Everyone has things that bring out their tender heart. For me it is senior animals in shelters. I wish I could bring them all home. It breaks my heart to see them there.
I have a dog that was eight and a cat that was ten when they were turned into the shelter. Their stories are like so many others who should being enjoying their golden years, instead are uprooted from the only home they have known and sent to a shelter environment. Our dog only spent a few weeks in the shelter, unfortunately our cat spent over half a year before we adopted her.
Senior pets are often slow to be adopted because folks are generally attracted to those young cute kittens and puppies. Most senior pets have some basic skills and likely a couple bad habits as well. What is unique about the senior pet is that they are very anxious to please and forever grateful when rescue them. They will forever be thankful to you for picking them. This gratitude makes them much easier to train and teach them the rules of your home.
Now that I have more time of my own I find myself stopping at the local shelter volunteering and spending time with the animals there. I know I can’t take them home, but I can make their time at the shelter a little less lonely. Sooner or later a senior lover like me will find them and take them to their forever home.
I just learned that November is adopt a senior pet month….how cool is that.