Update 11/11/19: MHS will waive all adoption fees for animals 7 years of age or older now through November 30.

This November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at the Michigan Humane Society. These animals are just as loyal and full of love as their younger counterparts.

It’s no secret that puppies and kittens get a lot of attention when people are looking for a pet to adopt. Sadly, this leaves senior dogs and cats spending more time at the shelters than necessary.

However, adopting a senior pet is a great addition to your family. Animals in their twilight years provide plenty of benefits, including:

  • Constant supervision is generally unnecessary compared to caring for and training puppies and kittens.
  • Senior pets are usually a lot calmer in the house and definitely not as mouthy like a puppy.
  • A lot of senior pets are already potty trained, which is very convenient.
  • Senior pets are fully grown so you won’t be caught off guard by unexpected growth spurts.
  • Senior dogs are a great option for college students who want a dog but don’t have the time to raise a puppy.

Thanks to the ASPCA and Subaru, all adoptable animals 7 years of age or older will have their adoption fees waived November 1-10 at any MHS location!

Of course senior pets have their own health needs as they age, including medication and managing their physical activity accordingly.

Check out some of the senior dogs and cats for adoption at the Michigan Humane Society animal shelters below during Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

Senior Pets Available to Adopt at Michigan Humane Society

Lily the dog.

Lily

  • Type: Boxer mix
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 8 years, 1 month
  • Animal ID: HSLC-A-8487
  • Location: Howell

Lily likes to take life easy and chill with you. She loves to be petted anytime. She doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs and doesn’t have experience with cats.


Cat available to adopt at the Michigan Humane Society.

Chumbawumba

Chumbawumba will play with you when you want but also chill when you want too. She loves to be petted but doesn’t have a history with children. Chumbawumba doesn’t have a history with other dogs and cats so introductions need to be made slowly.


Madeline the dog.

Madeline

  • Type: Corgie, Beagle
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 7 years, 7 months
  • Animal ID: 891699
  • Location: Westland

Update: Madeline has been adopted!

Madeline is a low-key girl who would love to nap with you. She wants all the pets too. She doesn’t have a history with children, dogs and cats so please make slow introductions if any of those apply to your home.


Christopher the cat.

Christopher

  • Type: Domestic Longhair
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 8 years, 1 month
  • Animal ID: 890756
  • Location: Westland

Christopher likes to be petted but you can’t be clingy. He doesn’t like sudden movements and loud noises so we don’t recommend a home with small children. If you love naps, Christopher is the cat for you.


Miss Cat the cat.

Miss Cat

  • Type: Domestic Short Hair
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 9 years, 1 month
  • Animal ID: 890381
  • Location: Westland

Update: Miss Cat was adopted!

Miss Cat likes to keep to herself but she does like some petting. She had cat friends in her previous home but she doesn’t have a history with dogs. Miss Cat may not be a good fit for children.


Robert Van Winkle the cat.

Robert Van Winkle

  • Type: Domestic Short Hair
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 8 years, 1 month
  • Animal ID: 890657
  • Location: Westland

Robert Van Winkle is classy, as you can tell from his photo. J/K. He’s pretty low-key and loves to nap. He doesn’t have a history with cats and dogs so introductions should go slowly.  Robert isn’t a fan of being handled so children may not be a good fit.

See all of the animals available for adoption at the Michigan Humane Society on our Adopt a Pet section.

Photo credit: Pexels / Michigan Humane Society

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