November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, with National Adoption Week taking place from November 8 to 14.
National Adoption Week is underway, a time when thousands of animal welfare organizations collaborate with PetSmart Charities to bring a host of adoptable shelter pets into nearly every PetSmart store across North America. Because many families tend to have their heart set on puppies and kittens, senior pets can often be overlooked. With November being National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, it’s a great time to have a conversation with potential pet owners about why they might consider adopting an older pet that needs a loving home.
According to PetSmart, senior animals often spend the longest time at shelters and are frequently considered unadoptable. Some people can be hesitant to take home an older pet, believing that the pet has been surrendered due to behavioral issues.
"More than half of American households have pets, which is good news," said Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. "But there are still more than five million pets that enter shelters each year in need of loving homes."
Here are 4 great reasons why a senior pet might be the perfect fit for your clients:
“Puppies and kittens are cute—but require a lot of care and attention. Senior pets have so much love to give, and their calm, gentle demeanors make them ideal matches for many households," Gilbreath added. "National Adoption Week is the perfect time to…meet some older pets. Your carpets and furniture will thank you, too."