November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.  So in honor of this, I want to bring your attention to the benefits of adopting a senior pet.  If you have ever thought about adopting, I encourage you to do so this month!

With nearly 3 million companion animals killed in U.S. shelters each year and millions more waiting and wishing for a loving home, that should be enough reason to adopt.  If it’s not, don’t forget that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills or back yard breeders.  These disgraceful breeding practices often result in neglect, abuse, and poor health for the puppy you would purchase.

What about getting a puppy from a breeder?  Puppies are cute, but they are A LOT of work, time, and money.  Why overpay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a puppy?  Save yourself the stress, time, and energy required to clean up housebreaking accidents, trying to stop chewing of furniture, and the overall high energy of a puppy. 

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Instead, adopt a senior dog.  If you have your heart set on a specific breed, adopt a senior dog from a Breed Specific Rescue in your area.

Senior shelter dogs are already housebroken, know basic obedience commands, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.  These are huge financial savings, which also save you time and energy (our most limited resources).

By adopting a senior dog, you are better able to see their temperament, energy level, and disposition.  Senior dogs are much calmer and relaxed.  A simple walk and a little play, along with your attention and affection is all they want!  There are countless senior dogs in shelters who would love nothing more than to have a loving home to call their own. 

I hope this encourages you to save a life and adopt your new best friend this month!  However, if you already have a dog or you can’t adopt right now, please at least visit your local shelter to foster, donate needed supplies, or volunteer to walk and play with these very deserving dogs who want nothing more than your love and affection.  Let’s make this month of November the best month possible for senior shelter dogs across the world!

Dog Trainer Steven Reid is owner of S.R. Dog Training in Westchester NY.  For more information about Steve, visit Also “Like” Steve on Facebook at

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