Senior pets arrive at the shelter for a variety of reasons. Their human companions may have experienced financial difficulties making the expense of caring for their pet no longer possible. Some come to the shelter when their human companions pass away or must move into an assisting living facility. Others are picked up by animal control and never redeemed by their owners. However they end up at the shelter, we believe senior pets deserve a chance to
find a loving home to live out their golden years.
The FFCAS has done much to improve the lives of senior pets. We have funded dental care and grooming, posted them on Petfinder.com to expand the search for a new home, and provided veterinary care for serious health problems or injuries. FFCAS recognizes that much more can be done for senior pets and their human companions, and as an organization we are looking into ways to fill this need, including:
- Educating the public on the benefits of adopting senior pets. While many people are drawn to kittens and puppies, older animals often fit better into the household. Older pets are calmer and require less attention than younger pets.
- Attending to the special medical needs of older animals. FFCAS is exploring a program to provide diagnostic blood tests on senior animals once they are made ready for adoption. If a medical condition is discovered, appropriate treatment can be given. It could also alleviate the fears about the health of the animal by potential adopters.
- Matching senior citizens with senior pets. This can provide significant benefits to seniors in our community. Sharing your life with a pet has been shown to alleviate loneliness and enhance your feeling of well-being.
- Developing a list of resources for citizens needing financial assistance with pet care. It’s heartbreaking to see pets given up for financial reasons. We hope by educating the public on available assistance, we will be able to help keep families and their beloved companion animals together.
We believe Pets, like a fine wine, improve with age. Consider a senior pet! Visit the shelter site to see all the animals available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.