November Is Adopt A Senior Pet Month

Dated: 11/03/2015

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by TJ Anderson

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Something I want to make sure to spotlight as we roll toward the holiday season: November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and there are a lot of good reasons to let that inspire some good thinking.

If you’ve been thinking about expanding your family with a new best friend, a senior pup might be your perfect match, and here’s why:

  • Senior dogs are often cool, calm and collected — comes with maturity, just like us. Want a top-notch Netflix-binge snuggle partner? An older dog gets it.

  • The tough training’s often already happened. If you don’t have the time, energy or desire to potty train, leash train, get commands down and all-around show a youngster the ropes, older dogs often already know what’s up. They’re ready to come in and just hang. And according to the ASPCA, cliche be damned, new tricks are plenty learnable, and “senior dogs are often easier to train than puppies due to their calm demeanor and prior interactions with human companions.”

  • Senior dogs need you. Puppies tend to be the first chosen when folks are adopting, and older dogs tend to be the last. These sweet pups really need someone to open up their heart and home and welcome them in. 

  • Folks who adopt senior dogs may not have the maximum time together, but you do have the opportunity to give a great dog a ton of love, and a chance to spend their golden years in a loving home instead of a shelter.

Dog adoption has been (and always will be) a big passion for me — the grown-up pup that lives with me, Ella, continues to inspire that. I’m committed to helping shelter dogs in Nashville find forever homes (and to helping my neighbors find friendship as great as Ella’s), so if you’re thinking about adopting a dog from Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control, keep in mind that I’m always willing to sponsor your adoption fees. Just reach out and tell me about your plans.

As a nod to Adopt a Senior Pet Month — and to put some faces to the bulletpoints above — here are some of the lovable older dogs at MACC now, looking for their forever family. 

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MILLIE - ID #A123237

Cute Millie is a female pit mix that’s around 8 years old.

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RANGER - ID #A123831

This handsome gentleman is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and about 12 years old.

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LUCKY - ID #A124168

Wanna help Lucky live up to his name? He’s around 8 years old, and a smooth-coated Chihuahua mix.

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INGRID - ID #A124185

Pretty, fluffy-eared lady Ingrid is an 8-year-old tricolor English Setter.

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FIFI - ID #A122845

Sweet Fifi is around 7, and a pit mix.

Metro Animal Care and Control is located at 5125 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211, and adoption hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about MACC, head to their website

To take a look at all the dogs waiting for homes at MACC, click hereAnd make sure you let me know if you’re planning to adopt or foster — I’m more than happy to sponsor either!

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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