Working in shelter, I come across many pets at different ages and stages of life. Many puppies, kittens, and young, bright cats and dogs. We also provide temporary homes to cats over the age of 8, and dogs over the age of 9, which may be considered ‘seniors’. The reason these cats and dogs are at the RSPCA can vary. Maybe their owners could no longer look after them or no longer wanted them, maybe their previous owner is ill or has passed away, or maybe they were mistreated and brought to us for rehabilitation? No matter the reason, these older animals particularly continue to touch my heart.
I’m not too sure if it’s the white around the eyes of a loving staffy, or the sleepy personality of a big old cat, either way they have my heart. These cats and dogs have also formed their own unique personality and can show this off to you in their new home!
A shelter environment is no permanent home for any animal, but it’s always a little sad to see older cats and dogs spending their later years sitting in a cat condo or kennel, when they have so much love to bring to your home.
Older cats can curl up on your lap while you’re watching telly, and senior dogs can take you for a more casual stroll down the park. You would also be giving them a chance a second chance at a loving home, and fulfilling the rest of their journey. Making sure your home is fit for any animal of any life stage is important, but if you are ever considering adopting or fostering a cat or dog, shy away from the typical kitten or puppy. I believe adopting or fostering an older cat or dog is a very wise choice!