Pet adoption is a valid option for seniors who are considering getting a pet. The adoption route can meet a wide range of needs. For example, if a senior is immobile, a cat is a much better option than a dog. Cats do not require walking and can be left alone for hours/days.
Seniors should always consider an older dog or cat as older pets are calmer, quieter, and require less maintenance.
One particularly important step before adopting is to have the pet examined by a vet. A pre-existing illness can really be a financial burden.
Some of the concerns that seniors have expressed regarding pet adoption are:
- The lack of transport to get pet to vet, groomer etc.
- Losing the ability to care for the pet
- Having to give the pet away, or sheltered and possibly being destroyed
- Burdening family with caring for the pet