November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and Homeward Pet is happy to focus on their senior animals.
Homeward Pet is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter serving the Seattle area. It is their mission to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption programs. Homeward Pet has been rescuing and adopting pets for 22 years.
Every year, Homeward helps more than 1,300 cats and dogs find their forever families. This week, Homeward Pet would like you to know about two very special seniors: Keeko and Millie.
Millie is an eleven-year-old cat whose needs are simple: She only wants a warm bed, a loving touch, and a tender owner. Sadly, Millie came to Homeward Pet because her owner died, and while she receives excellent care there, she really needs a quieter place to take her many naps.
Millie is truly no trouble at all. This gorgeous gal has a melodious purr and a very amusing snore. This senior sweetheart works diligently to maintain her good looks (think Feline Jane Fonda)! Millie hopes to find a home were she can spend her golden years curled up in front of a fireplace, receiving lots of love and some tasty meals. If Millie seems like she would be a good fit with your family, then come visit Homeward Pet Adoption Center to meet her!
Keeko is a beautiful Malamute who came to Homeward Pet from the Yakima area. Keeko’s owners were no longer able to provide care for her and Keeko is waiting to find her forever family. Keeko is a large girl, weighing in at roughly 130 pounds. If you are looking for a larger than life dog, Keeko may be the one for you!
At ten years of age, Keeko is a senior who is patiently waiting for her forever home. Keeko gets along well with most other dogs, but she needs to go to a home that doesn’t have cats. Keeko is looking for a home that has children over the age of six who will be respectful, as she does have mild arthritis. Seniors like Keeko are a joy to adopt as they are usually calmer, well-behaved, and have had some training. This calm, laid back, and easygoing gal will make a wonderful family companion. If Keeko seems like she would be a great addition to your family, then come visit Homeward Pet Adoption Center to meet her!
Why should you adopt a senior pet?
According to Homeward Pet, there are numerous reasons why you should adopt a senior pet.
Homeward’s Executive Director, Terri Inglis, stated: “My family consists of three senior pets: Two dogs and one cat, all of which were adopted. We all love the cuddly kittens and rambunctious puppies, but at the end of the day, I would take a mature, loving senior home any day.”
Older animals are frequently overlooked during the summer kitten and puppy season, but these wise, wonderful friends can make the perfect companion. Consider the following reasons to adopt a senior pet.
Six great reasons to adopt a senior cat:
- Older cats are easier to take care of – their calmer character is perfect for a senior citizen, an empty nester, or even a busy professional who’s worried about kitty getting into trouble while he or she is at work.
- Senior cats’ personalities are well-established, so you know what temperament you’re getting.
- Older cats are often more tolerant, and better with small children.
- Adopting a senior cat makes a statement about compassion and the value of life at all ages.
- Homeward Pet senior cats are 8 years of age and up, so they’ve still got plenty of life ahead of them, and may well live another decade or more!
- Most importantly, every cat regardless of age deserves a good home.
Seven great reasons to adopt a senior dog:
- Older dogs are often calmer and have usually had some training, both in obedience and house training.
- Senior dogs have been socialized and have already learned what it takes to be part of a “pack.”
- With a senior, what you see is what you get – you don’t have to guess how big they’re going to get or what their personality will be.
- Senior dogs are less demanding of your time, content to just hang out while you read a book or get a good night’s sleep (try doing that with a puppy!). But these instant companions are also ready to go when you are – hiking, car rides, fetch and more.
- Adopting a senior dog makes a statement about compassion and the value of life at all ages.
- Homeward Pet senior dogs are 8 years of age and up, so they’ve still got plenty of life ahead of them!
- Most importantly, every dog regardless of age deserves a good home.
About Homeward Pet:
With as many as 50 dogs and cats available at any given time and over 1,300 animals adopted out annually, Homeward Pets promotes no-kill alternatives through their innovative programs. All of the animals receive full medical and behavioral evaluations, and their adoption staff is adept at working with people to ensure their new family member’s successful transition into a permanent, loving home.
Animal Rescue and Transfers
Homeward Pet takes animals in from a number of places – overcrowded area shelters, surrenders from local families that can no longer care for their dog/cat, and rescue groups throughout the state. They focus on giving homeless, abandoned, and sometimes abused animals a second chance at a healthy, happy life with a caring guardian.
While at Homeward Pet, animals who have any behavioral issues coming out of animal shelters are retrained and rehabilitated to become better companions in their new homes. After the adoption, Homeward helps with behavior consultations, positive reinforcement dog training classes, and any other advice an adopter may need.
Medical and Spay/Neuter Clinic
Homeward’s on-site veterinary team assesses the health of each animal and provides appropriate treatment and vaccinations. In addition, they spay/neuter all of the animals who come through their shelter, so that future guardians can be educated about and benefit from this service that prevents more animals from ending up in shelters around the country.
Volunteering and Foster Care
Homeward Pet Adoption Center relies upon the help of dedicated, caring animal lovers who generously volunteer at the shelter each week. From bottle-feeding motherless kittens to answering phones to offering foster care to our special needs animals, their volunteers improve the quality of life for the homeless pets who are sheltered at Homeward every year.
Homeward supports high school requirements for community service. For more information about how to become a volunteer, please visit this site.
Homeward can be the guardian of your pet in the event of death or illness. Pet owners in the community can bequeath their animals to Homeward in a will and they will make sure your pet finds a wonderful new home (some restrictions apply).
Homeward Pet strives to provide a safe and healthy transition home to the animals they rescue and adopt out, but they hope that their mission inspires others in the Seattle community to learn more about animal needs and how to raise and live with a healthy and happy animal. To this end, they regularly send out tips on animal safety and care. They also make their services, like the clinic and animal trainers, available to members of the community.