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Music City Animal Rescue believes that knowledge is power, that is why we are so dedicated to educating the public on all issues having to do with animal welfare. Whether it is animal care, animal rights, rescue and rehabilitation and much more, we feel it is the responsibility of all animal lovers and responsible pet parents to educate ourselves and continue to stay alert for ways we can make the world better for not only our furry family member, but all animals! We are their voice!!
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Rescues receive pleas to help save pets of all ages, but none tug at our hearts more than those who are considered "senior". For dogs, breed plays a lot in determining whether they are considered senior (smaller dogs are not senior until possibly 10-12 years of age where larger dogs can be senior at 7-8 years). Cats are generally considered to be senior when they are between 7-10 years old.
There are several things that everyone should know when you are considering adopting a senior pet and the most important of those is that just because a pet is considered senior, does not mean that it has problems. The process of aging pets is not an exact science - even if you know the exact date of birth. Similiar to humans, breed, activity levels, quality of care and genetics, etc...play a huge factor the health of a senior pet. Also, just because a pet is considered senior, does not mean that they are close to death. With increasing awareness of better nutrition and healthier alternatives for our pets, our pets are living so much longer. The average age for dogs is 13-14 years and cats have climbed
to 16-18 years of age.
There are many wonderful positive reasons to adopt a senior pet. For senior animals in a shelter situation, it could literally mean the difference between life and death for them. They are often passed by for younger pets but senior babies need homes just as badly. Many senior pets are settled and no longer have a need to chew or be destructive. They are often trained and know basic commands and are housebroken. If you have never owned a pet, a senior pet can be much easier, they can teach their new owner some new tricks. Speaking of tricks, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! They can and do respond to new situations, often with less stress than a puppy or kitten.
Should you adopt a senior pet that has medical needs, many of their needs are basic and easy to accommodate. Possibly feeding soft foods instead of dry. Providing more potty breaks. If they are in need of medications for arthritis, tummy problems, cataracts etc...these medications are not nearly as expensive as they used to be with the
addition of generic meds just as with humans.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you are in a situation to consider re-homing a senior pet, please keep these things in mind. Even though there are many benefits of owning a senior, this is still not a common occurrence. On the contrary, senior pets represent almost 1/3 of the animals euthanized in shelters and 65% of those that die as stray. Most senior pets have lived nearly all their lives with their owners. They are bonded. They are in a routine. They are used to love and affection. When surrendered to a shelter, their world is turned upside down. Far too many times, rescues are asked to take these senior pets but not after the damage has been done and they are in severe grief. They do not eat or drink, they are depressed and some even die of a broken heart.
These are things to consider when rehoming a senior pet. Try reaching out to a rescue organization first or to family or friends. Make the transition as easy for them as possible.
Senior pets are loyal and obedient companions that want nothing more than to have a home where they can be
safe and live out their lives with love. Won't you please consider adopting a senior pet? It will be a blessing for you and them.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”