are grateful for the opportunity to love someone, and be loved in return.

Below are just a few of the many benefits of adopting a senior pet!

What You See Is What You Get

Senior pets are open books – from the start, you’ll know important things like their full grown size, personality and individual needs. All of this information makes it easier to pick the right pet and forge that instant love connection that will last a lifetime.

If you’re not into surprises, a senior pet is for you!

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