by Kristen

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November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!


Through our annual member survey, many of you have told us that senior pets are among some of the most difficult pets to place. To help promote these special pets, Petfinder has designated November as “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet-Month”

The week is yours to celebrate as you wish – create a “Seniors Only” adoption event, promote senior pets through the Featured Pet Module or Pet List Scroller, or tell everyone you know what makes these special pets great! Here are some pluses and benefits we found to adopting senior pets:

  • Older pets are mellower
  • You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks! Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
  • A senior pet may very well already know basic commands anyway!
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so adopters will know if he or she is a good fit for their family.
  • In particular, senior pets are often already house-trained  or can be more easily house-trained than a young pet with a tiny bladder.
  • A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so adopters will know exactly how much pet they’re getting.
  • Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
  • Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
  • Senior pets know that chew toys (not shoes) are for chewing and scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching.


Helpful Senior Pet Resources

Helping Homeless Senior Dog Webinar

Sample Press Release

Customized Pet List Scroller