Jane’s thoughts on adopting a senior pet:
Boomer! I met this little guy while volunteering at the shelter, but someone had already applied to adopt him, and I saw him leave with a new family. I learned he was returned the next day because he was “too old”. Yes, he was 12 according to his microchip, and had vision and hearing issues. All contact information from the microchip was invalid, and it was obvious from his overall condition that he had been on his own for a while. A few days later he was adopted again, but returned by the second family in a couple of days because “he sheds too much”. As he sat in the kennel and barked constantly, he became so frustrated that he actually rubbed some skin off his nose trying to get out. On my shelter visit that day, I knew I had to take him home with me, if only to foster for a while. The next day I actually adopted him and the rest is history. Now, he is almost 14, has very little vision and impaired hearing, but is the happiest little guy ever. We love him so much and he has given us unconditional love in return.
Never underestimate the joy a senior pet can bring to us all.