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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.

 

 

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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