By Cory McKeown
Sadly, we often get older pets surrendered to the shelter through no fault of their own. Quite often these senior dogs and cats are brought in when their older owners passes away, or became ill and could no longer care for them.
These guys can often linger at the shelter, passed over time after time as adopters pick younger pets. And the older pets are usually very bewildered, wondering what they did to cause them to lose the only home they have often had.
There can be many benefits of adopting a senior pet. They are usually calmer and better behaved than the youngsters. Often they are more affectionate and willing to just “chill” with their owners and be petted. And they can be very grateful when a new owner looks past the stigma of age and helps them be in a loving forever home.
“Stella” is a prime example of an older kitty who is lingering at the shelter with a broken heart. She ended up at the Humane Society when her owner passed away. She is a lovely petite tuxedo kitty who is about 9 years old. She is very sweet and loves to be petted. She gives soft little kisses to visitors and loves to lie in the sun. Stella would make a wonderful companion, yet she is passed by time after time.
“Mamie” and “Chica” are older dogs who were surrendered when their owner could no longer care for them. Mamie is a cute little “low rider” of a dog who looks to be part corgi and her companion Chica is a cute little brown and black Chihuahua mix. Their fairytale ending would be that they would be adopted into a home together, but this isn’t absolutely necessary.
Both these senior dogs are little people-lovers, and have good energy levels. They love attention and going for walks.
Senior pets can be adopted for a reduced fee. So, please, if you are wanting a loving new companion, consider one of the older cats or dogs. They have so much to give and are just looking for a break and your love.
The annual meeting of the Humane Society will be held on Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the annex building just west of the shelter. This is a great opportunity for members to meet newly elected officers and catch up on shelter news.
Our volunteers are the back bone of the SPCHS and we are always looking for folks who want to volunteer their time to support the shelter. Our next volunteer orientation will be held this Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at the shelter Annex building. Please join us and learn how you can help the shelter pets.
SPCHS Shelter is located at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: www.beachpets.com Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too!