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5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet 💖

Ready to adopt? Here’s why you should consider an oldie but goodie.


Congratulations! You’ve decided to add a furry friend to your home. You may dream of adopting a certain type of dog or cat, and you may have already looked at our website’s Adopt page for that four-legged buddy. Before you make your final decision, though, we ask you to consider our super seniors. These are cats and dogs who have been aged to perfection.


At Dutchess County SPCA, a senior is any cat or dog above the age of 7.


Here are 5 reasons why adopting a super senior might be the best decision for you.


1. Seniors have an abundance of character.

Just like humans, older cats and dogs have had years of life experience that have added exponentially to their character. They overflow with personality, and therefore are especially fun to be around. Just like humans they know what they like and don’t like, and that’s probably not going to change. With a senior, you know exactly who you are getting.


2. Oldies but goodies make the best Netflix binge buddies.

Kittens and puppies are fun and energetic and wonderful additions if you have a great deal of time and energy to meet their needs. However, seniors typically love to lounge a bit more than their younger counterparts. A senior cat might be totally content curling up in your lap, purring happily for hours while you watch your favorite shows (or read a book). A senior dog will often be happiest lounging on their doggie bed in whatever room you’re in, whether you’re working from home or hanging out with your family.

3. You will see their gratitude for the gift you have given them every day.

Talk to someone who has adopted a senior companion animal, and they will tell you: Somehow those older cats and dogs who arrive at their dream homes later in life seem to know that they’ve just received the best possible second chance, and they are grateful. Even if they’re not cuddly, you will see it in their eyes, and in the way they relax into their new surroundings.


4. No need for training.

Though some may still need some help with their manners, most senior cats and dogs know the basic rules of behavior. That means the cats use the litter box and the dogs know their commands. No need for time-consuming housetraining; most of these seasoned furry friends have already mastered the essentials and are ready to join your home.

5. Your heart will fill with love.

Adopting a senior cat or dog isn’t just about giving them the second chance that they deserve. All of their years mean that they have even more love to give, more joy to bring, more of an appreciation for their happy life to share. And that will fill your heart with happiness. Your adoption won’t just change their life for the better, it will transform yours.


In addition to all of these wonderful reasons to adopt a senior, our seniors also come with greatly reduced adoption fees. If you’d like to come meet some of our amazing seniors, please fill out our adoption application. Once your application has been pre-screened, please come in to meet the animals! Our shelter is open Tuesday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm.



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