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November is National Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month!
[caption id="attachment_10031" align="alignright" width="150"] An AHS' Hopeful Heart, 7-year-old Anna is the perfect lap cat, according to her AHS foster mom.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10030" align="alignright" width="150"] Just one of AHS' Hopeful Hearts, 9-year-old CJ, can't wait to spend his Golden Years with a new forever family.[/caption] Walking along the rows of kennels at the Arizona Humane Society it is not uncommon to find a group of potential adopters “oohing” and “ahhing” over the spunky, little kittens tumbling about and the naughty, playful puppies nipping at each other’s heels. Yet, just a few kennels away you are likely to find a distinguished old soul with a graying muzzle and lifetime of experience. Often referred to as AHS’ Hopeful Hearts (pets who are over the age of 5), pets like 7-year-old Anna, a domestic long hair cat, and 9-year-old CJ, a Beagle, have found themselves at the shelter in the midst of their Golden Years. This November, in honor of National Adopt-a-Senior-Pet month, AHS is encouraging people to open their hearts and their homes to a “senior” pet. Age may just be a number, but it can often take AHS’ Hopeful Hearts longer to get adopted. While there is a bit of debate over what qualifies as a senior pet, the true age of a pet varies as all pets age differently. Some factors to take into account are the breed, size, genetics, nutrition and the environment from which they have come. Despite those factors, the advantages of giving a senior pet the Golden Years they so deserve far outweighs any reason not to. Not only are these pets just as deserving, but people entering their Golden Years can also benefit from having a pet in their life. It has been proven that pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety while also boosting one’s immunity. AHS’ Partnering Animals with Seniors (PAWS) program is a win-win for shelter pets and their senior citizen counterparts as the program gives senior citizens, 60 years and older, the option to adopt a cat over the age of two for free and a dog over the age of two for just $25! Do you have the best senior pet in the Valley? Share your senior pet story with AHS!