Mark Twain said it best: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Large numbers of senior pets are available now because of the current economic situation. Owners may have lost their home and are unable to take their dog or cat to an apartment setting. Others may no longer be able to afford the food or even necessary veterinary care. The sad reality is many dogs and cats are often surrendered because their heartbroken owners simply have no other choice.
In many cases you may have several years of companionship in front of you with your new old gal or guy. Depending on the breed, a dog may be considered a senior at 8 years old and live to a ripe old age of 14. Well cared for cats may easily reach 16-plus years old. Older pets are mature and usually pretty obedient. A senior pet may show more appreciation and loyalty to you because they know they have been saved.
Sure, puppies and kittens are cuddly and adorable. They also require a lot of training and time and patience. Some of you may not have that time, but are ready for a new companion. A senior pet, which we consider to be an animal 5 years old and up, may be the best choice for you. Trust me when I say that age is simply a number. Many of our older dogs and cats have energy still; they just choose to display it differently than a younger pet. They still get excited and enthusiastic when you come home from the store, play ball or want to go out for a walk. Older cats do like to play with cat toys, and will gladly chase the feather on the end of the long string if you dangle it in front of them.
Consider adopting a senior today. We have a few to choose from here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. All of our adoptable animals can be seen online at www.humane societycentralaz.org, or can be seen in person at 812 S. McLane Road. Keep in mind, all senior citizens age 60 and over adopting a senior pet, will receive a discounted fee.
Petco mobile adoption event
It’s time for another one of our mobile adoption events at the Fountain Hills Petco, located at 16835 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 105. We will be there Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with some of our adorable adoptables. Come out and see us, and possibly meet your new companion as well! For more information, please contact Kat with the Humane Society of Central Arizona at (928) 474-5590.
Dixie is a 10-year-old Jack Russell. She is quite the character. Dixie enjoys light walks and is house trained. She is food motivated, and her eyes just come alive when she sees food. She would do best in a home without small children, and preferably with an elder person looking for an easygoing companion. Dixie has to be the only pet in the home, but she will be your best buddy for sure. Come down and meet our little princess.
Cher is a 6-year-old German Shepherd. She is an outgoing, tell-it-like-it-is type of gal. She gets along great with other dogs, except for small dogs, and cats. She has lots of energy and would love to go for brisk hikes in the forest. She is a beauty! Intelligent, outgoing and affectionate are a few words that describe her.
Socks is a 7-year-old Lab/Jack Russell mix. Now this is a loyal girl! She gets super excited when you scratch her butt, or when you take her out for a walk. She is house trained and is the perfect size, if you ask me. She gets along with everyone and is eager to find a loving home she can call her own.
Karma is a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix. She is loyal and affectionate. She even gives high fives! Karma gets along great with the other dogs here and loves to go for walks. She would be ideal for a calm household and someone who enjoys sitting on the porch watching the sunsets every night.
Taz is a 7-year-old Maine Coon mix. He is front declawed and litter box trained. Taz is very affectionate and mellow. He gets along with the other cats here and previously lived with dogs. He is good with children and even likes to chase the ball tied to the end of the long string! He is very handsome and super affectionate.
Katie is a 9-year-old beauty. She is mellow and mature. She would do ideal in a quiet household where she can cuddle up next to you while you relax and scratch her head. She does get along with the other cats here and is friendly with children. Katie is a gentle sweetheart, looking to find her forever home.