November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) encourages the public to give these senior pets a second look when considering adding a furry friend to your home.
There are numerous reasons to adopt a senior. The most important one is that senior pets are just as capable of giving love as younger pets, sometimes more so. To be in a loving home to live their golden years in is a privilege that so often, older pets are denied. When friends and family come to visit a home, they may also be inspired to volunteer, foster or adopt senior pets. Some humane societies even offer incentives for people who are looking to adopt a senior pet such as free adoptions for a pet over a certain age.
Another reason to adopt or care for a senior pet is that they have a much calmer demeanor, unlike younger pets who may get into mischief. Senior pets may also already be trained to know basic commands such as sit, stay and down and are usually house-trained.
For professional pet sitters, the NAPPS website also offers plenty of opportunities to improve their skills with senior pets such as the certification course, “Caring for Senior Dogs.”
When a family or pet sitter decides to help a senior pet in need or shares knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, it is a step in the right direction to save a life.