Advocates say adopt senior pets any time of year, not just November

End of Senior Pet Adoption Month

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- As November comes to a close, so does Adopt a Senior Pet month, a time when animal lovers and shelters urge the public to ignore the stigma and consider taking home an older pet.

Old Dogs New Digs is a non-profit organization that gets senior dogs out of Maine shelters and into loving homes. Vice President, Eryn Ellis, says adopters usually walk right by dogs eight years old and up at the shelters because they're often looking for a puppy or worried a senior dog might not live very long. However, Ellis says with the right home and care, senior dogs can live healthy lives well into their teens. 

According to the ASPCA, of the roughly 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized annually in the U.S., 670,000 are dogs and 860,000 are cats. Senior pets are the fastest growing population of animals waiting for homes.  

Senior dog adopters who have worked with Old Dog New Digs describe their older dogs as "ready-made," having already been house and leash trained and looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. Plus, senior pets don't need the constant supervision that puppies and kittens require.  

If you're interested in adopting a senior dog or any senior pet, check out Old Dogs New Digs or any of our Fetch ME a Home partner shelters:  The ArkNew Hampshire SPCAKennebec Humane SocietyCoastal Aroostook Humane Society,  PAWS,  SPCA of Hancock CountyCocheco Valley Humane SocietyAnimal Refuge League of Greater PortlandLucky Pup RescueCoastal Humane SocietyMaine Chinchilla Shelter, and Animal Welfare Society.

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