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November is Senior Pet Adoption Month.

Shelters across the United States are teeming with elderly pets. During the holidays, many families seek to adopt shelter animals ranging in age from a few months to a few years. Many older pets are often overlooked simply because of their age.

It’s heartbreaking to see so many elderly pets in shelters. The reality for them is that for so long they have lived in a warm home with a loving family, but one day their life suddenly changed, and not always for the better. The sounds, sights, smells and unfamiliar people of a shelter can be both physically and mentally stressful for them. They don’t understand the changes and they sit in a kennel waiting and hoping for their families to come back for them. For the most part, their families never return.

Believe it or not, animals can suffer from depression just like humans. When these animals go through this depression, they stop eating and drinking; they stop grooming themselves and many literally waste away. They have closed and some are dying of broken hearts. An elderly pet should never have to spend their last days in a shelter.

To help all of the senior pets we care for find homes just in time for the holidays, the Humane Society of Imperial County is reducing our adoption fees for cats and dogs ages 8 and up for the whole month of November! Our adoption fee for senior dogs is $ 50, $ 20 for senior cats and all standard adoption benefits are included.

If you and your family can open your hearts and homes to a homeless pet in need this holiday season, please make a senior pet your first choice. After all, older pets make the best pets because they have the most experience providing us with unconditional love.

Devon Apodaca is executive director of the Humane Society of Imperial County.



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