PetSmart and its Adoption Partners Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Gordo, a senior dog from Arizona Humane Society, recently found his forever home with the Solarez family from Avondale, Ariz.
PetSmart is celebrating Adopt a Senior Pet Month during its National Adoption Weekend, which will take place Nov. 10-12 in nearly every PetSmart store across North America.
“Since November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we wanted to celebrate by teaming up with five of our in-store adoption partners to share a few reasons people may want to consider adopting a senior pet during National Adoption Weekend,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer at PetSmart.
1. Senior Pets are Often Overlooked
“When looking for a pet, adopters usually turn their attention to puppies and kittens first. Although it may be unintentional, adult and senior pets are often overlooked due to the cuteness-factor of their younger counterparts. Senior pets have often lived with a family for many years and have trouble adapting to life in a shelter, so it’s important not to forget about them as they make really great pets!”—Karen Reichheld, animal care manager at the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, adoption partner to the PetSmart in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
2. Senior Pets Can be Super Loving and Loyal
“Due to their age, senior pets have had more life experience and may have had their share of broken hearts and broken homes. When provided with a cozy and stable home environment, many senior pets are fiercely loyal and will love their new adopters unconditionally.”—Paula Stude, CEO and executive director of the Wild Cat Foundation, adoption partner to the PetSmart stores in Lafayette, La.
3. Adult Pets are Often Already Litter Trained/House Broken
“Most senior pets come with training—they know not to climb up on curtains, steal your food, chew on your shoes and most likely are already potty trained. Adult or senior pets can be super easy-going and may have a calmer disposition than kittens or puppies. Most love to snuggle and cuddle with their pet parents!”—Dawn Kavanaugh, CEO and president of All About Animals Rescue, adoption partner to four PetSmart stores in the Phoenix metro area
4. Old Dogs (and Other Pets!) Can Learn New Tricks
“The adage that an old dog can’t learn new tricks simply isn’t true! Senior pets don’t ask for much and are often very easily trained. They might have to get acclimated to your household routine, but once they do, you may be surprised how easy they are to care for and how willing they are to learn from their new pet parents.”—Jackie Meyers, CEO/executive director of Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue, adoption partner to a PetSmart in Charlottesville, Va.
5. Senior Pets Need Second Chances
“Every shelter pet is looking for their second chance at a forever home, but senior pets may need second chances even more than most. As senior pets are more likely to have pre-existing medical conditions or dental issues, they may need a little extra TLC, but the love they show you in return will be well worth it. In our experience, senior pets are even more loveable thanks to the lives they’ve lived and the experiences they’ve had.”—Angela McLaren, executive director at Prince George Humane Society, adoption partner to the PetSmart store in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
“At PetSmart Charities, our mission is to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets—and that includes pets that aren’t always top-of-mind for some adopters,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “For homes with very young children or families seeking a more calm and mature companion, adopting a senior pet may be a great way to go.”
Pets of all ages, types and sizes will be looking to find their forever home at PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend. From Nov. 10–12, more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations will bring adoptable pets into nearly all of PetSmart’s stores in the U.S. and Canada with the goal of finding homes for more than 25,000 pets during this weekend adoption event.