Babies, adults or seniors? Our October newsletter survey asked what age pets you prefer to adopt. Only 16% prefer babies. Adults came in at 35%, but a whopping 48% of you are gung-ho for geezers.
Nearly half of you who would prefer to adopt (or did adopt) seniors or adults said that it was because they have the toughest time finding homes. We salute you!
We also asked why you might not adopt a senior pet, and nearly everyone responded to the question, even if you have an older pet now. We understand why 41% of you worried that the pet might not live long enough. The heartbreak of a pet’s death can be enormous, and we would all like to postpone it. Another 58% worried about medical issues and the potential for increased costs of caring for senior pets.
If you’re more visual, here’s a chart to show you how the percentages broke down. Does it match with what you know of your friends and their adoptions?
- My senior, Daisy, is absolutely the best of all my Dachshunds. She is kind, loving and my best friend. She is blind now from age (17 years) but still knows exactly where I am and always offers me a loving kiss to greet me! I rescued Daisy as a senior and she opened my eyes to how wonderful it is to live with a senior pet. Laura C.
- My senior Golden is a former “death row” dog. He had been abused and dumped … with me he has blossomed, has learned to play and shows his great love every minute of every day. We won’t be together long, but we enjoy being “seniors” together. Judy K.
- The senior cats (at age 16) I have adopted … were dumped at the shelter when they got older and lived there for over two years. After I adopted the first senior, and she was so sweet and grateful, I adopted another the next year. They are laid back and aren’t bothered by my other, younger cats. I cry every time I see older pets in a shelter … they should be living out their lives in a loving home. They don’t ask for anything except food and love. I’ve gotten much more love from them than I ever expected. Nancy J.
- He adapts to any place, weather, situation. Knows what he likes and doesn’t like and is very easy going. Susan S.
- My little guy is the best. If you want to curl up and take a nap, he is there. If you want to go out for a run, he is ready to go. If you need someone to cheer you up at the end of a long, tough day, his little face and small tail wag is always there. He spent about one month in our local shelter. You know, he was “too old” … At the age of 12 years old, or so, his new-found life is working great for both of us. Penny R.
- Because they think I’m the bomb, even when I don’t take a shower. Vanessa B.
- My Sade is so sweet, she only asked to be loved. She just wants to be around me; nothing else matters (except for treats). She is mellow and a real blessing to me. We both have eye problems and neither of us moves fast any more. Betty R.
- My senior baby inspired me to start my own senior dog rescue! Sophiane N.
- It is heartwarming and heartwrenching to have a senior pet, but all our pets usually become seniors. They are loving and wise. Kathy G.
- I have a senior Beagle and Pug that are the sweetest, most well-behaved dogs in the world. They bring me joy and laughter every day, and I would be lost without their love and companionship. Leslie F.
- He is the best because he always gets along with the other dogs when we take him for short walks and the only thing he would do to a child is lick them to death. Devin D.
- Their habits are already set. They can also be friendlier. Sheryl G.
- My senior perfectly adapts his mood to mine — some days we love to take long walks; other days we love to take long naps! Annie K.
Thanks for all of your answers, and sorry we couldn’t use them all. No matter what age pet you adopt, there are special adoption considerations you should consider. In any case, you’re the best for adopting homeless pets!