When visiting a shelter, most of the oos and ahhs go towards the little kittens and puppies.
Let’s not forget to give the same amount of love to their older counterparts: the senior pets aged eight and up.
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November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to older animals who are still awaiting their furever homes.
Unlike younger animals, older pets tend to be extremely easy-going and laid back. They still love to play at least once a day, but they are far less needy and energetic as when they were younger. Older pets are great for those who live in a relaxed home or would like to bring their furry friends with them into the office.
Most older pets are seeking love and affection, but have been around long enough to know that cuddles are a gift, not a requirement. For instance, while Your Highness Gracie the cat wants nothing more than to cuddle and receive pets, she’s known to ask for them politely. She will never wake you overnight — something rarely an option with younger cats.
It's National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we're celebrating by waiving adoption fees for pets ages 8 and up through November. There's nothing more rewarding than sharing love and a home with a senior pet. Often times they are overlooked at the shelter and, in turn, tend to stay with us longer than younger animals. That's what makes adopting a senior pet, like Your Highness Gracie, a truly rewarding experience.Your Highness Gracie, aka the “purr-fect bed cat,” is a 9-year-old torbie who wants nothing more than to cuddle with you through her golden years. She talks with the sweetest purring, chirping voice, mainly to ask for some company if separated from her too long. Your Highness Gracie is an A+ cuddler — she’s known to flop down in her human’s arms with her head on the pillow. Your Highness Gracie is very polite. She won’t disturb you while you’re sleeping, she’ll just snuggle next to you. She does prefer flannel sheets though, if you have them, and will sometimes burrow under the covers to “help make the bed.” Even though Your Highness Gracie is a senior kitty, she makes time to play and have fun. For her, there’s nothing better than a nice, small stuffy toy and a good chase. Sometimes though, she likes to drop her toys in her water bowl. But who doesn’t? She has a few other cute quirks. Your Highness Gracie enjoys drinking running water from a faucet and doesn’t mind hopping up obstacles to reach it. And when she’s eating, she really likes flavoring her water with pieces of food. She’ll scoop some kibble up and toss it in her water. Sharing a bond with Your Highness Gracie is really special. It may take her some time to warm up to you, but don't give up. Once you gain her trust, she'll give you all the love she can. Contact our adoption team for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 649-7563. Due to the high volume of calls, our team will do their best to get back to you as soon as they can. Thank you in advance for your understanding!#adoption #AdoptASeniorPetMonth
Posted by Seattle Humane on Wednesday, November 20, 2019
From now until the end of the month, Seattle Humane is running their Love is Ageless event: all adoption fees are waived for senior pets aged eight years and above.
Seattle Humane rescues pets in need and connects them with families seeking a new member. Having been part of the Seattle community for over 100 years, they serve over 7,000 animals a year and have a 98.4% live-safe rate, meaning that they’re a no-kill shelter.
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Although Seattle Humane is doing an amazing job, the animals would still prefer a loving home to life in a shelter. From tiny chihuahuas to twin guinea pigs and chunky cats, there’s an animal for everyone.
A catalogue of several adoptable animals is available online.
When: November 21 to 30
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Seattle Humane, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue
Phone: 425-649-7563; due to the high volume of calls, the team will do their best to get back to you as soon as they can