These pets are pawsitively youthful, even though they are already considered seniors by the age of seven.
“If you have a seven-year-old dog at home, you might not think of them as a senior, they might not act like a senior, so just the terminology senior doesn’t mean that they’re past their prime or inactive or lazy or anything like that,” said Anna Payton, Executive Director for the Naperville Area Humane Society.
Many dog breeds have a life expectancy of at least ten years, and many cats live well past fifteen. Yet as “My Old Dog” author Laura Coffey explains, older animals may end up in a shelter through no fault of their own.
“Sometimes it’s just a life upheaval on their human owner something happens, maybe they go to a nursing facility or maybe the owner may pass away or some big financial issue…or something like this and so the animal who is accustomed to being in a home ends up in a shelter,” said Coffey.
Puppies and kittens are usually adopted quickly, but they require a lot of maintenance and training. Something older animals may not need.
“An older animal is going to be more accustomed to being at home, most likely house broken already, he’s past the chewing stage, you don’t have to worry about that. And you know what you’re going to get as far as size and personality, which is really nice too, make sure it’s a good fit for your family,” said Payton.
To help the Humane Society’s senior dogs get adopted, Lizzy’s Fund has covered adoption fees and other expenses since 2012.
“Lizzy Fund pays for vet bills, dental, adoption fees, grooming and sends them home with a nice welcome home package. To date we’ve helped over 100 senior dogs to be cared for and adopted through the Humane Society,” said Bernie Slupik, Co-Founder of Lizzy’s Fund.
Since the founding of Lizzy’s Fund, the length of stay for senior dogs has decreased by ten days.
And now, it’s the cat’s turn, as the Humane Society is hoping people will ‘paw’ it forward.
Payton explains, “We wanted to try and take the same success we’ve seen with Lizzy’s Fund, and apply it to our senior cats. So people can ‘Paw It Forward’ by donating $25, which is the adoption fee for a senior cat, to cover their adoption fee.”
While the Humane Society is always accepting donations for all of their programs, from now until April 30th, all contributions to Lizzy’s Fund will be matched.
And if you’re a younger cat, don’t worry, the Naperville Area Humane Society has a literary promotion hoping to help start the next chapter of your life.
Through their ‘Fifty Shades of Cats’ promotion, the adoption fee for all adult cats over six months old is just five dollars.
“It’s a really good time to come in, make a difference, add somebody to your family of the feline variety and it’s something fun and different so we’re really excited about that,” said Payton.
This program runs through the month of March.
To learn more about all of the Humane Society’s campaigns and to see animals available for adoption, visit their website.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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