The Benefits of Animal Adoption
Thinking of adopting a pet this National Pet Adoption Day? Here’s why choosing to adopt an older pet is a great choice for you and your familyBrought to you by PETstock and PetRescue.
Adding a furry family member to your household has many benefits. From lowering blood pressure and reducing your stress levels, to being encouraged to go for a daily walk; owning a pet can help us stay healthy.
Traditionally, deciding to become a pet parent would have meant beginning the search for a litter of puppies or kittens to choose from. More recently however it has become popular to adopt a pet who may have experienced a hiccup in life, and found themselves a wee bit older, looking for their forever home.
Dogs and cats of all ages find themselves available for adoption every day, making the choice to adopt your next pet so important.
PETstock and PetRescue are dedicated to helping these pets find new homes, and families to love and care for them for life. As PetRescue has put it, adding a baby animal to your family is like “bringing an infant into your home – a completely untrained, unsocialised little critter who thinks the crate you bought him is a jail. He thinks the newspaper you put down for him to squat on is a wonderful toy to be shredded. He also thinks your new shoes are much tastier than rawhide, and your best carpet is an excellent substitute for grass when nature calls!”
Valid reasons to choose an older pet already, right? Well there are many more reasons to consider adoption! Read on for more benefits of adopting an older dog or cat.
1. Older pets are eager to please their new families!
Just because Fluffy is more than 12 months old, doesn’t mean she or he has run out of love to give! Dogs and cats are incredibly loving creatures and this definitely does not diminish as they get older. All pets deserve a loving family to care for them, even those who are a little older. In fact, PetRescue has identified that older pets are very eager to find a new home and please their new families!
Although your pet isn’t eight weeks old, it’s still only a baby.
- Cats are considered kittens up until 12 months old.
- Dogs are considered puppies up until 12 months old, but some breeds up until 18 months!
2. Avoid toilet training nightmares.
If you’ve experienced the initial toilet training regime of a young pet, you know the struggle can be huge! When you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, your pet is often already house trained (BONUS!).
An eight week old puppy has no idea what that wee mat is for, he thought you were just being generous with something to rip up into a million pieces. Kitten: “you mean I’m not supposed to eat that stuff you call litter?”
3. Adoption is like eating your favorite food: you know what you’re getting.
When you decide you’re ready to adopt a pet from a rescue or shelter, you’ll be provided with the pet’s profile, listing each detail of their personality, age, special needs, temperament, etc. You really get to know your pet even before you’ve brought them home.
Introducing a new puppy or kitten into your household is like trying coriander for the first time, you don’t know what you’re going to get and most of the time it’s an enormous shock!
4. Your adopted buddy won’t cost you an arm and leg.
While your adopted mate won’t cost you the earth, it is important to remember that all rescue pets do come with an adoption fee.
However, this is due to the extensive vet work organised by the rescue group or shelter before your new buddy becomes available for adoption, including:
- Flea and worm treatments
- Behavioral testing
Remember, these are things which are not usually included when you purchase a puppy or kitten, and you’ll need to spend valuable time (and money!) organising all your young buddy’s vet work yourself.
Ensure you consider the adoption fee in your budget when choosing your new buddy.
5. Your kids will adore an older pet!
Older pets are actually much more suitable for children than their younger counterparts.
Some young puppies and kittens enjoy a much more boisterous play session and may be too rough for very small children. Large breed puppies may become too enthusiastic and knock small children over! On the flip side, children can also become excited and even frighten a young puppy or kitten.
Older cats and dogs are much wiser and experienced when it comes to knowing what acceptable behavior is. Not only this, introducing a pet into your home will teach children valuable life lessons by taking responsibility for the care of their new family member. Simple tasks like feeding the dog or changing the cat’s litter tray is a great way to get your kids involved in running the household.
6. You’ll feel good about giving a pet in need a good home.
When you adopt, you’re providing a loving pet with a chance at a new life. You’ll have found a buddy that suits you and your lifestyle and they’ll thank you every day with endless love and affection!
Need we say more? There are loads of reasons why adopting an older pet is a great choice for you and the pet. Join us on National Pet Adoption Day on Saturday 6 February to find your new family member, or starts your search today by visiting PetRescue.com.auGood luck!