Adopt an Elderly Pet

adopt elderly pets

When you adopt a senior dog or cat, you are doing the ultimate good deed. Let’s face it: a lot of people think they want a puppy or kitten, but not everyone is lining up to adopt the great senior pets! Did you know that every year, approximately 4 million adoptable animals are surrendered to shelters and prematurely euthanized? There are a LOT of wonderful senior dogs and cats available for adoption. 

Rescue groups, shelters, and animal sanctuaries that specialize in senior pet adoption work very hard to help adult dogs and cats find good homes. They often keep their pets for adoption in their own homes while they assess the health and personalities of these pets. If a pet needs basic training, often the rescuer will provide it. If a pet needs medical treatment, many dedicated dog and cat rescuers pay for it out of their own pocket. 

Many of the animals available for adoption are currently living in shelters, rescues or sanctuaries just waiting for someone wonderful to come along and give them a loving home. If you are interested in adopting a senior pet, search the box below. If you are not sure if senior pet adoption is right for you, read our article on the Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet. 

If you are considering adopting a senior pet, there are some things you should be aware of before committing to a new pet. Vet Tech Colleges has prepared a great guide entitled, An Expert’s Guide To Adopting Dogs: What To Know Before You Go.

Are you thinking of adopting a senior pet or have you recently adopted a senior pet?

While supplies last, we’re giving away free pet care packages for adopting a senior pet. Care packages include a free microchip kit generously donated by our partners at Fi. There are no ongoing fees for the chips. Your vet may charge a one time fee to insert the chip: typically averages around $50-$75 to insert the chip. Once the chip is inserted, you would need to register the chip using the unique code provided here so that your dog or cat is part of a nationwide registry. In the event your pet is ever lost, the chip can be scanned and you would be contacted.

Not sure if a senior pet is right for you, read some of the articles below. 

Senior Pets vs. Puppies/Kittens: Why Adopting an Older Pet is the Better Decision

Discover the Untold Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet There is an incredible transformation that occurs when people open their hearts to senior pets. While the allure of puppies and…

Posted in Adopt | Leave a comment

Rehoming Your Senior Pet

There may come a time in the course of your pet ownership where you may become unable to care for your pet. Whether it is due to a move, pregnancy,…

Posted in Adopt, Pet Care | Leave a comment

What Senior Pets can Teach Us About Facing Adversity

by Kathy M. Finley, contributor This article was written by author Kathy M. Finley – an avid pet lover and someone who has spent a lifetime overcoming adversity by watching…

Posted in Adopt | Leave a comment

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt an Elderly Pet

There are many reasons to adopt a senior pet. Here are the top 5 reasons to adopt a senior. 5. A puppy or kitten can require constant attention. A puppy…

Posted in Adopt | Leave a comment

Tips and Tricks for First Time Cat Owners

Adopting a cat is a wonderful way to enrich your life. Some studies reflect that cat  owners are healthier, enjoy better sleep, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness.…

Posted in Adopt | Leave a comment

About Us

The Elderly Pet Organization is a 501C3 non profit organization whose mission is to provide information and education about senior pets. Our goal is to end senior pet abandonment and premature euthanization, while increasing senior pet adoptions throughout the US. We accept donations of unwanted items, as well as cash donations to help us with our cause. Read more about us.

Featured Article

Pet Insurance Facts

Featured Sponsors

Popular Articles

Top Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Why a Flat Plate is Better for Finicky Senior Pets

How a Pet Stroller May Help Your Senior Dog or Cat

Skip to content