Adopting senior animal companions

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Young puppies and kittens are adorable and playful – they also require a lot of time, need to be trained and are balls of energy. If this doesn’t sound like the right fit for your family, a senior furry family member may be for you! It is important to find an animal companion that is compatible with your lifestyle. Cats and dogs are considered senior once they reach the age of seven, but maturity does depend on breed and size.  

Here’s why senior pets are awesome! 

Senior maturity 
  • Younger animals are still in the process of learning, developing and growing. Senior furry friends are fully matured, meaning their demeanors, temperaments and personalities have already been established.  
  • Senior pets allow you to have a better sense of your animal companion’s personality and needs, as well as how compatible the two of you will be! 
Cool as a cucumber 
  • Most senior furballs tend to be calmer and more laidback, which is why they do well in houses with young children or first-time pet owners.  
  • Exercise is still very important for senior animal companions, but they do not have as much energy as their younger counterparts. 
 Fitting in 
  • Many senior animals available for adoption were once loved pets, but for various reasons end up looking for a new home. There is a good chance your senior animal companion has lived in a home before and understands basic household etiquette.  
  • It is also likely your senior furry friend has already spent time socializing around humans and other animals. 
Old dog, new tricks  
  • Senior dogs tend to have longer attention spans compared to younger dogs, which make them easier to train.  
  • Your senior dog will likely already be housebroken and familiar with basic training 

Another reason why you should consider adopting a senior animal companion is because they are often overlooked and tend to stay in shelters longer! Many people who have chosen to adopt an older dog or cat will tell you that senior furry family members seem to understand the second chance you are giving them and form a special bond with their new family!  

For more information and learning about how you can adopt a senior animal companion, please visit or contact your local Ontario SPCA animal centre 

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With many people enjoying time off during the holidays and being home together as a family, now is the perfect time to welcome an animal into your life. Together you can spend time with your new furry friend and help them settle into their new home. To give an animal in need the gift of a loving forever home this holiday season visit