The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

One of the greatest deeds you can do in this lifetime is to give a needy animal a loving home. This year, Felicity Huffman has joined Iams Home 4 the Holidays to help raise awareness and reach the goal of 1 million pet adoptions. Felicity has brought the campaign into the national spotlight, including her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The reason Felicity Huffman and millions of others feel so passionately about pet adoption is simple: they've had their lives forever changed by saving the life of an animal in need. But it doesn't stop there. The real gift is the loving relationship they've gained as a result. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why adopting a dog is a great idea.

First and foremost, you're adding a fun new member to your family. Giving your older dog a new friend can be challenging, but with proper training can be a wonderful experience for both of you. Remember that older dogs don't always have the patience for youngsters, so depending on your dog's temperament, you may want consider adopting an older pet. Just try to give your current old pal as much attention as he or she is used to in order to offset any jealousy as the result of your new addition.

An Affordable Option

Next is the benefit of saving money. Adopting a dog at a shelter can be a lot more affordable than bringing home a purebred animal from a specialized breeder. Some may argue that going through a breeder is the only way to get a so-called "quality" pet, but that is a myth. There are plenty of cute pets with wonderful personalities just hoping to have an owner like you to take care of them.

The Greater Good

Another major benefit of adopting a pet is the deed you're doing to help control the pet overpopulation problem. Too many precious animals starve every year because they weren't born and raised in a healthy environment. By adopting a pet, you're helping make sure no unwanted litters are born.

Finally, there's the benefit of convenience. Most animals that can be adopted from shelters are up to date with their vaccinations, and many are also spayed or neutered. That can save you additional money at the vet's office. Plus, some animals are socialized and even potty-trained!

Please consider adopting a needy pet. You'll not only be giving an animal in need the gift of life, you'll be gaining a potential lifelong friend in the process.