Onslow County – “What Can a Senior Pet Bring to Your Life? Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn’t chew or scratch everything in sight–a pet who will love you unconditionally,” says Alan Davis, Director of Onslow County Animal Services. “That’s what you get when you adopt a senior pet.” Some people worry that
a senior pet comes with problems, but according to Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are many advantages. “In most cases they’ve had a home and they want one again.” Senior pets are often housetrained, obedience trained, and through the puppy and adolescence stages. They know for example, “that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.” They make ideal companions, not requiring the same exercise regimen that a puppy needs, often preferring to cuddle up on the couch and take a nap, but still enjoying a walk – good for the dog and the pet owner. In addition older dogs will settle into a new home easily, understanding what it takes to get along with others and become part of their new “pack” and the routine of the household. Finally Davis states, “With an adult dog, what you see is what you get, they have grown into their size, shape, and personality – no surprises.”
Davis cites an anecdote from the HUUS about a pet owner who adopted an eight-and-a-half-year old dog named Sadie, and has never regretted it. “An older animal is easier to deal with. And Sadie is still playful. She plays fetch and gallops all over the place.” At animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere, there are loving,
healthy senior pets like Sadie, looking for that one special home to cherish them for the rest of their life, and they don’t ask for much, just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love.
During Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, take the opportunity to get acquainted with the older pets available at Onslow County Animal Services 244 Georgetown Road Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540. For more information on Adopt-A-Senior Pet month, please contact Animal Services at (910)455-0182 or visit www.onslowcountync.gov/animalcontrol.