November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month and the Peninsula SPCA shelter invites the Peninsula community to love a new old soul with adoption fees half off for pets seven years old and older.
While small kittens and puppies are adorable, adopting an older pet comes with some big advantages. Generally, these pets are more socialized, their personalities are already developed, and they have training to some degree, said Jodi Dean, Marketing and Community Relation Manager.
“One of the biggest benefits of adopting a senior is that they seem to be much more appreciative. Many of our senior pets come to us through no fault of their own. Beit from a relocation, death, financial complications, or drastic lifestyle change such as divorce, or moving to assisted living,” she said.
“Senior pets are a great fit for many lifestyles and family sizes. It’s important to match the pet’s personality and needs to the adopter. Potential adopters also need to be prepared for additional vet visits as seniors need regular check-ups and sometimes additional screening tests as they age,” Dean added.
Peninsula SPCA strives to impact the Virginia Peninsula community through education, information about successful adoption, quality veterinary care, and mutually beneficial partnerships with other local organizations. The shelter is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The senior pets that are available:
Snickers, age 14 is as sweet as her name. This fab feline loves to cuddle and prefers to drink from the sink. She would do well in a relaxed home. She is experienced in the art of friendship.
Lily, age 10, is an absolute lap cat. She loves to be brushed and makes the most adorable “coo” noise.
Allie, age 15, loves her “cookie” treats. She knows what she likes and is very independent. She has the curiosity of a feline half her age.
Sunshine is very affectionate and will easily have you wrapped around her paw. She is also a special needs kitty. She has a chronic upper respiratory issue that is managed with medication twice a week and requires a home with no other pets. Amazingly enough she doesn’t mind taking her meds. Sunshine is an experienced homebody with lots of love to give!
Fabian, age 8, hound mix is a timid fellow. He loves to go for walks. He likes other dogs and doesn’t mind kids. He has great house manners also!
Choco, age 7, is a goofball Australian Cattle Dog mix. He enjoys patrolling the yard and chasing the ball. He would make a great addition to a relaxed home.
Jackson, age 9, Beagle mix, is quite the storyteller. He is very affectionate and really enjoys being outside sniffing around and basking in the sun.
Sandy, age 7, Terrier and Pit Bull mix came to us recently when her owner deployed. She is slow to warm up to new people and needs a patient family to help her transition to a new life. She is a master at her basic commands and would prefer to be an only child.