Seniors Wanting to Adopt
The Animal League’s Senior-to-Senior program was designed to benefit both the seniors in our community and the senior pets at The Animal League. We strongly encourage seniors to consider adopting or fostering senior pets rather than puppies/kittens. Seniors, aged 65 and older, who adopt a pet aged 7 and older enjoy a multitude of benefits. Here are just a few:
- The Senior-to-Senior discount! Seniors enjoy a $50 discount on our regularly priced senior dogs. This means cats and large breed dogs are just $50 and small breed dogs are $100. We understand that many seniors have retired and live on limited income. This discount program helps to ensure that seniors are able to afford a four-legged companion.
- Seniors typically require less training. While everyone loves puppies, not everyone loves the messes they can make or the time and effort full training requires. Often times senior pets are already housetrained, calm, and even know a few commands.
- Seniors are low-maintenance. Senior pets are quite content to sit in their human’s lap or at their feet. Seniors are not yappy and do not require hours of exercise and stimulation.
- Seniors have lots of life left! At The Animal League, senior pets start at age 7. Cats and smaller breed dogs can live well into their teen years, while larger breed dogs often live past the age of 10 with proper care. These seniors might not want to run a marathon, but they are certainly able to go for walks and even enjoy play time.
- The average lifespan in the United States is 80 years old (citation). While it is true that many people live into their 90s and sometimes beyond, the majority will not, meaning young puppies and kittens are likely to outlive their owners. Sadly, often relatives are not willing to take on a 10+ year commitment with the deceased’s pet, and that pet is surrendered to a shelter.
- Seniors need homes, too. Seniors are often passed over in shelters for younger and flashier pets. There will never be a shortage of homes for puppies and kittens.
Whether interested in a senior pet or a young adult, all of our senior adoptees are strongly encouraged to arrange a provision in the event that they become unable to care for their pet. This can include designating a caregiver, setting up a trust, or including pets in a will. Many of our pets came to us when their owners unexpectedly passed away without having made provisions for that pet. Our goal is to provide people with loving companions, and our pets with a home they can live their rest of their lives in.
In accordance with these reasons, we have outlined the following guidelines:
Seniors aged 75+ must provide proof that they have made arrangements for the care of the pet they are interested in (trust, adult child, etc.). If the pet will be entrusted to an adult family member, they must meet our requirements for adoption. Seniors 75+, regardless of arrangements, are approved to adopt senior pets (aged 7+). While we encourage all seniors to adopt older pets, this only applies to adoptees over 75 years of age.