PHOENIX – October 30, 2015 – November’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month, originated by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), highlights the rewards of selecting a mature pet for your household. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association encourages the public to explore senior pet adoption, both to enjoy the benefits of owning a senior pet and to fill the need for adoption of pets that are typically left in shelters longer, sometimes due to being older.
A major benefit in adopting mature pets is that you are more likely to know what you are getting. Mature pets are fully grown, with developed personalities, and are often house-trained, as well as likely accustomed to living with human companions. “Mature and senior pets are much more appreciative and grateful when adopted. They fit well in many households, are instant family members, and can learn very quickly,” says Dr. Kara Thomas of Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital, part of AZ Pet Vet.
In addition, less active pet owners often find that senior pets are a perfect match to their lifestyle. They are generally easy to train, loving, and don’t require the time commitment that young pets need. The pet/human bond that develops from saving an animal’s life can be extremely rewarding.
A senior pet can have many happy and healthy years ahead. They need regular veterinary checkups to remain healthy and to address any medical issues that occur.
Call the AzVMA at 602-242-7936 for more information. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization representing over 2,000 veterinary professionals in the state of Arizona.