JoAnna Lou
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Adopt a Senior Pet Month
November brings attention to homeless canine elders
Kipper is available for adoption at the Elmsford Animal Shelter in New York.

This season, there are many things that I’m thankful for, one being the wonderful relationship I have with my dog, Nemo. 

Someone once told me that cute puppy eyes are no match for the deep, loyal eyes of an older dog. Nemo is my first dog and, for the longest time, I didn’t understand. How could anyone resist a puppy? But now that Nemo is almost six years old, I finally know what they meant. When I look into his eyes, I can see how much trust he puts in me and the wonderful relationship that we have.

Puppies have to be cute because they’re so much work! Young dogs are usually the first to be adopted from animal shelters, even though they’re not always the right fit for many families. To bring attention to those older animals, who are often overlooked, November has been named Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

There are so many positives to adopting a senior dog. Older dogs are easier to housebreak, they’re typically more mellow, and their size and personality are more predictable, making it easier for shelters to match families to their perfect dog.

Check out the ASPCA’s Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog and add the Petfinder senior pet widget to find your perfect match.



JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Pamela | November 25 2010 |

Here here! And starting off with an older dog is great for households unprepared for the demands of puppyhood and adolescence.

When we adopted Shadow at 9 years old, we were amazed at how calm and well-behaved she was right from the start. Yes, I know we were very lucky and just being old is not a guarantee of being a good dog. But it was great having a dog that fit so easily into our home (and heart) so quickly.

Submitted by Anonymous | November 28 2010 |

So true!!! I knew what I was getting in my lovable but incorrigible, crazy, 72lb 3-yr old energy ball when I adopted him, but the difference between training and settling him in comparison to when we picked out my boyfriend's older pup (7yrs) is just night and day. Buster just headed straight for the couch, settled down for a nap and hasn't moved since except for dinner and walks. I'm exhausted just thinking about that first month with my Bilbo and he's still a major work in progress....
Seniors are great!

Submitted by Carol Menke-Clark | October 5 2013 |

Seniors are my absolute favorites and yes, they settle in so well and require little training which suits my 67 year old body well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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