November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at the Joplin Humane Societ - KOAM TV 7

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at the Joplin Humane Society



November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

Joplin Humane is hoping to make some pets golden years shimmer and shine and make some families pretty happy too---all by celebrating Adopt a Senior Pet Month! All month long, senior pets will be available for just $15 which covers the cost of the microchip.

People looking to adopt a pet usually think of a kitten or puppy because they are cute and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and pet them. Adopters seldom come to the shelter and ask specifically for a senior pet. “People need to consider senior pets,” said Lysa Boston, Shelter Manager. “Young animals need lots of patience, energy, and consistent training to help them become well-adjusted family pets. “ Boston explained that there are many pluses to adopting a senior instead of a puppy or kitten.

“What you see is what you get,” said Connie Andrews, Shelter Services Manager. “Senior pets take out the guess work about how big a dog will get, what the kitten’s personality will be like when it grows up, or how much energy that puppy will have as an adult.” Andrews added that seniors tend to be more focused and past all the youthful craziness like destructive chewing and needing to start from scratch on housebreaking.

Boston says senior pets can give you a special type of satisfaction. “You are truly saving a life that someone else turned away from,” she said. “Senior pets have so much love and compassion still to share, and they make the most amazing companions.”

Just like people, pets can have health issues as they age, and owners need to be prepared for that. “Owning is senior pet is not necessarily ‘cheap”,” Boston explained. They need regular vet care to insure that they keep their good health, and may need dental care and preventative vet care like blood work.” Boston added that the joy that senior pets add to the lives of families who choose them far exceeds the expense. “People who adopt or foster senior pets almost always say that they would never choose a puppy or kitten again after loving a senior.”

Boston explained that vet references will be required to adopt a senior for $15. “We want to insure that the family adopting has an established relationship with a veterinarian and that they are prepared to meet the needs of the pet.”

Joplin Humane Society is open Monday-Thursday 1-5pm, Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-4pm. More information about our shelter is available at: www.joplinhumane.org and please remember to “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoplinHumane

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